Audi of America June Sales Highest in 2006
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Audi of America, Inc., today reported 8,039 vehicle sales for the month of June, an 11.3 percent increase over year ago sales. This is the fourteenth monthly sales increase over the past 17 months, and a positive indication that Audi will meet its goal of record sales in 2006.
Sales in June were up or on par across the Audi line up. The all-new Q7 performance SUV tallied 1,310 sales in June, the first official month of sales for that vehicle. Sales of the A3 and A6 models were up significantly again, 17.9 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. The Audi A3 recorded 665 sales in the U.S. , with most sales coming from the all-important Southern California market.
Clearly our all-new Q7 performance SUV is a hit with consumers, said Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America, Inc., executive vice president. Our dealers are telling us that the Q7 is driving increased showroom visits, including all new customers to the brand. Importantly, consumers are reacting well to all of our vehicles, which means were not relying on one or two vehicles to carry our volume increase.
Audi sales for the first half of 2006 totaled 40,455, a 6.8 percent increase over last year. This puts Audi on track with de Nysschens goal of earning a sales record in 2006. The previous annual sales record for the brand was in 2003 when Audi dealers sold 86,421 vehicles.
Audi of America is launching 18 all-new models and variants between 2005 and 2007. June marked the official sales launch of the Q7 performance SUV and the 420-horsepower RS4 sports sedan. Later this fall, Audi will introduce the A4 and S4 Cabriolets, and the V-10 S6 and S8 performance sedans.
Audis history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the nimble Audi A3; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the award-winning TT Coupe and Roadster.