Audi accelerates to record sales

Audi revealed record sales for 2012 yesterday and pledged to break the record again this year. The car manufacturer sold 1.46m vehicles last year and plans to increase deliveries to over two million by 2020, as it aims to continue to take the fight to BMW. Yet slumping demand in core European markets saw operating profit edge up by just 0.6 per cent last year to €5.38bn (£4.7bn) while net profit fell two per cent to €4.35bn, the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer said.