Audi posts robust January sales after strong demand from China

VOLKSWAGEN’S premium unit Audi yesterday said it expects a strong first quarter after January sales rose by 39 per cent thanks to strong demand in China.

The launch of the Q5 offroader and the A5 sportback is expected to continue driving growth, the German carmaker said.

“With this successful start we’re on target to reach the record we set in 2008 of 1m cars sold, which we want to achieve again in 2010,” Audi sales and marketing head Peter Schwarzenbauer said.

Audi delivered 77,800 cars globally in January, with sales up 39 per cent in the US market and 23 per cent higher in Europe outside of Germany. Sales in China more than doubled, and in Germany sales rose 9.3 per cent, the company said.