Audi car sales in China rise 20% in June
FRANKFURT -- Audi new-car sales in China rose 20.4 percent last month to 33,309, helped by strong demand for the Q5 mid-sized SUV, the automaker said in a statement on Thursday.
In the first six months, Audi sold 193,871 cars and SUVs, a rise of 37.8 percent over the previous year and a record for the premium automaker.
"Audi continues to be the best-selling premium brand in China," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi's sales chief. "We intend to remain on this successful path in 2012 and to continue our double-digit growth."
Six-month sales of the locally-produced Q5 SUV were particularly strong, rising 86.7 percent to 43,150, while the China-built A4 L grew sales by 42.9 percent to 51,131 units.
Audi says it will begin exports of its small Q3 SUV to China at the end of July.
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