Audi's January sales up 12% on China, Germany demand

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FRANKFURT -- Audi's global vehicle sales rose 12 percent to 124,850 in January, driven by growth in Germany and China.

Audi said deliveries grew in all of its major markets and was supported by strong demand for its compact vehicles. Sales of the carmaker's A3 lineup grew 67 percent last month to 17,450 units, while the Q3, currently Audi's smallest SUV, jumped 73 percent to 15,000 units.

Audi said the results built on record sales in 2013 and added it was confident of future growth in the coming year.

"We seamlessly built on the 2013 record figures in January and are taking this momentum into the new year…our goal is to continue our growth in 2014 and develop more strongly than the worldwide overall car market," sales chief Luca de Meo said in a statement.

Audi's China sales rose 18 percent last month to 44,526, while in Europe, deliveries grew 8 percent to 53,750. Sales in Germany, Audi's No. 2 market, jumped 19 percent to 17,426, followed by the UK in third place, with 10,783, a rise of 9 percent. In the United States, deliveries were up just less than half of a percent to 10,101.

Audi is aiming to sell 2 million cars a year globally by 2020. Last year, the Volkswagen Group unit sold a record 1.58 million.

On Wednesday, rival Mercedes-Benz said brand sales rose 15 percent to 109,477 last month.

Reuters contributed to this report

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