Audi expects to boost its sales in China significantly this year after a record 2008 in its second biggest market after Germany.
Audis China sales increased 17 percent to 119,598 in 2008, compared with the year before.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the carmaker expects to continue to expand sales in China. Even if the Chinese market does not grow as dynamically as in recent years, we will continue to pursue our growth strategy, Stadler said in a statement.
The Volkswagen-owned premium brand currently is constructing a 120 million euro assembly line in FAW-Volkswagens factory in Changchun, northeast China.
The 100,000-unit line is expected to open in the summer of 2009. It will produce Audi's Q5 premium SUV and the lower-premium A4 from complete knockdown kits.
The new line is part of Audi's plan to double its sales in China to 200,000 by 2015.
Chinese sales of the Audi A8 increased 35 percent to 4,608 units in 2008, making China the worlds largest market for the brands flagship car.
Audi also boosted sales of the Audi A6 long-wheelbase version and the A4 by 14 percent to 105,958 units. Both cars are built in Changchun.
The brand also increased sales of cars it imports into China from Germany by 55 percent to 12,160. These included the TT sports car, whose sales were up 68 percent 1,764 and the Q7 SUV, whose sales grew 52 percent to 5,806.
Audi started selling a long-wheelbase version of its A4 in China earlier this month. The A4L was designed specifically for the Chinese market where many executives travel in company cars driven by chauffeurs.
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