MUNICH -- Volkswagen AG's premium unit Audi AG expects to reach its unit sales target for China two years earlier than previously planned, Audi's head of sales told Automotive New Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
"In 2013, we aim to sell about 200,000 cars in China," Peter Schwarzenbauer said.
Previously, the company had planned to reach that target in 2015, which is the same time that Audi aims to have worldwide sales of 1.5 million cars, up from 1 million in 2008.
Schwarzenbauer added that Audi expects to sell 136,000 cars in China this year.
Last year, Audi maintained its spot as the market's leading premium brand with sales of 119,598 vehicles in China including Hong Kong. Through eight months, Audi has sold 93,610 cars in China, a 17.4 percent increase compared with the same period last year, the company said.
Last Saturday, Audi and its Chinese joint-venture partner, FAW, opened a new 100 million euro (about $148 million) assembly hall. It is part of the FAW-VW plant in Changchun. The long-wheelbase Audi A4 and the Audi Q5 will be build in the new hall.
In the United States, Audi aims to sell 80,000 new vehicles this year and plans to double that number by 2015, Schwarzenbauer said. In 2008, Audi sold 87,760 units in the United States, down from 93,506 in 2007, according to the Automotive News Date Center.