FRANKFURT -- Audi sold a record 106,000 cars in July, 16 percent more than a year earlier, thanks to demand in Europe for the new A6 and in the United States for the A7, as well as strong growth in China.
"We've seen the sharpest growth in our luxury-class models: The new A6 sedan has had an outstanding reception in Europe,'' Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi head of marketing and sales, said in a statement Friday.
"The incoming orders for the A7 are well above our expectations, particularly in the United States," he added.
Since the beginning of the year, the company has sold a total of 758,950 cars, a rise of 17.4 percent over 2010 figures.
Audi sales were helped significantly by buoyant growth in its biggest export markets, China, the U.S. and the UK, while sales in Germany also grew at a double-digit rate.
In China (including Hong Kong), Audi's biggest market, the automaker sold 27,767 cars in July, a rise of 35.2 percent over 2010 figures. Since January the carmaker has delivered 168,466 cars in the region, a rise of 29.2 percent.
In Germany, the automaker's second-largest single market, Audi's July sales rose 13.8 percent to reach 21,423 deliveries. In total, Audi has sold 146,514 cars in Germany since January, a rise of 15.4 percent.
In the U.S., the brand sold 9,146 units last month, a rise of 17 percent. Between January and July, overall sales in the third-largest market grew to 65,055 units, a rise of 15.6 percent over 2010 figures.
Overall in Europe, Audi also saw strong sales, selling 57,700 cars in July, a year-on-year rise of 8 percent. Since the beginning of the year, Audi has sold 440,550 cars in the region, a rise of 12.7 percent.
In its fourth-largest market, the UK, the brand delivered 8,155 cars in July, a rise of 14.5 percent. From the start of the year, Audi has sold 71,515 units in the UK, a rise of 12 percent over last year's figures.
Audi said it expects to introduce the A7 in China at the end of this year; the longer version of the A6 sedan will follow in 2012.