FRANKFURT – Audi sold 120,200 cars in September, a rise of 17.1 percent over 2010 figures, thanks to strong demand from China.
"During the first week of October we had already equaled our sales record for all of 2010 in China. We want to pass the 300,000 mark for the first time in 2011," Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi head of marketing and sales, said in a statement Monday.
Since the beginning of the year, the company has sold a total of 973,200 cars worldwide, a rise of 17.4 percent over 2010 figures.
In China (including Hong Kong), Audi's biggest market, the automaker sold 29,476 cars in September, a rise of 33.2 percent over 2010 figures. Since January the carmaker has delivered 226,010 cars in the region, a rise of 29.2 percent.
In Germany, Audi's September sales rose 7.5 percent to reach 20,002 deliveries. Overall sales this year, in the automaker's second-largest single market, rose 15 percent to 185,022 cars.
European sales were given a boost by deliveries in Audi's third-largest market, the UK. The brand delivered 18,653 cars in September, a rise of 15.7 percent. From the start of the year, Audi has sold 93,781 units in the UK, a rise of 13.2 percent over last year's figures.
Overall in Europe, Audi sold 67,200 cars in September, a year-on-year rise of 9 percent. Since the beginning of the year, Audi has sold 552,000 cars in the region, a rise of 12.3 percent.
In the United States, the brand sold 9,725 units last month, a rise of 19.3 percent. Between January and August, total sales in the brand's fourth-largest market grew to 84,981 units, a rise of 15.5 percent over 2010 figures.
Audi plans to increase its import product range in China this year and expand into new segments with the A1 and the A7 sportback, the company said in a statement.