Audi continues to set new records as the German manufacturer announced that it delivered a total of 320,276 (2010: 274,417) cars in the third quarter of this year, a 16.7 percent increase. As a result, the firm generated revenue of €10.9 (2010: 8.4) billion and a record operating profit of €1.4 (2010: 0.9) billion. With 973,211 (2010: 829,281) vehicles, Audi deliveries increased by 17.4 percent from January through September.
What is more interesting is that Audi already exceeded the operating profit for the whole of 2010, in just nine months. At the end of the current business year’s third quarter, the operating return on sales was at 12.2 (2010: 8.7) percent. Apparently, the introduction of the new models such as the A8 played an important role, especially for the United States.
The A8 and the Audi A7 Sportback also improved the model and equipment mix. Regarding the Chinese market, which is becoming one of the most important for the German manufacturer, Audi delivered 226,010 (2010: 174,907) cars in the first nine months of this year and it expects to sell more than 300,000 cars by the end of 2011. Models such as the Q5 and long-wheelbase versions of the A4 and A6 produced locally in Changchun helped the brand improve its sales.
Featuring the composure of a sports saloon, the new Audi Q5 features highly variable interior and versatile options as well as dynamic and efficient engines. It also features quattro permanent all-wheel drive, Audi drive select control system and the state-of-the-art seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission -- all allowing the premium SU to perform in any season and any terrain.
Dimension-wise, the new Audi Q5 is provided with all-new proportions and a more purposeful stance, thanks to its width of 1.88 meters and height of 1.65 meters. Moreover, the new premium SUV from Audi boasts of a low coefficient of drag of 0.33. The new Audi Q5 is presented with an array of elegant, flowing lines, with the front end marked large single-frame grille, as flanked by expressive headlights. Audi is offering as options for the new Q5’s headlamps a set of bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights.
It comes with a rail mounted on the SUV’s sloping roof. Its sides are marked by rising edges and large wheels. Its rear end, meanwhile, features an aluminum wraparound tailgate that closely links it to the larger Audi Q7. Customers may also specify the tail lights with LED lighting technology. On the other hand, the external trim of the new Audi Q5 could be availed in three different options: black as standard, a contrasting color, or a body-colored paint finish.
Audi is also offering two body packages: the S-line and the off-road style packages. The S line exterior package lends the performance SUV a sportier appearance while the off-road style package adds 19-inch wheels as well as underbody protection both on the front and back.