Audi shows an 8.9 percent increase in November sales

Article by Christian A., on December 9, 2009

Audi experienced an 8.9 percent increase in sales in November 2009 over the same month in 2008. The German carmaker sold a total of 82,750 cars in November but if you look at the figures from January 1 until the end of November, Audi had sold 870,600 units.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi marketing and sales member of the board, confirmed that it has already exceeded this year's target for China in November.

He said that Audi's leadership position in China strengthens the company. He also mentioned that sales figures in the Americas and Europe are also developing very well.

However, in China, the reaction has definitely not been lukewarm. In fact, China more than doubled its sales and posted a 101.9 percent increase, after it had sold 16,503 units. Since the start of the year, a total of 139,872 cars were sold in the region. Meanwhile, US sales for the past two years have been largely unchanged.

Audi was only able to sell 6,810 units, with the first eleven months of the year recording a 7.9 percent decrease, with some 73,686 cars sold. On a global scale, Audi reports that it has exceeded the previous year's figures in 42 markets in November.

Earlier this year, at the 2009 North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Audi unveiled the Sportback Concept, a new study that symbolizes the Sportback principle in its purest form by combining elegance, sportiness and variability.

Serving as core of the Audi Sportback Concept is the 3.0-liter TDI engine also found under the hood on the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI. This engine can deliver up to 225 hp (165 kW) of output and up to 550 Nm (405.66 lb-ft) of torque. The mill mated to a new 7-speed tiptronic transmission.

The Audi Sportback Concept can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 7 seconds and achieve an electronically limited electronically top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).

In September, the German premium carmaker took the wraps of new Audi E-Tron Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi E-Tron Concept is seen to be a preview of the much-rumored R4 and is basically represents the intent of the carmaker to develop an electric road car in the future when the technology is right.

Powering the Audi E-Tron Concept are four electric motors -- one pair at the front and another pair on the rear axle. They provide a total available power output of 313 bhp and a whooping peak torque of 3,319 lb.-ft. The new Audi e-tron concept can accelerate from nil to 62 mph in around 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 124 mph.

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