New record year for AUDI AG with over 1.74 million deliveries in 2014

Worldwide sales increase by 10.5 per cent

– Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: “Successful year 2014 is evidence of our brand strength”

– Sales chief Luca de Meo: “In the United States, Audi is growing at almost three times the rate of the market”

– New all-time high in Europe and extended leadership in Chinese premium market

AUDI AG: neues Rekordjahr mit ueber 1,74 Mio. Auslieferungen in 2014

INGOLSTADT, Germany —— In 2014, AUDI AG clearly exceeded its goal of 1.7 million deliveries: By year-end, the company handed over around 1,741,100 cars to customers, 10.5 per cent more than in 2013. The company was thus once again able to accelerate its growth pace and achieved with around 165,600 additional customers the second-highest volume increase in its history. The coveted SUV models* (+15.8%) and the A3 family* available worldwide for the first time in 2014 (+53.2%) contributed primarily to the strong sales total. In December, Audi continued to post double-digit growth and concluded the year with sales up 14.7 per cent to around 150,000 units for the month.

“2014 is impressive evidence of the Audi brand’s strength,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “We accomplished a very successful record year even before the second stage of our model initiative. Meanwhile, conditions in many markets continue to be challenging.”

Sales chief Luca de Meo emphasises the ongoing globalisation of AUDI AG’s business as an important success factor: “Last year, we advanced in all regions around the world and gained market share. We increased our lead in the Chinese premium segment and concluded the year in Europe significantly above the pre‑crisis level of 2007. On the U.S. market, Audi is growing at almost three times the rate of total automotive sales.”

Overall, Audi achieved new all‑time highs in 50 countries in 2014. Globally, the company’s deliveries increased by more than 100,000 units for the fifth year in a row. Compared to sales of 949,729 units in 2009, almost 800,000 more customers chose the brand with the four rings last year.

In the United States, deliveries more than doubled in the same period of time, from 82,716 automobiles in 2009 to 182,011. In 2014, the brand with the four rings achieved an increase of 15.2 per cent in the United States. With 19,238 deliveries, December was the strongest sales month ever for Audi of America, and the 48th record in a row – as in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Audi again succeeded in beating the respective prior‑year volume each month in 2014. The Q5* played a significant role in this, rising to become the best‑selling Audi model in the United States for the first time with 42,420 units (+5.1%). The full‑size SUV Q7* also made significant progress in its ninth year of sales, increasing 15.9 per cent. In the compact segment, the Q3* extended Audi’s SUV portfolio on the U.S. market in fall; moreover, the A3 Sedan* celebrated its successful premiere at American dealerships in spring. Canada (+19.5%) and Mexico (+10.5%) also contributed to Audi’s successful year in North America with double‑digit growth. Despite difficult market conditions in several countries, sales in South America also increased considerably for AUDI AG, above all in Brazil (+89.9% to 12,350 cars). Demand in that country grew faster than expected, resulting in dealerships running low on cars at the end of the year.

In Europe, Audi sales climbed 4.2 per cent in 2014 to 762,900 cars – a new record for the highest selling premium brand in the region. Whereas in Western Europe alone the total market continued to lag behind its pre‑crisis level of 2007 by around one fifth, Audi sales in 2014 exceeded those of 2007 by around eight per cent. Audi UK in particular recorded a strong boost in sales last year, reaching the 150,000 mark for the first time with a plus of 11.8 per cent to 158,829 customers in the United Kingdom. Audi also saw considerable growth in Spain (+9.4% to 38,277 cars); in Germany (+2.2% to 255,582 cars) and Italy (+4.3% to 49,022 cars), the company also sold more cars than one year ago. In the ongoing unstable economic environment in France, Audi reached the previous year’s level (+0.4% to 57,214 cars). The brand with the four rings closed out 2014 in each of the five largest Western European automotive markets as the highest selling premium brand in the passenger car segment. In Russia however, sales didn’t maintain the levels of the previous year. Due to the challenging conditions in the market, 34,014 deliveries for Audi remained 5.9 per cent below the 2013 record, while still developing more stable than the market as a whole. Across all European markets, the A3 family (+19.0%) was among the key drivers of Audi’s positive performance in 2014. Launched in the fall of 2013, the all‑new A3 Sedan exceeded expectations in Europe, too. In addition, the particularly efficient ultra models provided a strong impetus. Introduced gradually onto the markets over the past months, the ultra portfolio already accounted for nearly 10 per cent of Audi sales in Europe in 2014. For the A6*, the share of ultra models in Europe was even around one third.

Among the major Asian markets, South Korea reported the highest growth for Audi in the year just ended, up 38.0 per cent to 27,647 customers. Thanks to strong demand in particular for the brand’s full‑size models, Audi’s sales figures have increased more than four fold in the market over the past five years. Despite their slowed market dynamics, Japan (+9.1% to 31,356 cars) and India (+8.5% to 10,851 cars) also performed positively for Audi in 2014. Audi continued its growth in China as well, increasing sales by 17.7 per cent to 578,932 cars in 2014. AUDI AG thus became the first premium carmaker to sell over a half a million units in China within a single year. In December alone, Audi handed over 62,576 automobiles to Chinese customers and registered the highest monthly sales total in its history. In addition to further increasing sales in the full‑size category, Audi’s growth in 2014 was also fueled by the locally produced A3 Sedan available since fall and the entire SUV family. Compared to one year ago, Chinese dealerships delivered twice as many of the Q3 compact SUV alone (+103%).

Also worldwide, all of the brand’s SUVs posted increasing sales figures and together achieved a 15.8 per cent growth to 507,500 cars. Almost one in three Audi customers chose an SUV in 2014 – this translates into more than doubled SUV sales compared to 2011. With the Q3 and Q5, both bestsellers of the Q family are the most successful premium models in their respective competitive segments. In the full‑size category, Audi will present the new Q7* at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit beginning mid-January.

Sales AUDI AG        In December                                                  Cumulative

                          2014     2013    Change from 2013   2014      2013      Change from 2013

World              150,000 130,738   +14.7%                        1,741,100  1,575,480    +10.5%

Europe            49,100    47,922     +2.4%                         762,900    732,278       +4.2%

– Germany      14,733     15,813      -6.8%                          255,582     250,025      +2.2%

– UK                 7,973       7,193        +10.8%                       158,829     142,039      +11.8%

– France          4,121        4,118        +0.1%                          57,214        57,012        +0.4%

– Italy              3,326       3,526        -5.7%                           49,022       47,007       +4.3%

– Spain            1,770        1,555        +13.8%                        38,277        34,977       +9.4%

– Russia           2,983      2,585       +15.4%                         34,014        36,150       -5.9%

USA                  19,238     17,013      +13.1%                         182,011       158,061     +15.2%

Mexico            1,458        1,336       +9.1%                           12,939         11,712        +10.5%

Brazil              228           595           -61.7%                          12,350         6,502        +89.9%

China              62,576      48,325     +29.5%                        578,932      491,989     +17.7%
(incl. Hong Kong)

*Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A3: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 3.2; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 35

Audi A3 Sedan: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.0 – 3.3; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 162 – 88

Audi Q3: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.6 – 4.4; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 203 – 114

Audi Q5: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.5 – 4.9; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 199 – 129

Audi A6: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.2; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 224 – 109

Audi Q7: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.7 – 7.2; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 249 – 189

Audi Q7 new: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 5.7; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 193 – 149

[Source : Audi]

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