Audi AG delivered around 144,650 cars to customers worldwide in January; as such, sales performed positively in the two largest markets.
In China the company achieved its best January result in its history, with sales up 5.1% to 64,000 units sold. In the German domestic market the Ingolstadt-based carmaker handed over 23,359 cars (+1.5%). Despite the government shutdown, demand in the U.S.A is virtually on par with the strong prior-year level (14,253 sold automobiles, -1.8%). Worldwide deliveries were down 3.0% year-on-year due to the decrease of sales in European region.
"2019 will also be dominated by the switch to the WLTP test cycle and preparations for the next stage of the test procedure, as well as by many new highly compelling models of our brand," says Martin Sander, currently in charge of operations at the Marketing and Sales division of Audi AG.
"At Audi the topic of electrification in particular will take centre stage. We will be starting three all-electric models and substantially expanding our PHEV portfolio." In addition to the Audi e-tron, the all-electric models include the e-tron Sportback and the Q2 L e-tron for the Chinese market. The company will be unveiling new plug-in hybrid models at the Geneva Motor Show in March.