Audi says GCC sales up 26% so far in 2012

German car manufacturer says on track to post new sales record for region this year
(Bloomberg)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 13 Oct 2012 10:22 AM

Audi has said it is on track to post a new sales record for the Middle East in 2012, after reporting its highest sales for September, for the third quarter and for year-to-date.

Sales for the first nine months of 2012 increased by 18.3 percent to 6,629 units compared to the same period in 2011.

In the third quarter alone Audi delivered 2,355 vehicles to customers, an increase of 12.5 percent.

In September, the German car maker sold 902 units, breaking the 900 units barrier for the first time.

The company said the UAE was the most important Middle East market in terms of volume with 2,747 units sold so far this year, up 12.2 percent.

Al Nabooda Automobiles, official dealer for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, is set to open the world's largest Audi showroom in Dubai in November.

GCC sales overall increased by 26.5 percent to 6,629 units, it added.

While all GCC markets registered double-digit growth, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were the most important markets after the UAE with sales of 1,420 and 948 units and growth of 36.1 percent and 29.7 percent respectively.

Audi said sales in Syria had "come to a halt" due to the conflict in the country.

"We are on track for a record year in 2012," said Jeff Mannering, managing director Audi Middle East.

"Several markets of the region were affected by political unrest, however, the larger countries, particularly the UAE and Saudi Arabia, are pulling ahead on the back of strong core models, new model launches and improved infrastructure in sales and after sales service."

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