German car maker Audi has announced that sales in the Middle East rose by more than 16 percent in the first nine months of 2013.
Deliveries to customers in the region increased by 16.4 percent to 7,719 units compared to 6,629 in the same period in 2012.
The Audi Q7 remained the brand's front runner with a total of 1,567 units sold across the region - an increase of 37.8 percent.
The 7-seater SUV was followed by its smaller cousin, the Audi Q5 SUV, with 1,262 units and the Audi A6 sedan with 1,263 units.
Trevor Hill, managing director of Audi Middle East, said: "2013 will be the first time where we'll cross the threshold of 10,000 units sold annually in the Middle East. This is a big achievement for us.
"As we grow in the region we have to maintain our Audi premium promise also in sales and after sales service and we've initiated a number of large-scale construction projects together with our regional partners to achieve that," he added.
The strongest markets in terms of year-to-date sales for the first three quarters of the year were the UAE with 3,235 units (up 17.8 percent), followed by Saudi Arabia with 1,403 units and Kuwait with 1,018 units.
October year-to-date Audi's figures are up 15.4 percent compared to the same period last year, achieving sales of 8,593 vehicles across the region, Audi added.