By Andy Sambidge
German car maker posts 16% rise in regional sales in the first nine months of the year
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.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
If Audi is serious about it's growth in ME, they need to tackle some of the pressing issues they have with Tires. In my new Q7 that came with Dunlop tires, the noise is so bad at even very low kilometers done on the car. Something is badly wrong and both Audi and Dunlop are blaming each other leaving their customers in between.
I had exactly the same issue with my Dunlop tires on the new Q7, but Audi is not doing anything about it. it is a shame. Such a great car with low customer service. My boss was thinking to go corporate with them, but was turned down with such issue! I hope they look into it
the ME Audi Boss said in the report that he need to maintain the Audi premium promise..here is a priority number 1:take care of your customers with the new cars and Dunlop issue.