By Andy Sambidge
German car maker says more than 2,600 vehicles delivered; UAE was the biggest market
German car maker Audi has said sales in the first quarter of 2013 rose more than 23 percent compared to the same period last year.
In total 2,615 Audi vehicles were delivered to customers in the first three months of the year, up 23.8 percent, Audi said in a statement.
With 55 percent of total sales, the UAE was the largest market for Audi in the Middle East in terms of volume.
Sales in the Emirates grew by 37.6 percent to 1,159 vehicles sold in the first quarter.
Audi said its local partners in the UAE, Al Nabooda Automobiles and Ali & Sons, are investing heavily in sales and aftersales infrastructure in order to accommodate the growing demand.
Sales remained stable in Saudi Arabia, Audi's second biggest market in the region, with 467 vehicles sold in the first three months of 2013.
Kuwait ranked third with sales of 319 vehicles and an increase of 12.9 percent. Double digit growth was registered also in Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Iraq.
"Our sales results are the bottom line of products we deliver and the service we provide," said Trevor Hill, managing director of Audi Middle East.
"By focusing on capacity and quality across the region we are strengthening the backbone for this growth and the future success of Audi in the region: satisfied customers."
The Audi Q7 SUV remains Audi's top selling model with 572 vehicles sold in the first quarter and an increase of 72.3 percent. The new Audi Q7 is expected to arrive in the Middle East in mid-2015.
The Audi Group delivered 1,455,100 cars globally to customers in 2012.