Audi is reversing the trend and is selling more cars in China again. Previously, the VW subsidiary in Ingolstadt suffered a sell-down in its most important market. The reason was a conflict with local traders.
Ingolstadt Audi is back on track for growth in China after settling the dispute with the car dealers. The Ingolstadt-based VW subsidiary sold nearly 52,000 cars in its most important market in June, 1.7 percent more than a year ago. Due to the conflict with the dealers, the sales had shrunk for six months. That's why Audi sold only 909,000 cars in the first half of the year - 4.7 percent fewer than in the same period last year.
Sales Director Dietmar Voggenreiter said on Friday: "June has confirmed that the trend for Audi is developing positively in all regions of the world. After a difficult first half of the year, we expect a stronger second half of the year given the current order situation. "The new flagship A8, which celebrates its world premiere next week and will be launched towards the end of the year, should also contribute to this. Worldwide, Audi sold almost 171,000 cars in June - 1.0 percent more than a year ago. In Europe, the group grew a good two percent, in the US even more than five percent.
Voggenreiter sees the reorganization in China as a "door opener to the market potential of the coming decade". Audi wants to build and sell cars in China not only with the FAW Group, but also with the SAIC Group as the second partner. This had greatly unsettled the previous dealers. Audi agreed a joint dealer and sales network with all those involved at the end of May.
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