- Audi has made a successful start into the new
year: "In the first two months of this year we have been able to once
again increase our deliveries to customers", stated Dr. Franz-Josef
Paefgen, the Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, today at
the world debut of the Audi allroad quattro at the Geneva Motor Show.
Deliveries of Audi cars to customers by the end of February will
presumably amount to more than 90,000 units worldwide, approximately
11 per cent more than in the same period last year.
Paefgen: "We are confident that we will be able to further improve
our good position in the premium segment by introducing new products
and expanding our model line-up also in future. In this process we
expect substantial momemtum from our new Audi A2, the first
large-scale production car in the world made of aluminium, and the
allroad quattro, a car combining the comfort of a saloon with
outstanding offroad driving qualities." The A2 will be introduced
into the market as of mid-June, deliveries of the allroad quattro are
starting in May.
The first Audi quattro made its debut 20 years ago in Geneva,
establishing "a strong foundation", in Paefgen's words, "for the
success the Company is enjoying today". In the course of the last 20
years Audi has built more than 800,000 cars with quattro drive. Five
years ago 10 per cent of all cars delivered to customers by Audi came
with permanent four-wheel drive, the share of Audi quattros then
increasing to more than 25 per cent last year. This year, in turn,
Audi anticipates the sales of four-wheel-drive models to increase
further to approximately 30 per cent.
Audi operates worldwide in developing and manufacturing
high-quality, high-tech automobiles. The company produces in Germany,
Hungary, Brazil, China, and South Africa. In 1999 Audi's production
output amounted to approximately 626,000 cars and more than 1.2
million engines, with turnover of more than DM 29 billion. The Audi
Group has a workforce of approximately 46,500 employees.
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