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Audi goes with growth target for the new year

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HB MUNICH. "Although the impact of the global economic crisis in the next year are still in evidence, we want to grow again in 2010," said AudiChairman Rupert Stadler on Wednesday in Ingolstadt. In November, from 900 000 to 925 000 vehicles raised the sales target had been reached, said a company spokesman. "Because of the dynamics in the Chinese market we will have to wait and see if it has been surpassed." 2008 had Audi something more than one million vehicles sold.

The fourth quarter of this year, the automaker after own statements as previously announced with a better operating result than the previous finish three-month period. Between July and September was the result of the operational VWDaughter-in view of the skid marks by the automotive crisis of 760 million last year to 348 million euros into. Concrete figures for the fourth quarter of 2009 call Audi On Wednesday, however, not yet.

For the full year it had issued to enter the beginning of the year goal, a significantly positive result achieved. "Even early in the year everywhere there was great uncertainty," said Stadler. In a joint effort of the employees have worked but that the VWDaughter was able to maintain successful than the competition. On the "positive sales" were in addition to the sales of the Audi Q5, the A6 and A5-family also outstanding results in the largest overseas market, China contributed. There was Audi already achieved in the last week of October, the sales of all 2008 of 119 598 vehicles sold.

Only at the beginning of the week had Audi its multi-billion dollar investment plans for the coming years materialized. Accordingly, the company intends to invest from 2009 to 2012 approximately 7.3 billion euros, 5.9 billion euros in new products and future technologies. Wants to expand its range of car manufacturers by 2015 from currently 34 to 42 models. Next year, eight new models will come on the market.