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Audi pips Mercedes in Q1 in best-ever India sales

April 07, 2014 11:28 IST

Audi pips Mercedes in Q1 in best-ever India sales

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BS Reporter in Mumbai

German luxury car seller Audi opened 2014 by scoring a lead over arch-rival Mercedes-Benz, retaining its tag of being India’s largest luxury car seller.

The brand with four rings sold 2,740 units during the January-March period against 2,554 units by Mercedes-Benz, the world’s oldest automobile company.

This is Audi’s best quarterly sales in India.

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Image: Audi's CEO Rupert Stadler speaks next to an Audi TTS during a Volkswagen Group Night event ahead of the 84th Geneva Motor Show in Geneva late March 3, 2014.
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Joe King, head, Audi India, said: “The double achievement of selling 10,000 units in a single financial year and calendar year validates the strength and stature the brand has achieved in India.

“We are looking forward to consolidating our position while growing profitably in the future as well.”

Audi announced that the launch of the A3 sedan, which would take place during June-July this year.

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Image: Mercedes C-class Grand Edition.
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The company, which assembles cars from a Maharashtra-based plant, reported a growth of 4.74 per cent compared to the year-ago period when it sold 2,616 units.

In March, Audi clocked its best-ever monthly sales of 1,404 units in India.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz, which outsold Audi in the final two quarters of the last calendar year, closed the first quarter of this year at the second spot with Audi having a lead of 186 units.

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Image: View of the grille of the Audi Allroad Quattro e-tron.
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The action between the two companies is expected to further increase as both brands prepare to unleash new models in the coming months.

While Audi will unwrap the A3, Mercedes is preparing to commercially launch its compact sports utility vehicle GLA, which it had showcased at the India Auto Expo held in February this year.

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Image: The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is seen on stage following a news conference at the New York Auto Show in New York, March 27, 2013.
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Industry sources say given its booking numbers, the company expects to beat Audi in the second quarter.

Mercedes, which was the first to reveal its sales figures for the January-March quarter, clocked a growth of 27 per cent.

BMW, the third high-volume luxury car company in India, did not disclose its sales for the quarter.


Image: The Audi S8 is unveiled during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
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