Buyers wait at least three months for Audi A6, A3 - report

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Feb 21, 2011
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Audi is struggling to keep up with the global market's demand for the A3 compact and the A6 midsize executive cars as the German carmaker has a three to four month average waiting period for these models, Bloomberg.com reported.

"If sales continue to grow like this, it'll be difficult to say how long it could take to reduce waiting times," Audi AG sales Peter Schwarzenbauer was quoted saying in the Bloomberg article. "We're working at full capacity at our plants and may add extra shifts on Saturdays."

Audi spokeswoman Esther Bahne said customers generally receive their cars within eight to 10 weeks after placing their order during periods with more normal levels of demand.

The report also noted that Audi accounted for 47 percent of parent company Volkswagen's operating profit in the first nine months of 2010, with the luxury unit's deliveries increasing by more than 30 percent in the last five years to reach a record 1.09 million sales in 2010.

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For 2011, the report said Audi is expecting to achieve a "double-digit" vehicle sales growth in China and the United States in 2011. The German carmaker is also targeting a growth in the stagnant European market, with industry-wide global sales increasing by 5 percent for a total of 62 million vehicles.

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