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Audi maintains growth behind imports
Automotive News China | 2018/11/9

Strong demand for imported cars and light trucks helped Audi¡¯s China sales rise 5.4 percent to 56,499 in October.

Audi¡¯s import sales surged 34 percent to 5,369, benefiting from a cut in China¡¯s tariffs on imported vehicles earlier this year. 

The import tally includes 1,240 Audi A5 sedans and 1,445 Q7 SUVs, according to FAW-Volkswagen, VW¡¯s joint venture with China FAW Group Corp. which produces and markets Audi vehicles.

Sales of Audi¡¯s locally produced models rose 3 percent to 51,130. 

Audi builds three sedans, the A3, A4 and A6, as well as three crossover models, the Q2, Q3 and Q5, in China. 

Through October, Audi¡¯s China sales totaled 537,886, a jump of 14 percent from the same period last year. The tally includes 491,327 locally built models and 46,559 imports. 

Audi¡¯s primary German rivals, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, have not released October sales in China. 

Beijing slashed tariffs on vehicle imports in July to 15 percent from 25 percent. To retaliate against the Trump administration¡¯s punitive tariffs on Chinese goods, including China-made automobiles, Beijing raised tariffs on vehicles imported from the United States to 40 percent. 

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