Audi is systematically extending its lead in the field of connectivity. Through its subsidiary Audi Electronics Venture GmbH (AEV), the brand with the Four Rings has acquired a stake in Cubic Telecom, a global forerunner in M2M technology. Together, Audi and Cubic Telecom intend to develop connectivity solutions for the automobiles of the Audi brand.
In 2014, AUDI AG clearly exceeded its goal of 1.7 million deliveries: By year-end, the company handed over around 1,741,100 cars to customers, 10.5 percent more than in 2013. The company was thus once again able to accelerate its growth pace and achieved with around 165,600 additional customers the second-highest volume increase in its history. The coveted SUV models* (+15.8%) and the A3 family* available worldwide for the first time in 2014 (+53.2%) contributed primarily to the strong sales total. In December, Audi continued to post double-digit growth and concluded the year with sales up 14.7 percent to around 150,000 units for the month.
Audi continues to show strong growth in the Asia/Pacific region with 12,037 automobiles sold in July, a 7.6 percent increase compared to the prior-year month (11,189). In China (including Hong Kong), 9,403 new automobiles were sold (up 7.1 percent). Russia is also showing considerable growth with 1,454 customers, a 7.5 percent increase over last year (1,352). Audi posted growth of 10.6 percent in Eastern Europe with 3,466 more automobiles sold than the year before. And some 83,200 cars were handed over to their new owners worldwide, 2.5 percent more than July 2007.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).