BOLZANO, Italy – Audi AG is playing its cards conservatively by tempering expectations for its newest model, the ’06 A6 Avant. While most auto makers would crow about volume growth, Audi says it expects the A6 Avant merely to maintain the modest 2,500-unit U.S. sales pace set by the S6 wagon and the old A6 Avant combined, both derived from the previous-generation A6. Audi doubts consumers will adopt the new Avant (better know as a station wagon in the U.S.) in droves. Rather, executives ...

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