FRANKFURT — It’s certainly not the best of times for auto sales. The two biggest markets of the world, Europe and the U.S., have stumbled. Franz-Josef Paefgen, chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, describes his home market of Germany as "persistently weak." Still, Paefgen says 2001 has not only been good for Audi but is turning out to be the most successful in the company’s history. From January through August, Audi increased deliveries by about 9% — more than 480,000 cars — ...

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