LOS ANGELES – While many auto makers are eying the coming year with caution, Audi AG executives here boast a growing portfolio of products ranging from cross/utility vehicles to a new $100,000-plus supercar will continue the auto maker’s sales momentum through 2007.
Ralph Weyler, member of the board of management with responsibility for marketing and sales, says Audi will finish 2006 with sales of 900,000 units globally, up 70,000 units from 2005.
A continued flurry of new vehicles, from an Audi A4 coupe to a smaller CUV named the Q5, modeled after the Q7, will continue the auto maker’s sales drive.
A roadster version of the new Audi TT was exhibited for the first time at the show here, and officials also trotted out the previously introduced R8 sports car that aims to compete with the likes of, Porsche and Maserati.
Pricing of the R8 has yet to be announced, but officials suggest it will be in the range of $110,000 to $130,000.