Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi set a new sales record in China in 2008 and has begun construction on a new assembly plant in Changchun to expand production capacity.

The German automaker sold 119,598 vehicles in China and Hong Kong in 2008, an increase of 17 per cent over 2007, and marking the brand as the market leader in the premium segment. Models include the A4, TT, Q7, a long-wheelbase version of the A6, and the A8, which enjoys its largest market worldwide in China. A long-wheelbase version of the A4, manufactured exclusively for the Chinese market, was also launched at the start of 2009.

“We are extremely satisfied with the results of our largest foreign market,” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of Audi AG. “Even if the Chinese market does not grow as dynamically as in recent years, we will continue to pursue our growth strategy.”

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