Audi of America Inc., which ended 2000 by breaking its 1985 sales record of 74,061, will add a fourth high-performance S model to its lineup this fall.
"Our performance initiative — it's real and it is one of our core values," Hunt said.
The S6 Avant will join three other S models in the lineup — the S4, S4 Avant and S8. The S4 Avant and the S8 went on sale in December as 2001 models.
Audi of America broke its sales record Dec. 12, the "culmination of our comeback," Hunt said.
Audi sales for 2000 were 80,372, up 22 percent over 1999 sales. It was Audi of America's sixth consecutive year of double-digit growth.
Audi hit its low point in 1991, when U.S. sales bottomed out at 12,283.
"It is a tremendous feeling to pull out of the dark valley we've seen," Hunt said. He predicted sales in 2001 will again be double-digit growth, despite the sales downturn the domestic automakers are experiencing.
Hunt said the redesigned A4 sedan, now on sale in Europe, will go on sale in the United States this fall.