FRANKFURT -- Audi sold just 1 percent more vehicles last month than a year ago as the brand's Chinese sales fell sharply and growth slowed in the U.S.
Sales in November were 147,750 in November, Audi said today in a statement.
The slowdown in the Chinese market and the phase-out for the first-generation Q7 in the United States hit sales, Audi's sales and marketing chief Dietmar Voggenreiter said in the statement. "The sustained high demand for Audi models in Europe and our good global order situation continue to provide momentum for the months ahead," he said.
Audi's sales in China dropped 5.8 percent to 49,519. U.S. sales rose just 0.4 percent to 16,700. The brand's volume grew 6 percent to 62,300 in a European market rebounding from economic woes, including an 8.6 percent rise in its German domestic market.
Audi said sales were up 3.4 percent in the first eleven months to 1.65 million.
Audi's volume lags higher gains at German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 5.6 percent to 167,853 in November and by 5.8 percent to 1.72 million in the first 11 months. Mercedes brand sales rose 7.4 percent to 161,953, helping to lift 11-month sales by 14 percent to 1.69 million.
Reuters contributed to this report