With over 591,000 cars delivered in the first four months of 2015, Audi looks set to surpass its previous record of 1.74 million cars sold in 2014.
At the 126th Annual General Meeting of Audi AG in Neckarsulm, Germany earlier today, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said, “We intend to continue growing this year – faster than the world market and in all regions. Our brand aims to set new records.”
The growth will be supported by the Audi Q7 which was recently launched in Europe, as well as the new Audi TT, new RS 3 Sportback and new R8. Audi also confirmed that the next-generation A4 is set to join its model line-up in the second half of this year.
The company also adds that in order to attract new customers to the Audi brand, the company plans to systematically expand its model range in the coming years. By 2020, 60 different models are to be offered, including three additional members of the Q family.
A sub-compact Q1 SUV will join the line-up in 2016, while the upcoming Q8 is expected to debut in 2019, taking over from the Q7 to become Audi's new flagship SUV model.
A yet-to-be-named sporty, electric drive (likely to be a plug-in hybrid e-tron model) SUV model will also be added in 2018.
Overall, Audi says it plans to expand its model range from today’s 52 to 60 vehicles in 2020.