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Mazda Sales Up More Than 21 Percent Year-Over-Year
Mazda Achieves Fastest Year-to-Date Sales since 1994 with More Than 100K Vehicles Sold

IRVINE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported April U.S. sales of 21,506 vehicles, representing an increase of 4.2 percent (up 17.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis) versus last year.  This is the best April sales month for Mazda since 2008.  On a calendar year-to-date basis, Mazda's sales are up 21.5 percent (22.7 percent DSR), with 103,529 vehicles sold.

Key April sales notes:

   Not since 1994 has Mazda reached 100,000 vehicle sales so soon in the sales year.
   The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV, named "2012 Crossover of the Year" from Autobytel and an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" is already a popular choice for customers.  In its second full month of sales, 3,521 vehicles were sold in April.  Mazda 6 sales are up 38.3 percent versus last year with 3,780 vehicles sold.
   Mazda's SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, the brand's engineering-focused philosophy toward improving all-around vehicle efficiency, is already demonstrating strong sales through its fitment in the 2012 Mazda3 (up to 40 MPG highway) and the all-new CX-5 (highest highway (35 MPG), and best combined (29 MPG), fuel economy of any SUV sold in the U.S.).  Mazda's total SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY sales for April account for 25 percent of total sales for the month.

Rounding out April sales for the North American market, Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported its April sales of 1,849 vehicles, down 15.0 percent versus April of last year.  

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American Suzuki Announces April 2012 Sales

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American Honda Reports April Auto Sales: CR-V Sets April Record, Accord Sees 41-Percent Gain, All-New 2013 Acura RDX Fast Out of the Gate
Honda division sales up 9.2 percent, Acura sales up 18 percent

TORRANCE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda today reported April 2012 U.S. sales of 122,012 units, an increase of 10 percent based on the daily selling rate*. The Honda division posted April 2012 sales of 109,837, an increase of 9.2 percent compared to April 2011. Acura's U.S. April sales of 12,175 were up 18 percent compared to April 2011.

Honda
- Honda Accord sales up more than 40 percent compared to April 2011, demonstrating the strength of Accord, even as an all-new version is set to debut this fall.

- New April sales record for CR-V. Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Ridgeline all post double-digit percentage sales gains compared to last year.

- Honda Civic Hybrid sales up more than 600 percent on heightened fuel-price sensitivity.

"With double-digit sales growth in April, the Accord continues to be the retail sales leader in the mid-size segment," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales. "As other manufacturers resort to fleet sales, the quality and value of the Honda Accord continues to win new customers even as we prepare to launch an all-new model this fall."

Acura
- 2013 Acura RDX is fast out of the gate, with sales of the all-new SUV up more than 65 percent compared to same period last year.

- All core Acura models (TL, TSX, RDX and MDX) post double-digit increases compared to 2011, while MDX remains Acura's best selling model.

- The all-new ILX compact luxury sedan goes on sale May 22.

"We're delighted to see customers embrace the right-sized 2013 Acura RDX," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "It's great to see so many new owners recognizing the remarkable combination of class-leading fuel economy, performance and luxury in our new SUV."

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 24 days for April 2012 and 27 days for April 2011. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 101 days for 2012 and 102 days for 2011. All percentages reflect DSR.

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Mitsubishi Motors Reports April Sales

CYPRESS, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported April 2012 sales of 5,280 units, down 34.7 percent compared to April 2011.

"Currently our sales are impacted by our models whose production was completed last summer," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.  "This is a condition that will continue for several more months."

"However, we anticipate we will realize positive sales momentum from the beginning of domestic production of our Outlander Sport this summer, in Normal, Illinois.  Year-to-date sales of Outlander Sport are up 3.2 percent compared to the same period last year," Yokozawa added.  "Also, sales of our all-electric Mitsubishi i are growing every month with the continuation of a gradual state-by-state rollout."

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales and marketing operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States.  MMNA sells cars and light trucks through a network of approximately 400 dealers.  For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

                         

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Hyundai Motor America Reports Best-Ever April Sales
- Total sales up despite three fewer selling days
- Second best month in company history
- For the year, 39 percent of all Hyundai vehicles sold have 40 MPG highway EPA labels

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America, the most fuel efficient automaker in the U.S., today announced an all-time April sales record of 62,264 units, up 1 percent over last year's all-time April record, and the second best sales month in company history after last month's all-time record. With three fewer selling days this April versus last April, Hyundai's average daily sales rate improved 12 percent.

"Never has a relatively flat sales month felt quite so good," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales. "We definitely felt some pullback from an overheated March sales pace but really picked up some momentum at the tail end of the month and finished with a flurry to set another all-time volume record.  Vehicle availability continues to improve and our announcement just last night of the assembly plant expansion in Alabama will provide much needed production increases for our highly fuel efficient Sonata and Elantra sedans, while generating nearly 900 new jobs for the local economy. "

In its first month of sales, the all-new Azera is off to a torrid start with sales up 399 percent over last April, while Hyundai's family of RWD premium products, Genesis and Equus, continue to deliver outstanding sales results with volume up 36 percent over a year ago.  In an ongoing effort to meet retail demand, business to fleet accounts continues to run at less than a 10 percent mix, amongst the lowest levels in the industry.

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Infiniti Sales Increase 5.4 Percent For April
- April Marks First Full Month of All-New Infiniti JX Luxury Crossover Deliveries -

FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 7,129 vehicles for the month of April, an increase of 5.4 percent versus 6,761 units a year earlier. Calendar year-to-date sales for Infiniti are 33,349, down 3.6 percent from 34,597 units in 2011.

April marked the first full month of availability for the all-new Infiniti JX, with sales of 2,079 vehicles. To date, 2,619 Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossovers have been sold, contributing to a 20 percent increase in Infiniti crossover and SUV sales for the year.

"Customers have reacted very favorably to the Infiniti JX, and our retailers have reported record traffic in their stores since it went on sale in March," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "We expect that our new luxury crossover, which fits into the Infiniti line perfectly between the FX performance crossover and the QX full-size luxury SUV, will continue to be one of our strongest selling models."

The Infiniti JX offers best-in-class interior volume and fuel economy, as the world's first Back-Up Collision Intervention System. It also allows unprecedented access to the spacious third-row, even with a child-safety seat attached in the second-row.

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Highest April On Record For Mercedes-Benz With Sales Of 22,336
smart up 63%, Sprinter up 76.3% For the Month; Total MBUSA at 25,066 -- up 30.8%

MONTVALE, N.J., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported April sales of 22,336 for its Mercedes-Benz models, a 23.8 % improvement over April 2011, delivering a year-to-date total of 83,849 new vehicles to customers, up 17.5%.  Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter for the month totaled 25,066, up 30.8% bringing a year-to-date total of 91,972, up 22.4 %, making this the company's highest April on record.


Sales for the month of April were led by the C-, E-, and M-Class model lines.  The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 6,424 and the 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 5,328.  MBUSA's top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 3,057, up 53.6% compared to April 2011.  Other strong performers were the company's popular new CLS four-door coupe which saw a 522.1% growth and the all-new SLK roadster which increased 215.5% over April 2011.  The SLS AMG supercar retailed 104 for the month, up 92.6% over the same period last year.

On a year-to-date basis, top performers again were the C-Class with 24,531 (up 20.1%) the E-Class with 19,201 and the M-Class with 14,537 (up 58.2%).

Monthly sales of the high-performance AMG models were 529, up 55.1% versus April 2011 (341) and up 60.6% year to date.  Additionally, despite fluctuating gas prices, diesel sales increased to 2,300 up 142.4% over the same period last year (949) and up 85.8% for the year.

The company's smart brand continued six consecutive months of sales increases with April sales of 764 vehicles, a 63% jump for the month (compared to the 467 vehicles sold in April 2011) and brings the year-to-date volume to 3,028, up 74.6%.

On the van side, sales of Sprinter Vans also saw strong momentum in April with sales of 1,966 – up 76.3% over last year and up 35.4% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,368 vehicles in April; a -10.2% decrease when compared to April 2011 (sales of 7,091 vehicles).  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 26,292 vehicles, a decrease of -1.3% over the comparable period (with sales of 26,629).

Source:  Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Best April Sales In Company History
- April marks fifth consecutive month of sales gains for the brand

CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for April 2012 of 26,310 vehicles, a six percent gain over April 2011.  The company also reported year-to-date sales of 106,878, a 16 percent gain over prior year.

Year-to-date sedan sales for the brand have also increased with the all-new Impreza up 157 percent over prior year and Legacy sales up 12 percent.  

"Subaru sales have exceeded 100,000 in four months – a first in our company's 44 year history," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc.  "With new vehicle introductions on the horizon, we expect 2012 to be another banner year for our brand."

"More people than ever are shopping the Subaru brand," said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "The all-new Impreza continues its very strong launch and we are working to match demand with supply.  This positive sales momentum will certainly continue throughout the year."

Source:  Subaru of America, Inc.  

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Toyota Sales Increase 11.6 Percent In April 2012
Camry up 20.9 percent; Prius records best ever April

TORRANCE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported sales of 178,044 units, an increase of 25.5 percent compared to April 2011 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  Unadjusted for 24 selling days in April 2012 versus 27 selling days in April 2011, TMS sales were up 11.6 percent over the year-ago month on a raw volume basis.

The Toyota Division posted April total sales of 160,493 units, an increase of 27.2 percent over April 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota Division sales were up 13.1 percent over the year-ago month.

"Thanks to continued strong sales of Camry and Prius family, Toyota was America's number one retail brand for the second straight month," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "With consumer confidence improving, we expect to see sustained industry growth in the months ahead."

The Lexus Division reported total sales of 17,551 units, up 12.3 percent over April 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were flat compared to last year.

Toyota Division                                                                    

Toyota Division passenger cars posted combined sales of 99,450 units, up 44.3 percent over April 2011.  Camry and Camry Hybrid led passenger cars with combined monthly sales of 36,820 units, an increase of 36.1 percent year-over-year.  The Prius family recorded its best ever April with sales of 25,168 units, increasing 126.9 percent compared to the same period last year.  Corolla reported sales of 24,804 units, up 15.2 percent over the year-ago month.  Avalon was also up with sales of 2,881 units, a 20.9 percent increase.

Toyota Division light trucks recorded April sales of 61,043 units, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to April 2011.  The RAV4 compact SUV led light trucks, posting monthly sales of 15,196 units, up 9.7 percent over last year.   Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 9,352 units, an increase of 18.3 percent over the year-ago month.  The 4Runner midsize SUV recorded April sales of 3,783 units, increasing 5.7 percent. The Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 10,901 units, an increase of 16.7 percent over April 2011, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 7,219 units. The Sienna minivan recorded sales of 9,451 units.

Scion posted April sales of 5,503 units, up 8.4 percent versus April 2011. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,008 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle recorded April sales of 1,617 units.  The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 962 units, followed by the xD five-door urban subcompact with 916 units.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 9,441 units, up 25.6 percent over April 2011.  The entry luxury sedan ES led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 3,000 units.  The IS luxury sports sedan recorded April sales of 2,344 units, flat compared to the same period last year.  The GS and GS hybrid posted combined sales of 2,006 units, an increase of 486.2 percent over the year-ago month.  The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted sales of 1,620 units, increasing 108.3 percent year-over-year.

Lexus luxury utility vehicles reported sales of 8,110 units, flat versus April 2011.  The RX and RX hybrid posted combined monthly sales of 6,842 units, while the LX recorded sales of 517 units, up 92.6 percent over last April.

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted April sales of 32,593 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 124.6 percent compared to the same period last year.  Toyota Division posted sales of 30,126 hybrids for the month, up 142.7 percent over the year-ago month.  Lexus Division reported monthly sales 2,467 hybrids, increasing 17.6 percent year-over-year.

Source: Toyota  

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Porsche Reports April Sales
911 Sales up 69 percent - Best April ever for PCNA

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced April 2012 sales of 3,437 vehicles. This compares to 3,172 vehicles last April, for an increase of four percent. For the year, Porsche sold 10,596 cars in the U.S., which is a four percent increase over last year's sales of 10,179.

"April 2012 sales resulted in a record April for PCNA and shows the momentum building for our new, seventh-generation 911," said President and CEO, Detlev von Platen. "We are thrilled with the overall progress as we only sold the first new 911 Carrera Cabriolets in April and are looking forward to our highly anticipated third-generation Boxster arriving in Porsche dealerships the beginning of July."

With 1090 sales of the new 911, the evergreen sports car showed a 69 percent increase over April 2011. Panamera sales were up 45 percent with 868 cars sold. Porsche sold 1,376 Cayenne models, a decrease of 13% over the same period last year.

For the month of April 2012, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 791, compared to 779 last year – a 1.5 percent increase. Year-to-date, Porsche's CPO sales are up 9.1 percent (3,174 vs. 2,907).


Source: Porsche  

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Nissan North America Reports April Sales

FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported April U.S. sales of 71,329 units versus 71,526 units a year earlier, down 0.3 percent.  Nissan Division sales decreased 0.9 percent for the month at 64,200 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 5.4 percent over the prior year, to 7,129 units.


NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   Nissan Division posted 64,200 sales, down 0.9 percent from last April's 64,765 unit total.
   Sales of the Nissan Versa posted a new April record, with 8,335 deliveries, an increase of 30 percent over the prior year.
   Nissan Rogue sales also set a new April record at 8,563 units, up 1.8 percent.
   Nissan's lineup of trucks and SUVs delivered strong gains, with Frontier sales up 21.9 percent, Pathfinder up 26.5 percent, Titan up 25.1 percent and Quest up 96 percent.
   Nissan Altima sales for April totaled 16,239, as Nissan prepares to begin sales of the all-new 2013 Altima in June. A special introductory program offering 3 years or 45,000 miles of complimentary maintenance for the all-new Altima has seen over 55,000 customers to www.nissanusa.com to configure the new mid-size sedan.

"Coming off of a blockbuster March, April showed signs of strength with record months for Versa and Rogue, and solid gains for our trucks," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "With an all-new Altima coming this summer leading five all-new, volume-selling models in a span of just 15 months, we expect Nissan's sales momentum to grow."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   Infiniti today reported sales of 7,129 units for April, an increase of 5.4 percent from 6,761 units a year earlier.
   In its first full month of sales, Infiniti JX deliveries totaled 2,079 units, making it the brand's second-best selling model.

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. April 2012 had 24 selling days, while April 2011 had 27 selling days.

Source Nissan  

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Kia Motors America Announces Record April Sales
Strong Demand for Optima, Soul and Sorento Leads to Kia's 20th Straight Monthly Sales Record; Annual Sales Up 22.2 Percent

IRVINE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) has been the fastest growing car company in the United States[1] over the past five years, and the brand's strong momentum continued with best-ever April sales of 47,550 units.  Kia has achieved 20 consecutive monthly sales records thanks in large part to continued high demand for the brand's two U.S.-built* products – the Optima midsize sedan and Sorento CUV built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) – as well as the ongoing popularity of the Soul urban passenger vehicle.  Sales of the fuel-efficient 2012 Rio subcompacts, which can deliver up to 40 miles per gallon[2] on the highway, increased 55.6-percent over the same period in 2011.

"Our record April performance is the latest illustration of how far the Kia brand has progressed as we continue to attract new customers with our unique value formula of world-class design, outstanding fuel efficiency, premium features and cutting-edge technologies," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG.  "KMMG recently was named 'Large Manufacturer of the Year' by the State of Georgia, and the plant's success is a major contributor to our growth.  With more new products and technologies set to arrive within the next year, we will continue our efforts to raise consumer awareness and consideration for the Kia brand and our full lineup of stylish and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Kia's Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling.  Kia Motors America's full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand.  In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality[3] and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking[4].  Kia's U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the U.S. –  the Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan[5].  Kia's value- and technology-laden 2012 model year lineup also includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

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BMW Group U.S. Reports April 2012 Sales
BMW brand up 15.7 percent year-to-date
MINI brand up 6.0 percent year-to-date

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 26,793 vehicles, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 25,247 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 13.7% on sales of 102,522 in the first four months of 2012 compared to 90,204 in the same period in 2011.

"The momentum of the first quarter proved strong enough to give us a good result in April and I expect solid growth to continue through the rest of Spring and into Summer," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America.  "There's no shortage of desire in the market, now it's all about having the right models and being able to meet growing demand."

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 12.0 percent in April for a total of 21,062 compared to 18,801 vehicles sold in April, 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 15.7 percent on sales of 82,611 compared to 71,417 sold in the first four months of 2011.

In April, best performing vehicles included the X5 SAV up 50.9 percent to 3,561 units; the 3 Series, up 20.8 percent to 9,003 units; and the 6 Series, up 92.9 percent to 513 units.

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

In April, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) fell 7.0 percent to 13,511 vehicles from the 14,521 vehicles sold in April 2011.  January through April, BMW used vehicle sales are up 2.1 percent on volume of 54,862 compared to 53,735 in the same period of 2011.  

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 5,731 automobiles in April, a decrease of 11.1 percent from the record 6,446 sold in April 2011.  Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 6.0 percent on volume of 19,911 compared to 18,787 in the first four months of 2011.

Source: BMW  

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Audi sets all-time U.S. sales record for the month of April
- Audi reports 16th consecutive month of record sales, marking the fourth-best month ever in U.S. for the brand
- April new vehicle sales up 15% to 11,521 vehicles sold in the U.S.
- Premium category vehicle sales (A8, A7, A6, and Q7) up 52% in April

HERNDON, Va., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi today reported record-setting April sales with a 15% increase to 11,521 new vehicles sold, marking the 16th consecutive month of record sales in the U.S.  April sales also marked the fourth-best month ever for the brand and set the all-time sales record for the month of April.

"Audi's progressive luxury positioning in the market clearly speaks to discerning consumers as they are seeking out the most technologically advanced vehicles in the market," said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. "This is the fundamental reason why Audi has set record sales in sixteen consecutive months and will continue to register steady and sustainable sales improvements."

Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (A8, A7, A6, and Q7) jumped 52% and represented 31.2% of total April sales. Overall, sales improvements shown by Audi in the top tiers of the luxury sector accounted for 82% of the Audi April gain.

Premium vehicle performance was bolstered by skyrocketing sales for the technologically advanced Audi A6, with a 136.8% sales increase for the month and a 100% increase year to date. Sales for the design-forward Audi A7 were up 91.2% from April 2011 results when the all-new model debuted. Audi luxury SUV performance was led by an increase in sales of the Audi Q5, with a 24.5% jump in April, and a 17.4% year-to-date gain.  The Audi Q7 also performed favorably with an increase of 12.3% for the month as inventories remained lean.

Highlights:

   April 2012 ranks as the best April in Audi of America history, marking the fourth-best month ever in U.S. for Audi
   Audi A6 sales up 136.8% compared to April 2011; YTD sales doubled compared to previous period.
   Audi A7 sales increase 91.2%, compared to initial launch sales set in April 2011.
   Sales of Audi Q5 increased 24.5% compared to April 2011; YTD sales up 17.4% compared to previous period.
   Audi Q7 records 12.3% boost in sales compared to April 2011.
   Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finish the month at 57.3% for the A3 TDI and 31.0% for Q7 TDI; sales of the Audi A3 increased a solid 7 percent for the month.
   For the record-setting month of April 2012, three Audi models recorded year-over-year sales increases of 20% or more, including the Audi A6, the Audi A7, and the Audi Q5 models.
   Audi April Certified Pre-Owned sales hindered by reduced availability of models to sell.
Source: AUDI  

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