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China officially Audi's biggest market

The Local · 5 Jan 2012, 12:26

Published: 05 Jan 2012 12:26 GMT+01:00

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Audi, a subsidiary of Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen, said it had sold 313,036 vehicles in China last year, breaking for the first time the 300,000 mark.

"China is now Audi's biggest single market," the company said in a statement.

More than 80 percent of the cars were manufactured locally in China, the firm added.

"Particularly the premium segment in China is making very healthy progress - in our view it continues to offer very good growth potential," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, from Audi's sales department.

Audi is forecasting that it will sell 250,000 cars in Germany in 2012. Like its German competitors Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Audi is pinning its hopes on China for rapid growth, as it sees more traditional markets lose strength amid the eurozone debt crisis.

Audi announced last month it planned to build a vast new plant to provide up to 200,000 new cars a year for the booming Chinese market. The new factory in the southern Chinese city of Foshan will be up and running by 2013, said the firm.

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Germany is the world's number two exporter after China.


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14:52 January 7, 2012 by shahislam
If the foolish heads of the 3rd world only could understand how smart and non-violently intelligent is Mr. Barack Obama -who is doing a geatest of all time US mission for US and Global prosperity at the expense of his personal time. He could just write books and make approximately 'Ten times more money' than what he is earning as President of USA. He and some wise of the present are just doing a favor to the Global Public for no personal or monetary gains.

It's a different kind of War, very honestly handled by a couple of smartest politicians on present Earth. Just support honesty and the truth.

Now, oil price may get cheaper to benefit hard-working folks not Billionaires.

Please believe in facts and you have nothing to lose by doing it!

Funny! Yes, funny are the most of the human interactions, as long as no human gets killed by another human or a groups of humans.

The too old styled mankind killing politics in the name of God by the advisers of any of the parties of Semitic Origins such as Iranians, Saudi-Arabians, Palestinians, Lebanese, Pakistanis, Afghans etc. will never going to go un-noticed and un-addressed by the New Generation of Collective Global public.

It's time for intelligent, New Kind of US and Global politics without weapons of Wars.

Playing non-violent funny games is Okay as developments for betterment of the mankind -all over the World, is to continue simultaneously.

The changing process will be slow but someone(s) have to start it to be continued for decades and only a few wise heads like Mr. Obama, now understand how the violent reality can become peaceful and of course, by a slowly developing process of digitally identifying and confining the bad guys -a very small percentage of the Global populace including 'a beggar on the global street or a king inside a palace'.

The Cosmos' Creator or religion-less God is blame-free even when killings are committed through non-human, natural creations such as unpredictable Tsunami, new bacterial epidemic etc.

These have and will always destroy partial mankind somewhere and humans can do nothing but *the exception is: when killings are committed through creations such as: some super-stupid, dumb-human-heads in power; because the closely interconnected Global public now can do something and that is why Global uprisings will continue for a long time until religious-type old politics are replaced by a new fittest kind for this digital era.

For this reason, still there will be no peace in the lands of today's Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Israel, India, Bangladesh etc.. The non-violent wars of protests will continue from inside e.g. For Saudi-Arabia, its own Public and not Outsider: Israeli Public.

The old style media propaganda won't work anymore ........

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