Audi achieves historic first: one million sales in 2010

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For the first time the since its debut vehicle, the Type A Sport-Phaeton, was produced 1910, Audi has sold more than a million cars per year, according to CEO Rupert Stadler.

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Audi sold 1.092 million cars worldwide in 2010, Stadler, a keynote speaker, told reporters at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Audi sold 229,100 units in Germany in 2010, its home turf and biggest volume seller by country. But 227,900 Audi vehicles sold in China last year, the second most by country and the projected world leader in Audi sales in 2011.

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Audi has also unveiled it would begin production by the end of 2012 of two plug-in vehicles that were previously concept cars, the A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid and the A8 e-tron battery electric vehicle.

The performance-oriented A8 e-tron will have a top speed of around 155 mph. Both vehicles will use lithium ion batteries manufactured by Sanyo.

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