In Dubai, capital of the UAE, Audi revealed it’s latest specialized model, the RS 6, set to enter the Middle Eastern market in January of 2009 at the 2008 Sharjah Motor Show. The RS 6, based on the successful Audi A6, is tailored specially for the conditions and roads of the Middle East and features a V10 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers pumping out 580 horsepower and 650Nm of torque, making it the most powerful series-produced sedan in the world. For all of it’s power, the RS 6 is still a car that can take you places in comfort, incorporating the luxurious features of the large executive model series from Audi.
AUDI AG sold a total of 964,151 cars in 2007 and thus achieved its twelfth consecutive record year. With revenue of €33,617 million and profit before tax of €2,915 million, the company attained its best figures ever. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Györ (Hungary), Changchun (China) and Brussels (Belgium). At the end of 2007, production of the Audi A6 started in Aurangabad, India. The company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Audi employs about 54,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 in Germany. The brand with the four rings invests more than € 2 billion each year in order to sustain the company’s technological lead embodied in its “Vorsprung durch Technik” slogan. Audi plans to nearly double the number of models in its portfolio by 2015, from the 25 currently on offer to 40.
AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005: Audi Middle East. Sales in the Middle East rose by 38.2 percent to 6,380 cars in 2007 (2006: 4,616). The current Middle East model range comprises the A3, A3 Sportback, A4 Saloon and Cabriolet, the A5, A6 and S6, TT Coupe and Roadster, the A8, S8, the Q7 and the R8.
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