- Earnings at the previous year's high level
- Successful start to the year 2000
- 20 years of quattro: Audi as a pioneer of four-wheel drive
Munich / Ingolstadt - "1999 was a challenging but also a very successful year for
Audi. A year in which key company figures reached a high level without exception, and in
some cases their highest level to date." This is how Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen,
Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, assessed the past financial year today at
the Annual Press Conference in Munich.
In his speech, Paefgen referred to the fact that, following "10 years of the TDI
engine" in 1999, the Audi brand is celebrating another significant technical
anniversary this year: exactly two decades ago Audi presented the first genuine on-road
passenger car with permanent four-wheel drive under the name of "quattro". The
new Audi allroad quattro unveiled at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show once again demonstrates
Audi's pioneering role in the field of four-wheel drive. Audi will have built around one
million cars with quattro driveline by the end of this year. As Paefgen remarked, quattro
models currently account for around 30 percent of vehicle production.
The sales revenues of the Audi Group* rose in 1999 by 8.8 percent to DM 29.624 billion
(DM 27.222 billion). The Group's earnings before taxes amounted to DM 1.640 billion in the
1999 financial year, and therefore approximately matched the previous year's level (DM
1.684 billion). The net earnings of the Group increased in 1999 by 36.9 percent to DM 634
million (DM 463 million). The sales return before taxes for 1999 reached 5.5 percent (6.2
Capital investments in 1999 totaled DM 2.966 billion and were therefore approximately
level with the record figure of 1998 (DM 3.168 billion). "With an investment ratio
still at around 10 percent of sales revenues, the focus is on strengthening our model
range," commented Peter Abele, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for
Finance. Audi is to continue its intensive investment activity.
* The subsidiaries COSWORTH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED and the Lamborghini Group are included
in the Audi consolidated financial statements for the first time in 1999.
Record vehicles sales worldwide
In 1999, Audi increased its worldwide vehicle sales by 5.9 percent to the new record
figure of 634,973 units (including Lamborghini). 257,642 units were sold in Germany (up
5.5 percent). The market share here was 6.8 percent (1998: 6.5 percent). Vehicle sales in
Western Europe (excluding Germany) rose by 1.8 percent to 261,499 units. The leading
European export market was Italy where 44,142 vehicles were sold, followed by Great
Britain with 40,285 units. The market share in Western Europe was 3.4 percent, the same as
in 1998. Vehicle sales on the US market rose by 38.8 percent to 65,959 units. 43,179
vehicles were sold on other markets, an increase of 2.2 percent on 1998, including 6,911
in China (down 8.8 percent).
Sales of the Lamborghini brand developed positively: 265 Diablo models were sold in
1999, an increase of 24.4 percent compared with the previous year.
Car production by the Audi Group rose by 1.1 percent to 626,059 units. A total of
1,266,896 engines were manufactured in Ingolstadt, at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in Györ,
at Lamborghini and at Cosworth Technology, 2.1 percent more than in 1998.
Compared with the figure at the end of 1998, the number of employees at the Audi Group
increased by 9.9 percent to 46,558 as at 31 December 1999, and by 5.6 percent to 41,140
employees at AUDI AG. Of total Group employees, 28,426 worked in Ingolstadt (up 5.5
percent), 12,714 in Neckarsulm (up 6.0 percent), 4,312 at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. (up
25.9 percent), 711 at COSWORTH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED and 380 at Lamborghini.
Vehicle sales still on the increase in the first quarter of 2000.
Sales at the end of the first quarter of 2000( are expected to reach about 163,400 Audi
vehicles. This is equivalent to an increase of 12.1 percent. In Germany, despite a
reduction in the market as a whole, sales by the end of March are expected to remain at
the previous year's level, at around 61,400 cars. The market share in Germany is expected
to rise slightly in the first quarter to 6.5 percent. In Western Europe (excluding
Germany) Audi will sell around 68,200 vehicles, 10.6 percent more than in the first three
months of 1999.
Great Britain will take over as Audi's leading European export market in the first
quarter, with sales of around 12,200 vehicles. This figure is up 17.4 percent on the
previous year. Sales of Audi vehicles in Italy will total 10,500 units, an increase of 4.1
percent on the previous year. As things stand at the moment, sales in Spain are expected
to rise by 2.8 percent compared with 1999, to 10,600 units. Around 18,300 Audi cars will
have been sold in the USA by the end of the first quarter, an increase of 59.7 percent.
* provisional figures for first quarter of 2000 compared with first quarter of 1999
Sales on other markets are expected to increase by approximately 44.3 percent to 13,700
cars. Of this total, around 3,000 vehicles will be sold in China, 58.6 percent more than
in the previous year. The reason for this is the successful market launch of the A6 built
Car production in the months January to March will rise by 12.5 percent to 165,165
units. A total of around 333,065 engines will have been manufactured by the end of March.
This represents an increase of 7.3 percent on the same period last year.
Sales revenues will reach around DM 8.1 billion, bettering the figure for the first
quarter of 1999 by an estimated 21.8 percent. Capital investments will be up by 29.4
percent to DM 709 million (first quarter of 1999: DM 548 million).
The number of employees as at 31 March will be up on the previous year - by 6.4 percent
to 47,383 employees in the Group, by 4.4 percent to 41,595 at Audi AG. Of the Group total
28,605 people will be employed in Ingolstadt (up 3.2 percent), 12,990 in Neckarsulm (up
7.2 percent) and 4,590 in Györ (up 23.1 percent).
(March 21, 2000)