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Audi has dropped plans to sell Ducati in a sign of confidence that it expects to be able to carry the costs of its strategic overhaul following the emissions scandal at parent VW Group.
Volkswagen brand sales were down 1.6 percent to 29,207 while Audi extended its industry-best sales streak to 97 months, rising 12 percent.
Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh could have kept a low profile during 2017. But Keogh would rather that "low profile" describe only the tires on Audi's lineup.
Volkswagen sales were up 12 percent to 27,732 on growing sales of its new crossover lineup. Audi extended its industry-best sales streak to eight consecutive years.
What explains Audi's streak of 96 straight monthly U.S. sales increases? A lot of things. But Peter Donnellan has his own explanation: customer service.
Luxury carmakers benefiting from red-hot demand for lucrative SUVs are dealing with a behind-the-scenes headache because of just how swiftly consumer demand has shifted away from sedans.
Audi has picked the Detroit auto show in January for the debut of its latest-generation A7.
U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for about 38,000 Volkswagen Group 3.0-liter diesel crossovers with potential excess emissions, a decision that could save the automaker more than $1 billion according to a letter reviewed by Reuters.
Audi's latest A7 Sportback is the new "dynamic, sporty face" of the brand, design chief Marc Lichte said at the car's unveiling last week.
Audi is giving the second-generation A7 Sportback a fresh, muscular redesign, cleaner interior and advanced technology including remote garage parking and 48-volt mild hybrid technology.
Audi is rethinking its whole engine lineup as it embraces electrification and works with Porsche to co-develop vehicle architecture.
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