Audi of America reported its all-time best yearly sales total of 83,283, up 3.6 percent from 2000's 80,372 units.

But, for the month, the German import brand reported sales of 7,218, down three percent over last year's 7,440.

The new A4's sales of 4,120 were up 25.5 percent on last year's 3,282 and December was the best month ever for the model.

Otherwise, sales by model were generally down for the month:

TT: 896 compared with 1,332 units in December 2000.

A4: 4,120 (3,282).

A6: 1,613 (2,098).

Allroad: 423 (522).

A8: 166 (206).