Even with the full-line transition to 2001 models in July, Audi of America's record setting pace in 2000 continued, reporting total sales of 6,547 for the best July sales month ever, an increase of 9.8 percent over July 1999 when sales were 5,965.

July represents the seventh consecutive month in 2000 where the company posted year-over-year sales gains. Audi year-to-date sales increased 37.1 percent to 46,919 versus the 34,217 vehicles sold during the first seven months of last year.

Audi's hot-selling TT posted major monthly sales gains with July sales of 944, up 106.1% over last year's sales of 458.Continued growth was seen from the A6 range with 2,543 sales, up 12.2 percent over the same month last year when sales totaled 2,266.

The Audi A4 was slightly off due to limited availability with sales of 2,904 for the month, versus 3,047 for July 1999, down 4.7 percent.Audi's all-aluminum flagship A8 reported total sales of 156. In July, the A8 L accounted for 75.0 percent of all A8 sales.