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 |  Apr 10 2012, 2:31 PM

Don’t tell Audi that car sales are supposed to be stagnant this year. The German automaker might just laugh at you after not only having a record month, but its best first quarter ever.

Audi closed the first quarter 2012 books at 346,100 sales, an increase of 10.8 percent over last year. March was also the best single month in the company’s history, moving 143,500 vehicles worldwide. This is no doubt boosted by the emerging Chinese market, where 40 percent of the A8 global sales take place. In total, VW Group’s premium brand saw a 40.5 percent growth in China with a total of 90,063 sales.

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