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Audi, Hungarian importer open exclusive sales and service center

German car maker Audi and its brand importer in Hungary, Porsche Hungaria, have opened an exclusive sales and service centre in Budapest, one of about 300 Audi hopes to have established globally by the end of 2012, the centre's managing director Ferenc Krenusz told MTI at the grand opening of Audi Centrum.

Audi currently operates 130 such exclusive centers worldwide.

The 4,000sqm centre has a 14-car showroom as well as a fully-equipped service centre. It is staffed by 120 people.

A total of 1,400 new Audis are expected to be sold in Hungary this year, up from 1,150 in 2009, said Sándor Matraberci, who is in charge of the Audi brand at Porsche Hungaria. Matraberci based his forecast on a general economic pickup, noting that 80-90% of the Hungarian Audi buyers are companies.

Audi's new A1 model was unveiled at the opening of the centre. The compact is expected to sell 60-80 units a year in Hungary. (MTI-Econews)