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Volkswagen AG's Audi brand said Wednesday that global sales rose 13.

9% on the year in October to 123,600 cars, keeping the world's second-bestselling premium car maker on track to reach a new annual sales record in 2012 despite growing economic headwinds.

"China remains one of the major growth drivers for Audi - we already surpassed the record total for the whole of last year during this October," Audi sales chief Luca de Meo said in a statement.

Global sales were driven by the Q3, Q5 and Q7 sports-utility-vehicles as well as the A5 model.

In the January-to-October period, Audi sold 1.22 million cars, up 12.9% compared with the same period last year.

MAIN FACTS:

- Audi October sales in China +29.5% at 35,899 cars, fueled by the A6 L and Q5 models

- Europe sales +4.2% at 60,950 cars

- Audi October sales in Germany +5.1% at 23,450 cars

- Audi US sales in October +14.5% at 11,708 cars

- Audi October UK Sales +19.8% at 9,109 cars

- Audi October sales in France +0.2% at 5,014 cars

- Audi October sales in Russia +57% at 2,946 cars

- Audi October sales in Italy -14.1% at 3,903 cars

- Audi October sales in Spain -11.8% at 2,576 cars

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