Audi said the headline operating figure was ‘yet another chapter to its success story in the first half of the year, despite weaker economic growth and the contraction of many car markets.’
The firm also posted revenue figures of €25bn (£19.6bn) and an 11.5 per cent operating return on sales.
Audi’s Axel Strotbek said: ‘The high demand in the first half is a testament to the success of our model strategy.’
The company delivered 733,237 vehicles to customers, an increase of 12.3 per cent on the first six months of 2011. Demand was especially high for the new Audi Q3 as well as for the Q5, A6, A7 and A8 models.
Following the healthy first-half business performance, the Audi Group says it plans to deliver more than 1.4 m cars in 2012 as a whole.