Volkswagen's premium car maker Audi expects sales this year to be significantly above 1 million units, the unit's head said on Tuesday.

We are positively surprised by how we've started in 2010, Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said late on Monday in remarks set for release on Tuesday.

We will also have a good second half of the year, he said, adding that he would give a more precise sales forecast with Audi's first-half report on Friday.


People crowd around a Audi R8 quattro at the Frankfurt International Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt.Johannes Eisele/Reuters