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The Japanese unit of Audi, part of the Volkswagen group of Germany, unveiled its sales goals Monday, shooting for 12,000 units in 2003 and 16,000 by 2006.

To achieve the goals, Audi Japan K.K. plans to increase its exclusive dealer outlets from 76 at present to 94 by the end of this year and to 101 by the end of 2005, President Johan De Nysschen said.

Audi Japan established a joint venture with Yanase and Co., a major car importer, last month to promote sales of Audi cars. De Nysschen said the venture, Yanase Audi Sales Co., is expected to handle about 40 percent to 45 percent of its sales in Japan.

Audi Japan sold 11,747 cars in 2002, up 44.5 percent from the previous year, increasing its share of the imported car market here from 3.2 percent in 2001 to 4.6 percent in 2002, the carmaker said.

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