July: Volkswagen AG sales climb 6.7% image

The German automaker said its group deliveries have grown 6.7% last month, buoyed by the positive results in the European core region and China, the world’s largest auto market. The sales increases managed to outweigh continued slides on the American continent.

For the January to July period, Volkswagen AG delivered 5.78 million vehicles, up 6% from the 5.45 million units accounted for the same period last year. During July, 808,500 autos from one of the Group’s brands were delivered to customers.

“The Volkswagen Group and its brands have made a pleasing start to the second half of the year,” said Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler. “Nevertheless, uncertainty continues to overshadow economic conditions in the global automotive sector.”

The company had sales across the European region increased from 2013’s first seven months – the figure jumped from 2.16 million units to 2.32 million , with a climb of 7.2%. Western Europe (excluding Germany) gains were of 8.4%, while the home market rose 6.7% in the period. The only dip in the region was recorded in Russia, where sales slumped 10%.

The Asia-Pacific region remains a VW AG stronghold, with deliveries jumping 15.5% overall to 2.31 million autos. Of them, China – the automaker’s biggest single market globally – took its lion share, with an increase of 17.2% to 2.10 million units.