According to a person familiar with the numbers, Germany’s Volkswagen posted only a small increase in group auto sales in October, but still keeping Europe’s largest carmaker on course for record deliveries this year.
VW, which posted a 20% gain in third-quarter operating profit on record sales of premium brands Audi and Porsche, recorded a 7 % rise in September sales to 856,900 vehicles, excluding the MAN and Scania truck divisions.
The person, who spoke to Reuters but declined to be identified because official sales data won’t be released until mid-November has said that the multi-brand VW group started off rather well into the fourth quarter of this year.
The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer has a goal of boosting global group deliveries to about 9.5 million this year from 9.3 million in 2012. Nine-month group sales including MAN and Scania trucks were up 4.8 % at 7.18 million units.