Volkswagen reported that sales at its core passenger-car brand rose only 0.1% in August to 471,000 vehicles, making the eight-month deliveries of this year reach 4.03 million units, a 3.4% growth.
Sales in Western Europe rose 5% in August to 561,500 cars, while deliveries in the home market of Germany, the region’s biggest market, grew 5% to 382,100 new Volkswagen being delivered to customers. On the other hand, the carmaker spotted a decrease in its car sales in Central and Eastern Europe of 7.3%, from 176,100 to 163,300 units. Russia also saw a decrease in sales of 18%, from 103,600 to 85,000 year-on-year up until August.
Christian Klinger, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in a statement that “We are still feeling the effects of the very challenging situation on world markets. However, we also continue to benefit from the tailwind in China and Western Europe.”
In China, the automaker’s biggest single market, sales rose 17.1% in the first eight months of 2014 to 1.83 million. The Asia-Pacific region also registered an increase of 15.4%, reporting 1.97 million vehicle purchases. Sales in Western Europe and China helped VW overcame its U.S. struggle where the sales volume slipped 13% in this year’s eight months, and also those in Brazil, which went down 15.6% to 347,000 units sold there.
By Gabriela Florea