The Volkswagen Group should have reasons to celebrate, as besides the advances made by the luxury unit Audi, last month also brought an increase in deliveries for the namesake passenger car brand.
Thanks to increased customer demand coming from both China and western Europe, the VW core brand managed to lift its sales in May by 4% to 531,100 cars, after in the same period of last year it sold 511,000 units.
“The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has produced a very satisfactory performance so far this year – even though developments in the various sales regions have been mixed. The Asia-Pacific region remains the growth driver, followed by Western Europe”, said Christian Klingler, the executive in charge of Sales and Marketing at VW.
The passenger car brand managed to deliver in the January-May period no less than 2.55 million units, an increase of 4.4% over the same period last year (2.44 million). Performance was very strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where VW managed to sales of 1.25 million vehicles for the period to May, with China alone accounting for 1.16 million cars – and increase of 18.6% over the same period in 2013 and the first time it passes the 1 million mark in just five months.
Also, western Europe, with the core German market managed a slight 3.5% increase in the first five months, totaling 712,700 autos, with the home region reaching 234,400 cars, an increase of 2.2%.
On the other hand, the weak spots were the central and eastern part of Europe, with Russia falling almost 10%. On the other side of the ocean, the troubles for Volkswagen go on, as both the North and South American regions dipped sales.