Volkswagen Group Friday said global sales rose 15.1 percent on the year in February to 642,300 units.
While the European market is still muted due to the ongoing concerns in the wider economy, Volkswagen achieved strong gains in the Asia-Pacific region, while the American market was also a success story.
The Group brands delivered a total of 532,700 (526,000; +1.3 percent) vehicles on the overall European market in the period to February. 281,200 (302,200; -7.0 percent) customers took delivery of a new vehicle on markets in Western Europe (excluding Germany), which are characterized by uncertainty at the moment.
‘Europe will certainly be watched in a very critical way,’ said Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn.
‘But more southern European countries,’ he said, adding that despite weakness in VW’s home continent, the group will ‘try to achieve 2011 results’ this year.
In Asia, in the first two months of the year, Vw Group sold 451,200 (394,600; +14.4 percent) vehicles of which 397,400 (350,600; +13.4 percent) units were delivered in China, the largest single market.
In India, deliveries increased by 23.1 percent to 19,800 (16,100) units.
In North America the German group sold 110,100 (87,600) vehicles + 25.7 percent of which 76,000 (55,700; +36.5 percent) units were delivered in the USA.
On the same time, VW handed over 146,200 (145,400; +0,6 percent) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.