Volkswagen Group Global Sales up 7.8 percent in May image

Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest car maker delivered 763,800 vehicles worldwide in the month of May, up 7.8 percent from 708,800 in May 2011.

Deliveries of passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles and commercial vans across VW’s automotive group rose 8.4 percent in the first five months to 3.65 million, the company said in a statement published on Thursday.

“Our worldwide deliveries have risen further, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Despite this generally positive trend we continue to focus very closely on the growing uncertainties in the eurozone”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said on Thursday.

Group auto deliveries including brands such as luxury division Audi and Czech unit Skoda rose 22 percent in North America and 17.9 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, offsetting a 2 percent drop in western European sales, VW said.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.29 (2.09; +9.4 percent) million vehicles worldwide from January to May.

Audi delivered 600,200 (535,300; +12.1 percent) vehicles worldwide in the first five months.

ŠKODA delivered a total of 405,500 (373,400; +8.6 percent) vehicles in the period to May.

SEAT delivered 134,300 (152,500; -11.9 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to May.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew deliveries 3.5 percent to 220,500 (213,000) units in the period from January to May.