Volkswagen passenger car sales up 10.2 percent in the first half of 2012 image

Volkswagen AG passenger car worldwide sales rose 10.2 percent in the first half of 2012 to 2.79 million units, the company announced.

In June alone, VW sales increased 13.7 percent to 498,600 cars, up from 438,400 in the same month last year.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand developed well in the first half of the year despite the difficult situation in Western Europe. However, there is still considerable uncertainty in Europe which will continue into the second half of the year”, Christian Klingler, board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand said in a statement.

The regions with the highest growth rates were Central and Eastern Europe (134,000, +45.2 percent), North America (295,300 units, +24.2 percent), Asia-Pacific (1.09 million units, +15 percent) and South America (390,900 units, +4 percent). In Western Europe (excluding Germany) sales dropped 4.7 percent to 464,300 vehicles, while in its home country VW sold 309,700 cars, up 2.6 percent.

In Europe as a whole, Volkswagen Passenger Cars sales increased 3.1 percent to 907,900 units, thanks to growth in the central and eastern part of the continent. Volkswagen continued to achieve impressive results in Russia, where sales increased 78.1 percent to 81,100 units in the first half of 2012.

However, China remains by far VW’s largest single market for passenger cars, with 982,600 units sold during the same period (+15.2 percent).