The German carmaker manages to register stable sales in May despite a drop in volumes in America amid the diesel emissions scandal it is going through. The decrease was compensated by the sales Volkswagen registered in Europe and China.
In a statement released today, Volkswagen announced it has witnessed a small drop of 0.7% in sales last month to 495, 900 units. On the other hand, Europe sales went up 1.6% to 148,100 new registrations and China scored an increase of 232,400 deliveries. Sales in the U.S. are not doing well at all, going down 17% to 28,000 and a massive 32% in Brazil to 23,300.
Juergen Stackmann, head of sales at Volkswagen, said that the brand got a boost in new registrations thanks to the launch of the new Tiguan model in Europe. He stated that “Up to the end of May, the Tiguan had already generated more than 49,000 orders in western Europe.” He added that “The diesel recall campaign has started successfully and now includes the key models Golf, Tiguan and Passat. Independent market studies also confirm that the residual values of our vehicles in Europe are stable.”
For the past five months, deliveries for Volkswagen went down 1.7% to 2.43 million.
In comparison with May 2015, Volkswagen Group sales increased 1.6% at a global level, with 871,500 units reaching their owners. Last month, the German group managed to sell 369,500 vehicles to its customers in Europe, with sales going up 7.5% in Russia and down 1% in North America. At a global level, the Volkswagen Group car sales registered a positive change in terms of a growth worth 0.8%.