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The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand saw a record year start, delivering for the first time more than half a million vehicles in January, thanks to a growing sales recovery in the European region.

The Volkswagen Group saw global sales for its namesake brand increased by almost 5% this January, delivering a total of 515,700 vehicles (January 2013: 491,900).

“For the first time in its history Volkswagen Passenger Cars has started the year with deliveries in excess of half a million. That confirms the brand’s young and environmentally-friendly model range ticks the right boxes with customers worldwide”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg.

As the sales situation in Europe is finally on the bright side, with overall market growth at around three percentage points, Volkswagen managed to post a far better increase, with sales rising 7.9 % to 126,200 (116,900 in 2012) units. In Western Europe deliveries increased 9.1%, in Germany sales were up 8.8 % and in the Central and Eastern Europe region they were up 1.8 %.

For the whole Asia Pacific region sales were up 13.7 %, with 285,300 units delivered – here only China (up 13.9 %) tallied 267,800 of them. The Americas region remains problematic for VW, with a 10.6 % decline in North America and a bigger 21.3 % one in South America.