Volkswagen sold 3.81 million vehicles, up 12.3 percent image

The largest European automaker, Volkswagen Ag. said on Tuesday that in September the company sold 472,100 vehicles, up 13.7 percent compared to the same period of 2010.

Over the first three quarters of the year, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has continued to grow deliveries, handing over 3.81 (January – September 2010: 3.39; +12.3 percent) million vehicles to customers.

Despite signs that the global economy is rapidly cooling off, VW continues to rack up double-digit gains in retail sales thanks to strong footholds in emerging markets like China and new models like the U.S.-built Passat.

In Asia, Volkswagen sold 1.44 million vehicles from January to September. The number includes 1.29 (1.17; +11.0 percent) million units delivered in China, the largest single market.

Europe was also a good market for the brand. Deliveries in Europe jumped to 1.30 (1.18; +9.9 percent) million vehicles over to customers in the first nine months of the year.

In the Central and Eastern Europe region, deliveries were up 46.0 percent to 151,300 (103,600) vehicles. In Western Europe (without Germany), the brand grew sales by 4.2 percent to 695,900 (667,800) vehicles.

Germany, VW’s home market Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 449,600 (408,300) vehicles, an increase of 10.1 percent.