For the first time ever, the VW brand managed to surpass the 3 million units sales mark for the January to June period. Last month’s sales though only slightly advanced, up 1.1% to 514,900 autos.
The new record achieved by the company rode on the rising strength of the core European region, finally coming out of the sales recession that almost lasted six years, while overwhelming demand continued in the Asia region, with the highlight being China, as always.
“Developments at Volkswagen Passenger Cars in the first half year were stable thanks to the brand’s convincing model range. The Golf in particular continues to be a bestseller – not only as a classic Golf, but also in the Variant or Sportsvan versions”, said Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.”The situation on global markets will remain challenging in the second half of the year and will keep us very much on our toes.”
Volkswagen delivered 864,100 cars in the first six months to the European region, a rise of 2.4% over the same period last year. Strong performers were there the Western European markets, where sales rose 5.5% (excluding Germany, which only rose 0.8%).
The Asia Pacific region saw a strong double-digit climb (16.8%), with over 1.5 million cars delivered. Of them, no less than 1.39 million vehicles were sold in China, the country’s deliveries rising 18.5% over the six months period.