VW reported sales up 7% to 784,600 vehicles in April, after a drop of 0.2% in March.
“Nevertheless, the market environment remains difficult, and is very challenging in some world regions. The economic crisis in Europe in particular is having an increasing impact on the automobile industry,” sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement.
For the first time since the beginning of the year sales increased 6%to 3.05 million vehicles, thanks to an increase of 18% in China, the automaker’s largest market and a rise of 12% in the US, offsetting the 4% decline in Europe to 1.21 million vehicles.
During the first four months of the year VW sold 3.05 million vehicles, up 5.6% and 784,600 units in April, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in Europe dropped 3.9% to 635,900 units in the first four months and deliveries in Germany fell 4.4% to 370,200 units. Sales in Russia were up 0.4% to 94,900 vehicles. In North America sales increased 12.9% to 279,900 units and dropped 1.6% to 292,000 units in South America. The Asia-Pacific region increased 16.5% to 1.14 million units.
“Satisfactory start to second quarter. However, market environment in some world regions still proving difficult,” said Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler.