Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE), Europe’s largest carmaker said Tuesday global sales at its core VW passenger car brand rose over 6 percent (6.3 percent) in April to more than 456,200 units.
The German automaker was helped by strong demand in North America, China and Russia.
“The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made a very good start to the second quarter,” VW sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement.
“However, given the situation on West European markets we remain very vigilant,” he added.
Over the entire European continent, Volkswagen Passenger Cars sold 589,800 vehicles – a 4.0 percent rise. Growth was particularly strong in Central and Eastern Europe, where deliveries increased by a substantial 55.7 percent to 84,000 (53,900) units.
In Russia, the region’s largest single market, unit sales doubled to 50,500 (24,900; +103.0 percent) vehicles.
On its home market – Germany, deliveries grew by 4.7 percent to over 202,400 (193,300) vehicles.
In China (including Hong Kong), the German giant sold 653,300 (578,200; +13.0 percent) units to customers.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars also developed very well on the American continent in the period January to April, delivering 187,900 (149,400) vehicles in the North America region, an increase of 25.7 percent.
Deliveries in South America edged up 0.6% to 246,300 cars in the January-to-April period.