VW China ’09 sales up 36.7% to 1.4 mln vehicles image

Volkswagen AG said today that the group’s sales in China’s mainland and Hong Kong last year hit a record 1.4 million units, up 36.7% from 1.02 million units in 2008, Dow Jones reported.

Sales of Volkswagen brand autos reached 1.12 million units in 2009, up 32.4% from 844,491 units, the German auto giant said in a statement.

Its luxury Audi brand sold 158,941 units, up 32.9% from 119,284 units in 2008, and sales of Skoda brand vehicles more than doubled to 122,556 units last year from 59,284 units in 2008. VW also sold 484 Bentleys and 118 Lamborghinis in China last year.

“We are full of confidence for 2010 (and) expecting a growth rate of 10% to 15% for the total auto market in China,” said Winfried Vahland, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group China.

Auto sales in China, the world’s largest market, surged last year, boosted by government incentives aimed at bolstering domestic demand.

General Motors’ vehicle sales in China in 2009 jumped 66.9% year on year to 1.83 million units, the company said earlier this week.