The issues plaguing the passenger car brand Volkswagen have not been stopped yet, with VW AG, the second largest automaker in the world and the biggest in Europe reporting its core brand sales were 4.8 percent lower last month.
The downwards trend has led to total deliveries in April of 496,100 units, while so far after the first four months of the year the slid is a little slower – at 2.2 percent for a tally of 1.98 million units. “So far this year, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand achieved its strongest growth in Europe”, commented Christian Klingler, the VW Group sales and marketing chief. “However, developments in the global market situation remain mixed. Russia and the South America region in particular continue to require our full attention,” he added. During the January to April period, the VW passenger car brand sold 582,000 autos on the overall European continent, with 318,100 – up 6.6 percent – being delivered on the western markets. At home in Germany sales jumped 7.6 percent to 198,100 autos but central and eastern Europe were still spiraling down, with a drop of 22.8 percent and a massive plunge in Russia, where sales were 47 percent slower for the four months period.
The Asia Pacific region, which includes China – the world’s largest single auto market – was also down slightly, by 2.2 percent for a total of 972,000 vehicles – of which 899,400 were delivered to Chinese customers (down 2.4 percent) during the four months period. North America grew slightly overall, but the US market continued its steady decrease, down 7.5 percent to 109,200 autos.