VW reported June sales up 4% to 827,800 vehicles, the smallest increase since March.
Strong demand from China and the US managed to offset the loss in Europe. Sales from January to June increased 5.5% reaching a record of 4.7 million units, due to strong sales for the Porsche, Seat, VW and Audi brands.
“We remain on course and are entering the second half of the year with confidence,” VW group sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement today. “Nevertheless, the enormous challenges persist.”
VW group deliveries in the first half of the year increased 19% to 1.54 million vehicles in China, which is the automaker’s largest market, while sales in the US were up 10% to 303,900 units. Deliveries in Europe dropped 3.5% to 1.87 million vehicles, with Germany down 4% to 583,900 units and central and eastern Europe down 3% to 313,000 units.
“Volkswagen Group deliveries made satisfactory progress even though market conditions were not always easy. However, the economic climate remains tense, especially in Europe”, said Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand sold 2.91 million vehicles, up 4.4% from January to June , with China up 19.4% to 1.17 million units and Mexico up 19.3% to 57,700 units, the two markets with the best performance. Audi sold 780,500 units, up 6.4%, with China up 17.7% to 228,100 units and the US up 14% to 74,300 units.
Skoda’s sales dropped 5.8% to 464,600 units, with deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe down 8.5% to 120,700 units and Asia-Pacific region down 6.6% to 135,300 units. Seat sold 182,100 units globally, up 11.5%, with Europe up 8.2% to 150,500 units, including the increase of 34.4% to 38,200 units in Germany. VW Commercial Vehicles increased 0.2% to 270,700 units, with South America up 12.7% to 76,300 units.