Volkswagen’s sales in China in the first eight months of the year increased almost 18% to 2.05 million units, surpassing GM.
Volkswagen Group sold 2.05 million vehicles in China from January to August, while GM’s joint ventures sold 2.03 million vehicles. During the first eight months of the year the VW brand sold 1.56 million vehicles, an increase of 18%, while Audi sold 310,300 units, up 20%. Skoda’s sales during this period dropped 2% to 156,300 vehicles, while Porsche jumped 17% to 24,638 units, making China its second largest market, after the US.
In August, VW Group sold 260,000 vehicles in China, up 13%, slightly surpassing GM which sold 245,799 units, up 11.2%. GM said that its sales in China increased thanks to high demand for the Buick and Wuling vehicles. VW’s global sales last month increased 0.1% to 720,400 units and 4.5% to 6.17 million units for the January-August period.
“The Volkswagen Group is in robust shape despite the economic uncertainty, and our development in the period to August remained satisfactory. For the first time, we delivered over six million vehicles to customers in the first eight months of a year,” said Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler.