Volkswagen AG announced that its sales rose 11.9 percent in July, largely due to demand from Asia and the United States.
Sales on these markets offset declining sales in western Europe. VW sold 468,300 vehicles worldwide last month, up from 418,600 units in July 2011.
In the first seven months of the year, VW sales increased 10.4 percent to 3.26 million, largely due to increase demand in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China. In this country alone, Volkswagen sold 1.14 million cars in the first seven months of the year, accounting for an increase of 15.2 percent. VW’s China sales overtook those from Europe, where the German carmaker delivered 1.05 million vehicles.
In western Europe, excluding Germany, sales declined 5 percent. VW delivered 528,200 units in the first seven months of the year, compared with 556,200 in the same period last year. In the home market of Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 361,400 (352,700; +2.5 percent) vehicles to customers.
The trend in Central and Eastern Europe was also positive, with a 40.4 percent rise to 157,100 units (111,900). Deliveries in Russia continued to develop at a high level and ran at 95,600 (56,500; +69.2 percent) units.
Deliveries in the North America region grew 23.4 percent to 346,700 (280,900) vehicles. At 245,700 (183,200; +34.1 percent), the number of vehicles handed over to customers in the United States, the region’s largest single market, was also noticeably higher than the comparable prior-year period.