Volkswagen sees sales increase by 1.3 per cent despite challenges
In the face of emission scander rocking the Volkswagen Group, the company grew deliveries in the first seven months of the year by 1.3 per cent compared with the prior year:
The organisation said on Wednesday that it handed over 5.90 million vehicles to customers worldwide from January to July, while 787,300 vehicles were delivered in the month of July.
The firm’s Head of Group Sales, Fred Kappler said deliveries by the Volkswagen Group in July almost matched the prior-year level and continued the positive trend for the first six months.
According to the company, 2.52 million vehicles were handed over to customers in Europe from January to July, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared with the previous year, while the Group brands delivered 323,800 new vehicles in Europe in July (-4.7 per cent).
Over two million vehicles were handed over to customers in Western Europe in the first seven months of the year (+2.0 per cent), while 377,900 (+6.6 per cent) units were delivered in Central and Eastern Europe, with Poland and the Czech Republic reporting significant growth, it said.
The company handed over 81,500 vehicles to customers in the North America region in July, slightly down (-0.3 per cent) on the previous year, while there was strong growth momentum in Mexico, the downturn on the U.S. market continued in July (-5.1 percent).
The macroeconomic situation in the South America region, particularly in Brazil, remained tense as 37,400 vehicles were delivered in the region in July recording a decrease of 23.5 percent.
In the Asia-Pacific region where the organisation recorded strong growth, deliveries for July increased by 11.6 percent compared with the previous year to 311,400 units, of which 285,900 (+16.0 percent) were handed over to customers on the Chinese market.
2.35 million vehicles were delivered in the Asia-Pacific region from January to July – an increase of 5.9 percent on the prior-year figure, the organisation said.