Volkswagen Posts Strong Growth for the Year
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The Volkswagen Group posted a 18.1 percent increase in sales since the beginning of the year, or 2.94 million vehicles. For the month of May, the carmaker posted an increase of 8.6 percent, to 604,200 units.
"So far, the comparatively high growth rates on the world’s automotive markets and for the Volkswagen Group are the result of special effects such as the very weak basis in the relevant prior-year period," Christian Klingler, VW member of the board for sales said in a statement.
The carmaker's largest market, China, didn't fail Volkswagen and, as was the case for all German carmakers, spearheaded sales in the Asia-Pacific region. China accounted for 777,800 of the vehicles sold since the beginning of the year, meaning an increase of 48.2 percent.
India followed suit, doubling its appetite for VW cars (104 percent up, 13,500 vehicles). In the US, sales increased by 33.5 percent to 145,500 vehicles.
"Thanks to its convincing model range, Volkswagen is currently reaping greater than average benefits from very good demand on important markets such as China and the USA," Klingler added.
As for the model range, the Golf was, is and probably will be the best car VW has to offer. The Golf (278,200 units sold) and its little brother, the Polo (225,200 units sold) account almost for one in four Volkswagen vehicles sold (1.86 million).
Volkswagen's Audi division contributed to the increase in sales with 455,700 units, while the threatened Seat, with its 147,600, still remains the worst performer of the group. Czech manufacturer Skoda completes the picture with sales of 307,400 units.
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