Volkswagen Brand Achieves 4 Million Sales, Goes Flat in August

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The overall VW Group topped 4.11 million sales at the end of May, but the core Volkswagen car brand only today achieved a similar sales target. During the eight-month period to August, the makers of the Golf and Passat delivered 4.03 million cars, a new high and a 3% increased over the same period last year.
However, Volkswagen sales in August were actually flat at 471,000 (0.1% increase). China showed robust growth, as the largest single market increased its demand for German-branded vehicles by 17% to 1.83 million so far this year.

Volkswagen sales in western Europe rose 5 percent to 561,500 vehicles through August, as the company was buoyed by the arrival of the Polo facelift and the new Golf SV. Europe and China helped Wolfsburg offset its lack-luster figures in the US.

Volkswagen of America was among the very few companies reporting sales drops in Augusts, despite a huge jump in the overall market. For the year to date, the company has sold only 244,878 cars, a 13.4% drop compared to the first eight months of 2013. The Up! city car makers also have problems in Brazil, where sales plunged 16 percent to 347,000.

“We are still feeling the effects of the very challenging situation on world markets. However, we also continue to benefit from the tailwind in China and Western Europe,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Sister company Audi also reported sales results earlier today. The company saw increased demand for everything from the Q3 crossover to the A6 midsize sedan and lifted its annual sales forecast for 2014 to 1.7 million cars, compared to 1.58 million in 2013.
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