During the month of May, the group shifted an equally impressive 708,900 cars, 1.74 percent more than in the same month of last year.
“We are very pleased with developments during the first five months of this year. The Volkswagen Group with its very convincing model range is benefiting from brisk demand on global automobile markets,” Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg today.
On a market to market basis, the Group brands delivered 1.56 million vehicles throughout Europe in the first five months, 9.6 percent more than last year. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 882,000 customers took delivery of a new vehicle, while Central and Eastern Europe remained strong, seeing 202,300 new customers, almost 30 percent more than a year ago. In Germany, its home market, the Volkswagen Group achieved 8.7 per cent growth, delivering 475,100 vehicles.
The number of new customers in North America grew 19.7 per cent in the period to May to 261,600 units, of which 172,400 were delivered in the US. The Asia Pacific region grew by 21 percent, with China - the region’s biggest market - increasing demand by 18.4 percent. Sales in India were also robust, adding up to a total of 46,200 cars, for an increase of 242 percent.