Sales increased by a great 7.8 per cent in May of this year. Sales were helped by an increase in demand from China. The United States is also taking to Volkswagen more than it previously did. The Eastern section of Europe saw a sharp rise with it’s opposite car markets over the West seeing a great decline.
Sports Utility Vehicles, Commercial vans and passenger cars sales hit 763,800 in May. That’s an outstanding increase from the 708,800 that were sold in 2011.
The Western Europe market is showing no signs of reviving itself at this moment in time. Volkswagen Group sales fell by 5.9 per cent in the first four months of the year. In the first four months of the year sales had fallen by 4.7 per cent. Both figures do not include the company’s home country of Germany.
It is no wonder that the CEO Martin Winterkorn has said he expected the second half of the year to be a rough ride.
Volkswagen was beaten to the top spot to become the world’s biggest car maker by General Motors last year. Some argued that Volkswagen were indeed the number one brand however if certain statistics were included. Some experts had even backed them to clinch the top spot. In 2011 the Volkswagen Group sold 8.3 million. 2018 is the companies target to knock General Motors off their perch and become number 1 by selling in excess of 10 million vehicles.
So far during the first five months of the year Volkswagen have sold 3.65 million vehicles which represents an 8.4 per cent increase.
Christian Klinger, a Member of the Volkswagen Board said “Our worldwide deliveries have risen further, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Despite this generally positive trend we continue to focus very closely on the growing uncertainties in the eurozone,”
Chinese sales rose above the 1 million mark for the first time ever in a five year period for the Volkswagen Group.
Volkswagen’s SEAT brand had deliveries grow by 8.1 per cent in Germany and 6.7 per cent here in the UK. These two are some of the strongest markets for Volkswagen and represent the few positives across Western Europe.