VW Group global sales rise 14.9% in January
February 15, 2013
by David Jolley
FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group said its global vehicle sales rose 14.9 percent in January to 749,900 as strong demand in China and the United States continued to help offset a weak European market.
In a statement today, VW sales chief Christian Klingler warned that despite the double-digit rise last month, 2013 would be ''a challenging year for the Volkswagen Group."
The company said January sales in China, the group's largest single market, rose 43.3 percent to 298,300, but said the increase was in part due to the later date set for the Chinese New Year and added that it expected a decline in February volume as a result of this special effect.
Sales in the United States were up 16.2 percent to 42,700, while in Brazil, South America's biggest single market, they rose 6.2 percent to 55,400.
In Europe, overall deliveries fell 3 percent to 252,200, while in western Europe, excluding Germany, they dropped 4.4 percent to 138,100, as the region entered its sixth continual year of falling auto sales. In central and eastern Europe, volume fell 2.9 percent to 40,200 last month.
In Germany, Volkswagen's No. 2 market, group sales fell 0.2 percent to 73,900.
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