BERLIN (Reuters) – On Friday German automaker Volkswagen reported a record growth of its total sales in the first quarter, strong demand from North America, China and Russia have helped offset deliveries decline in Western Europe.
The Volkswagen Group, which controls both the premium brand Audi that the Czech manufacturer Skoda general public, saw its sales grow by 9.6% over the first three months of the year, to 2.16 million vehicles.
Sales for the month of March alone rose 12.5% to a record level of 862,700 units.
The first European car manufacturer has received a 24.5% increase in sales of passenger cars and 4×4 in North America. United States alone, sales jumped 34%.
In China, its largest market, Volkswagen shows a gain of 15.6% to 633,900 units.
In Western Europe, however, excluding Germany, sales fell 4.7% to 507,100 vehicles.
“Uncertainty persists, particularly in the markets of Western Europe”, said in a statement Christian Klingler, responsible for sales at Volkswagen.
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