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Last month was a positive one for the Volkswagen Group, with sales increasing in all major markets, for a 3.1% increase overall. That only translated sales 0.1% higher for the year-to-date, than they were last year, but increases in key markets are an encouraging sign.
“The Volkswagen Group recorded solid growth worldwide in May,” said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales. “The recovery on [sic] the South American market over the last few months is particularly encouraging. This is also reflected in our delivery figures for the region.”
In total, the Group sold 898,700 vehicles in May and has sold 4,234,900 vehicles so far this year. Increases in Europe (6.5%) and China (2.5%) were valuable, while increases in North America (1.1%) and South America (14.6) are signs of the crisis easing.
For the brands, meanwhile, the month was also, predictably, positive. Volkswagen Brand’s sales rose 3.5%, SEAT’s 11.9%, and Porsche’s 10.4%. In fact, the only brand whose sales did not increase were Audi’s, whose sales dropped 2.8% in May. That brand has hopes for a return to increasing sales, though, after it cleared up issues with its dealers in China.