Volkswagen Group posted a 5.4-percent jump in sales in its core VW brand in April 2013 to 480,900 units, as growth in China allowed the carmaker to offset weak sales in Europe and slumping results in other markets like the United States. According to VW, two extra working days in April as a result of the early Easter period had a positive impact.
VW sales and marketing chief Christian Klingler warned that the carmaker could be affected by weakening car markets. In a statement, Klingler said that developments on world markets remained mixed and the situation in Europe is “very challenging.” He, however, noted that signals remain positive in China. For the January-April period, the VW brand posted a 5.3-percent gain in sales to 1.91 million vehicles, also thanks to stronger sales in China.
But the VW brand logged a 7.9-percent drop in sales in Europe, excluding Germany to 279,300 units. The brand also logged a 10.9-percent dive in sales in Germany to 180,500. The brand, meanwhile, recorded 1.9-percent surge in deliveries in central and eastern Europe, to 85,500 and 2.1-percent slide in Russia to 49,500. January-April sales in China, including Hong Kong, jumped 20 percent to 783,900. Sales in the US fell slightly by 0.1 percent to 131,800. Deliveries in South America fell 4.5 percent to 235,200 and 2.9 percent in Brazil to 175,600.