Volkswagen disclosed that the vehicle sales of its namesake brand increased 14.6% last month to a record 536,600 units. This figure extends the gain in deliveries for the first quarter to 1.36 million units. Sales and marketing chief Christian Klingler at VW revealed that they reported "significant growth" in Asia and North America while the European region's market situation "remains difficult."
Specifically, sales of the VW brand in Europe increased 5.1% to 441,800 units during the first quarter. Deliveries in Western Europe, not including Germany, declined 3.7% to 232,600 units while volume in Eastern and Central Europe increased by 61.8% to 60,200 units. Sales in Germany were up 5.3% to 149,000 units.
In Russia, first quarter sales increased from 16,800 units in the same period in 2011 to 35,800 units. Meanwhile, sales in China were up by 12.5% to 483,400 units in the quarter. Volume rose 40.8% in the United States to 94,400 units while in South America, deliveries increased by 3.9% to 190,400 units. VW does not publish March sales by market.