Sales of the Volkswagen brand jumped 4 percent in May to 531,100 cars, thanks to strong demand for its units in China and western Europe. Christian Klingler, VW sales and marketing chief, said in a statement that Asia-Pacific region, as well as western Europe, contributed much to that growth.
The brand also posted a 4-percent climb in sales in the first five months of the year to 2.55 million vehicles. VW brand logged a 19-percent surge in sales in China 1.16 million, marking the first time that it has topped 1 million sales in the country in first five months.
The brand posted a 3.5-percent rise in sales in Europe to 712,700 vehicles, helped a 6-percent gain in western Europe to 372,300 excluding Germany. VW’s sales in its home country surged 2 percent to 234,400 units.
The brand’s sales in central and eastern Europe dropped 2 percent to 106,000 units. The brand also dipped 10 percent in Russia to 56,500 units.
VW remained weak in the Americas in the first five months of 2014. The brand dropped 11.5 percent in the United States to 150,300 and 15.5 percent in Brazil to 215,700. [source: Volkswagen]