Volkswagen posted record global sales of over 9.7 million vehicles in 2013, thanks to strong demand for Audi and Porsche vehicles. Strong sales in China allowed Volkswagen to more than offset weaker figures in the United States at its namesake VW brand, VW said in a statement. VW sales last year, excluding the MAN and Scania heavy truck brands, climbed 4.8 percent to 9.5 million vehicles.
The VW nameplate logged a 3.4-percent increase in sales in 2013 to 5.93 million cars and SUVs. Audi, meanwhile, saw its deliveries surge 8.3 percent to 1.58 million units.
Porsche had its sales in 2013 grow by 15 percent to 162,145 vehicles. VW’s Spanish brand Seat jumped almost 11 percent to 355,000, boosted by its new Leon compact car. Seat also logged a 20-percent sales jump to 76,600 units in Germany and 17-percent gain to 45,700 units in the United Kingdom.
Czech brand Skoda, however, logged a 2-percent drop in sales to 920,800 vehicles in 2013, with model changeovers hitting volume. Volume at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unit was flat in 2013 at 551,900. "As far as the current year is concerned, we expect market developments on a level similar to 2013," Christian Klingler, VW's sales chief, said in a statement.
He added that while the situation in Europe seems to be stabilizing, economic uncertainty will persist and the challenges they will be facing on markets will remain “virtually unchanged." VW launched 60 new and updated models in 2013, like fresh versions of the VW Golf hatchback. The carmaker also expanded its dealership networks in China, Russia and southeast Asia.