For the January to July 2011 period, growth was seen in the VW brand’s new-car sales in all global regions. According to Volkswagen AG, sales were most significant in China, Russia and the Americas. Last Tuesday, VW brand sold 2.95 million units worldwide, a 12.5% increase compared to the first seven months in 2010.
China had the highest seven-month sales, with volume increasing 12.9% to 991,800. North American sales climbed by 22% to 280,900.
South American sales grew by 7.5% to 444,100. Sales in Europe rose by 8.1% to 1.02 million. Of this figure, western Europe (excluding Germany) sold 556,500 units, standing for a 2.8% increase. Meanwhile, sales in central and eastern Europe increased by 44% to 111,800 units.
Sales in VW's German home market rose by 8.5% to 352,700. Russian deliveries went up by 105% to 56,500. For the month of July, the brand's sales increased to 419,000 cars, a year-on-year increase of 17.2%.
VW didn’t provide the July sales figures for the individual markets. Last year, VW group (including Audi and Skoda) sold 7.14 million units. It trailed General Motors Co. with 8.39 million units and Toyota with 8.42 million units. VW has set a goal to beat Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's best-selling automaker by 2018.