Volkswagen Group posted just a 1-percent jump in global sales in November to 834,800 vehicles, no thanks to a slump in Russia and Brazil. Despite that, Christian Klingler, VW Group's sales chief, remarked that the carmaker will still be able to achieve its full-year target of 10 million deliveries. For the first 11 months of 2014, VW Group sold 5 percent more vehicles to 9.08 million units.
The carmaker remains confident of surpassing its sales in 2013, pegged at 9.7 million VW, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche, Audi and Bentley vehicles. The carmaker logged a strong sales performance in the first 11 months of 2014 in western Europe, growing 8 percent to 1.83 million, with deliveries in Germany surging 5 percent to 1.12 million.
The group, however, grew only 1 percent during the period in central and eastern Europe to 590,000, with sales in Russia dropping 13 percent to 240,700 units. VW Group experienced better fortunes in China, logging a 13-percent gain in sales in the January-November period to 3.34 million.
But sales in the United States were not as good, dropping 3 percent to 542,600 units. Things were worse in the first 11 months of 2014 in South America, where deliveries dropped 20 percent to 667,900, with sales in Brazil falling 16 percent to 522,000 units.
The group saw all its car brands hike their sales in the first 11 months of 2014 with core VW brand surging 2 percent to 5.59 million and Audi rising 10 percent to 1.59 million. Sales at Porsche jumped 15 percent (169,200); deliveries by 12 percent (955,300); Seat by 11 percent (359,400).