Volkswagen Group posted a 5.5-percent increase in sales of its core VW brand in May 2013 to 503,100 vehicles, thanks to strong demand in China. The same demand in the Chinese market allowed the brand to log a 5.3-percent sales growth in the first five months of 2013 to 2.41 million vehicles. In the January-May 2013 period, the VW brand posted a 19.6-percent gain in China, including Hong Kong, to 980,000 vehicles.
This growth allowed the brand to offset declines in other parts of the world, including the United States. The VW brand posted a slight 0.4-percent drop in sales in the first five months of 2013 in the US to 169,800 vehicles. Its deliveries in South America fell by 2.9 percent to 303,100 vehicles, with figures in Brazil dropping by 2.1 percent to 227,100 units.
The brand continues to falter in western Europe, excluding Germany, where it dropped 7.2 percent to 351,400 in the first five months of the year. The VW brand posted a 10.4-percent decline in Germany to 229,300.
The brand’s growth in central and eastern Europe was stagnant in the period, dropping only by 0.2 percent to 108,200 vehicles. The brand, however, fell 4.2 percent in Russia to 62,600 units. VW sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement that that overall, the VW brand has shown stable development despite continuing economic uncertainty, noting that trends though “vary quite significantly." [source: Volkswagen]