Volkswagen brand posted a 4-percent surge in global sales in July to 491,600 units as it saw climbs in deliveries in western Europe and China more than offset sales drops in the United States and Brazil. The German brand also posted a 4-percent leap in global sales in the first seven-months of 2014 to 3.56 million vehicles.
The passenger vehicle brand saw its sales in western Europe surge by 2 percent in July to 65,900 vehicles VW brand also saw its seven-month sales in the region hike by 5 percent to 517,2000. The brand posted better growth in China, gaining 11 percent to 210,000 vehicles in July and 18 percent to 1.6 million in the first seven months of 2014.
In the US, however, VW suffered from a slump, dropping 15 percent in July to 30,600 units. It also decline 14 percent in the first seven months of the year to 209,700 vehicles.
The brand also continued its decline in Brazil, where it dropped 4 percent in July to 46,100 units and 15 percent in the January-July period to 301,800.
According to VW Group sales chief Christian Klingler, the carmaker is pleased with the way the VW core brand has jumpstarted the second half of 2014, but acknowledged that it is still facing challenging market developments in some sales regions.