The core Volkswagen brand posted a 3-percent surge in global sales in November to 522,100 units, thanks to demand for the seventh-generation Golf hatchback. The sales increase marks the third straight month of growth at the brand after it fell 1 percent in August and 0.5 percent in July, no thanks to the slumping market in Europe.
Volkswagen sales chief Christian Klingler said that the Golf has once again proven to be a strong driver for the brand’s growth, after having an excellent start. He said that they will deliver the 500,000th model of the latest generation Golf this December, just a year after the market launch.
According to Klinger, the pending launch of the new Golf in China and the United States may add "further momentum" to sales. The carmaker plans to launch the latest Golf in the US in the spring of 2014.
In the first 11 months of 2013, VW brand sales dropped 5 percent in Europe to 1.51 million, with deliveries in Germany dipping 6 percent to 516,900 units. Deliveries in the US also dropped 5 percent to 373,700 in the same period.
This was in contrast to its performance in China, where it jumped 18 percent to 2.26 million. Overall VW brand‘s global deliveries in the first 11 months surged 3 percent to 5.4 million units. [source: Volkswagen]