Volkswagen made up a lot of ground in July: Sales are only 0.2 percent below the previous year’s result. China is particularly helpful here.
The recovery on the global automobile markets is giving the Volkswagen Group new tailwind. In July, the Wolfsburg-based automaker almost matched the previous year’s results in terms of global deliveries: 885,700 cars were delivered compared to July of the previous year, a decrease of just 0.2 percent, Volkswagen announced on Friday. The VW Group succeeds in closing the sales gap from the spring after the height of the corona crisis.
In China, the largest single market in particular, sales rose by 4.8 percent and thus gave a boost. In Western Europe, sales to end customers were 1.9 percent below the previous year, while in North and South America it was even more pronounced.
Volkswagen Group Sales Manager Christian Dahlheim had promised a single-digit percentage drop in deliveries at the end of July, after it was almost a fifth less in June. A VW spokesman now rated the numbers as a positive trend. Looking at the previous year, the deep cuts of the Covid-19 pandemic are still clearly evident, with the group having 4.78 million vehicles delivered, 23.6 percent in the red.
In July, Audi, Skoda and Porsche were able to grow, in some cases significantly, while sales of the core brand VW Passenger Cars fell by 1.1 percent. Fewer cars were also sold by the Spanish subsidiary Seat and commercial vehicles.