VW posts six-month sales of more than four million autos
German auto giant Volkswagen said on Friday that it made record sales of more than four million vehicles in the first half of the year, and it expected to do better than the market overall in the second half.
VW, the biggest European carmaker, said that global group sales from January to the end of June gained 14.1 percent from the same period in 2010 to 4.09 million units, beating the overall sector increase of 6.1 percent.
A statement quoted sales director Christian Klingler as saying that "We are also confident we can perform better than the global automobile market during the second half of the year, thanks to our very convincing range of models."
In addition to the VW brand, the group owns automakers like Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Seat and Skoda.
A breakdown of the figures showed that in North America, VW group sales grew by 21.2 percent to 319,100 vehicles, while South American sales were 10.9 percent higher at 455,200 vehicles.
In the Asia/Pacific region, 1.26 million cars were sold for a gain of 19.5 percent on the year.
Globally, sales of VW brand autos remained predominant, with a total of 2.53 million delivered, followed by the high-end Audi brand, which reported deliveries of 653,000 vehicles.
Growth of VW sales was especially strong in central and eastern Europe, while Audi saw the most growth in South America and the Asia/Pacific region.
© 2011 AFP