Volvo Cars off to strong start in 2017

Volvo Cars off to strong start in 2017

Sales up 8.2% for Volvo

The first half of 2017 couldn’t have got off to a better start for Volvo Cars, even if Australian results of late have been a little disappointing.

Fresh from announcing a complete switch to EVs/hybrids in two years, Volvo has just reported a solid 8.2% jump in global sales across the first six months of 2017.

The Swedish car maker delivered 277,641 cars in the period, compared with 256,563 cars a year earlier.

Driving the increase was a dramatic surge in Volvo car sales in the Asia Pacific region.

Sales in our region were up 22.6% across the first half of the year.

A 27.6% increase in customer deliveries in China being the main driver of that local growth.

While in Australia, Volvo sales dipped 15.5% in the six-month period, however in June Volvo bounced back strongly with 562 sales – a figure up nearly 21% on June 2016.

Australia’s best-selling Volvo in June was the XC60 SUV.

Global Volvo sales in June were slightly down on the half-year average with 54,351 sales representing a 5.7% increase on the same month in 2016.

The sales star in June on the big stage was again the new XC60.

More than 16,900 XC60s were sold in June, about 1,400 vehicles up on the same month last year.

The XC60 was followed by the Volvo V40/V40 Cross Country (9,434) and XC90 (7,972).

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