Slowdown in China and Brazil stalls Volkswagen sales in January 2017

Slowdown in China and Brazil stalls Volkswagen sales in January 2017

Volkswagen reports strong sales in Europe, North America…

The January 2017 sales data for the mammoth Volkswagen Group has just been released and the German manufacturer enjoyed mixed fortunes in the first month of the year.

In total, sales reached 813,700 in the month, a figure 4.0% down on the same month in 2016.

Sales for Volkswagen dipped 14.0% in China and 18.0% in Brazil, however sales skipped ahead by 7.0% in Europe and 9.0% in North America, including a 14.0% increase in sales in the U.S. market.

While the best performing brands in the Volkswagen Group family in January were SEAT (+16.5%), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (+12.1%) and Scania (+3.3%).

Volkswagen Passenger Cars managed 495,900 sales, a reduction of 4.9%.

Sales chief at Volkswagen, Fred Kappler, says the lower Chinese sales were expected.

“Special effects in China affected deliveries.

“Especially the early date of the Chinese New Year, the increase in tax on vehicles with small engines and temporary restraint in planning on the part of Audi dealers had an impact on the sales results for January.

“However, we expect to continue healthy growth in China this year.”

In Australia in January, VFACTS data shows Volkswagen Group brands experienced mix fortunes.

On the positive side of the ledger were Porsche (+18.6%) and Skoda (+4.8%).

While both Audi (-5.5%) and Volkswagen (-8.0%) lost ground.




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