Volvo sales up 6% in Nov. on China, Europe boost

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Volvo Car Corp. said that global sales of its vehicles rose 6 percent in November, its fifth straight month of growth, as demand in China remained strong and European deliveries bounced back from a 4 percent drop in October.

The company said it sold 37,945 cars last month as deliveries in China, the home of its parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Volvo’s European market more than offset a continued slide in the United States.

Global sales in October rose 4 percent.

In China, the automaker’s single-biggest market for the third consecutive month, sales rose 69 percent to 5,995, while sales in Europe rose 11 percent to 21,167. Deliveries in the U.S. fell 31 percent to 4,233, Volvo said in a statement on Thursday.

‘’Sweden and China are very strong, Europe shows a positive trend and in the U.S. we now have the right tools to get back on track,” Alain Visser, sales and marketing chief, said in the statement.

The automaker, which ran a loss in the first half of the year, is banking on a rapid expansion in China to lift it toward a target of roughly doubling sales to 800,000 cars by 2020.

This sales growth is pivotal as Volvo seeks to take on larger global luxury brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi and win a market share big enough to finance for investments in development of new vehicles.

After suffering poor sales last year, sales of Volvo models such as the S60 and XC60 have lately begun picking up in many of its markets though weakness in North America, traditionally its largest market by far, has lingered.

For the January to November period, sales were flat, rising less than half of 1 percent to 384,789.

Reuters contributed to this report

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