FRANKFURT – Global deliveries of Volkswagen AG's core VW brand increased 12.2 percent to 2.09 million vehicles in the first five months of the year, a record for the automaker, the company said Tuesday.
VW also reported increased deliveries for the month of May, with sales of more than 436,400 cars, a year-on-year rise of 16.1 percent.
"Our positive trend continued in May and we have posted yet another delivery record," Christian Klingler, VW board member for sales and marketing, said in a statement.
Five-month sales in China were the strongest, with VW reporting deliveries of 714,200 cars, an 15.3 percent increase over the previous year.
VW brand Russian sales almost doubled to 34,400 cars, a rise of 99.1 percent over the same period in 2010.
In Germany, there was a small rise of 3.6 percent in brand sales to 248,800 deliveries, while in North America, the brand grew deliveries to 194,600 vehicles, a 19.7 percent rise on 2010 figures.
VW aims to pass Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's best-selling automaker by 2018. In 2010, VW group sold 7.14 million units, behind General Motors Co. with 8.39 million and Toyota with 8.42 million.