FRANKFURT – New-car sales at Volkswagen AG's core VW brand showed growth in all global regions in the first seven months, with China, Russia and the Americas leading the way.
VW brand global sales increased 12.5 percent to 2.95 million units between January and July compared with the same period in 2010, the company said on Tuesday.
Seven-month sales in China were the highest, with volume rising 12.9 percent to 991,800. In North America, sales grew 22 percent to 280,900. In South America, the rise was 7.5 percent to 444,100.
In Europe, sales increased 8.1 percent to 1.02 million. Of these 556,500 units were sold in western Europe excluding Germany, up 2.8 percent, and 111,800 in central and eastern Europe, a rise of 44 percent. Sales in VW's German home market increased 8.5 percent to 352,700.
Deliveries in Russia grew 105 percent to 56,500.
In July, the brand's sales rose to 419,000 cars, a year-on-year rise of 17.2 percent. VW did not release July numbers for individual markets.
VW aims to pass Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's best-selling automaker by 2018. In 2010, VW group including brands such as Audi and Skoda sold 7.14 million units, behind General Motors Co. with 8.39 million and Toyota with 8.42 million.