FRANKFURT – Global deliveries of Volkswagen AG's core VW brand increased 14.5 percent to 452,900 vehicles in November, bolstered by strong growth around world, including the fragile European market.
Eleven-month sales for VW brand rose 12.4 percent to 4.69 million units, the company said on Tuesday.
"The Volkswagen passenger cars brand performed well in November on world markets that were at times volatile and grew vehicle deliveries further," Christian Klingler, VW board member for sales and marketing, said in a statement.
Eleven-month sales in China, the brand's biggest single market, were strongest, with VW reporting sales of 1.61 million cars, an increase of 11.4 percent over the previous year.
In Europe, growth remained robust despite the continued threat of an economic meltdown in the eurozone and falling consumer confidence in the region. Sales rose 10.6 percent in year-on-year figures to 1.58 million in the first 11 months.
In western Europe, excluding Germany, the brand grew sales 4.6 percent to 835,900 units in the same period.
In Germany, the brand's single largest European market, sales too defied the threat of an economic downturn, rising 10.5 percent to 549,300 units.
Sales in central and eastern Europe rose 47.5 percent in the first 11 months to 195,800, with VW brand Russian sales doubling by 100 percent to 104,200.
North America too saw strong growth in the first 11 months, helped by renewed demand in the U.S. market. Sales of the brand grew 22 percent to 448,500 units.
In South America, growth was slower, rising just 3.6 percent to 708,100 units.
Volkswagen aims to overtake Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. as the world's best-selling automaker by 2018. In 2010, VW group including the Audi, Skoda and Seat brands, sold 7.14 million units, behind GM with 8.39 million and Toyota with 8.42 million.