MUNICH -- Porsche's global sales rose 13 percent to 15,020 units in May on strong demand for the Boxster and Cayman, leaving the automaker's sales boss "cautiously optimistic" about the second half despite Europe's ongoing sales slump. Porsche's volume in Europe was down 3 percent last month.
Global sales of the Boxster and Cayman increased nearly threefold to 2,805 units in May compared with the same month last year, the sports car maker said today in a release.
The United States accounted for nearly a third of the two sports cars' global volume last month. Porsche sold a combined 869 units of the Boxster and Cayman in its single largest market in May, up from a combined 49 units during the same period last year, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
The huge gains for the Boxster and Cayman caused the automaker's U.S. sales to increase 38 percent to 3,927 units for the month and 31 percent to 20,608 after five months.
Through May, the automaker's European sales are up 4 percent to 21,494 units, primarily on brisk demand for the Boxster and Cayman.
Porsche's China sales rose 6 percent to 3,206 in May led by its top-selling model in the market, the Cayenne SUV, the company said. The automaker's five-month sales in China were up 20 percent to 15,038 units.
Overall, Porsche's global sales rose 19 percent to 67,261 vehicles after five months, a result that left the automaker's sales chief looking forward to a solid second half.
"In terms of customer deliveries to date, we have exceeded our expectations in the ongoing year," Bernhard Maier, Porsche's board member for sales and marketing, said in a statement. "Given the continuing volatility of the market development, we nevertheless remain cautiously optimistic for the second half of the year."