FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group said today that global sales of its core VW passenger-car brand rose 0.2 percent last month to 534,800, held back by declining deliveries in Russia and the Americas.
VW brand's nine-month sales are up 3 percent to 4.56 million. In August, the brand's sales were flat, rising just 0.1 percent.
VW brand benefited from rebounding sales in western Europe and record sales in China last month, Christian Klingler, VW Group sales boss, said in a statement today.
He said these results contrast "with the current uncertainties in Russia and the market downturn in South America."
VW did not break out sales by region for September.
In the first nine months, VW brand deliveries dropped by 14 percent to 270,900 in the United States. In South America, sales dropped 19 percent to 488,000, led by a fall in the region’s biggest market, Brazil, where sales were down 14 percent to 396,600.
Sales in western Europe rose 5 percent to 648,300 vehicles through September, while sales in the region's biggest market, Germany, were up 5 percent to 430,100.
In central and eastern Europe, sales fell 9 percent to 181,400. In the region’s biggest market, Russia, sales fell 20 percent to 93,800.
In China, the brand's biggest single market, sales topped the 2 million mark for the first time in nine months, rising 15 percent to 2.07 million.
Reuters contributed to this report