STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Volvo's global vehicle sales rose 2.3 percent to 38,124 in April as growth in Western Europe offset weaker demand in China and the U.S.
Sales increased by 8.4 percent to 14,937 in Western Europe excluding the brand's home market of Sweden, the automaker said in a statement. Swedish sales rose by 7.4 percent to 6,017.
Volume in China, Volvo’s biggest single market, was up 1.8 percent to 6,732, while U.S. sales were flat at 4,636. Sales in the automaker's other markets were the main drag in April, down 13.1 percent to 5,802.
The company said it had received close to 30,000 pre-orders for its new XC90 SUV, a model that the automaker sees representing the future of the brand as it strives to double annual global sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020.
“We have a continued positive momentum already before we start deliveries of the new XC90, so we are on track for another good year at Volvo Cars,” sales and marketing boss Alain Visser said in the statement. “More than half of this year’s total volume of the new XC90 has already been sold.”
Volvo has just added a third production shift at its plant in Gothenburg, Sweden to boost output ahead of the XC90's European launch in June. U.S. and China sales will begin in July.
Volvo's global sales rose by 0.3 percent in the first four months to 145,432.