Volkswagen Group China sales rebounded strongly last month rising 15 percent to 354,800.
The German group attributed the gain to changes in China’s emissions rules, which prompted dealerships to offer steep discounts to cut inventories of new vehicles falling short of the tougher requirements.
At the request of China’s central government, most major cities and provinces announced earlier this year the adoption of State 6 emissions rules, equivalent to the Euro 6 standards, on July 1.
Starting July, buyers of vehicles that can only meet the State 5 emissions standards, which are similar to Euro 5 rules, in these cities and provinces can’t obtain license plates from local authorities.
VW brand sales rose 14 percent to 261,100 in June, VW Group said, without disclosing sales of its other brands in China.
According to FAW-Volkswagen, VV Group’s joint venture with China FAW Group, which builds vehicles for Audi and VW brands, Audi’s China deliveries jumped 23 percent to 58,788 in the month.
Due to weaker sales in the first five months, the German auto giant’s total sales for the first half of the year dipped 3.9 percent to below 1.92 million.