A push to sell sport utility vehicles has given Volkswagen a fillip across the world, with VW Group sales and market share growing as a result of its sales push for new SUV models.
VW sold 10.83 million vehicles across the world in 2018, 0.9 percent more than 2017 levels.
According to VW, both deliveries and its market share grew in places like South America, Europe, the USA and China.
The group’s new SUV models were strong growth drivers, VW said.
It pointed to Volkswagen-branded cars, Škoda, Seat, Porsche and Lamborghini brands which all set new delivery records.
“Even though setting new records is no longer our primary goal, we are very pleased about this great result. Especially in the second half, things were not
easy for us in 2018. It was possible to achieve this new deliveries record for the group thanks to a combination of outstanding products and the high level of trust placed in us
by our customers,” said Christian Dahlheim, head of Volkswagen Group Sales.
He noted volatile geopolitical developments this year, with VW Group’s business facing “equally strong headwinds” in 2019.
“In my opinion, the Volkswagen Group is well-positioned to meet the upcoming challenges. We face the future with optimism,” Dr Dahlheim said.