Volkswagen and its the Czech subsidiary Škoda Auto saw sales grow in September after suffering through a long drawn-out coronavirus slump. The Volkswagen Group sold 933,600 cars, which is 3.3 percent more year-on-year, while Škoda Auto then increased sales by 2.6 percent to 104,600 vehicles. The group stated this in today’s press release.
However, while the Volkswagen Group reported a decline for the entire third quarter, the Mladá Boleslav carmaker recorded growth of 0.8 percent.
Back in August, the Volkswagen Group sold 6.6 percent fewer cars year-on-year. It also failed in the period from January to September, when all its subsidiaries delivered 18.7 percent fewer vehicles to customers than in the same period last year. In the third quarter, the Volkswagen Group had 1.1 percent fewer cars to customers. Customers’ fears of making a significant investment in times of crisis are mainly to blame.
But the September statistics on car sales in the European Union give carmakers hope. According to her, their sales rose for the first time in September this year, by 3.1 percent. But as the DPA pointed out, last September, sales were strong as customers tried to buy a new car before stricter emissions rules came into force.
In September, the Volkswagen Group prospered mainly in Western Europe, selling 10.3 percent more cars year-on-year. It increased by 3.4 percent in Central and Eastern Europe and increased by 0.9 percent in China, its most important market. The market fell again in South and North America.