Volkswagen has delivered nearly 900,000 new vehicles to customers around the world in January – an increase of 10.1%.
The German car-maker has overturned the damage to its reputation caused by the rigged emissions scandal and produced a record-breaking performance.
VW handed over 898,700 new vehicles to customers in January – 332,600 in Europe, an increase of 5.5% on the same month in 2017.
Deliveries in Russia grew 20.8%, while in central and eastern Europe an increase of 8.5% was recorded.
US sales up 6.7%
In north America a total of 67,900 vehicles were delivered to customers, a rise of 2.0% – with the US accounting for 44,300, a rise of 6.7%, despite having to pay compensation to US buyers of diesel cars affected by the emissions scandal.
South America saw double-digit growth of 21.2%, while 421,500 vehicles were handed over to customers in the Asia-Pacific region, an increase of 14.5%.
China accounted for the largest segment, with 398,600 new vehicles handed over, an increase of 15.9%.
“That is the best start to the year in the history of the Volkswagen Group,” said Fred Kappler, head of sales at Volkswagen AG.