VW Group Only 4,100 Shy of Delivering 1 Million Vehicles in November

But that’s okay because 995,900 is still more than 11% more vehicles than the Group sold in November in 2016. So all in all, that’s not a bad result.

“November was a successful month for our core brands with a significant rise in deliveries,” said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales at Volkswagen. “Our brands recorded solid growth, not just in China, but in all regions worldwide. As a result, Group passenger car deliveries in November clearly outperformed the overall market.”

In America, sales rose 3%, whereas in Europe they rose 6.5%. China also performed well, with growth of around 15% in the month. Brazil was the real stunner, though, with growth of more than 40%.

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That growth still doesn’t account for an exceptional number of vehicles—Brazil has been in economic dire straits for a while—but is at least promising, since the market has traditionally been a sales engine for the Group.

The strong results last month mean that for the year so far, again, nearly all markets are up. South America, North America, Europe, and China are all up. Germany is the only major market where the brand’s sales are down so far this year, though they’re only down by less than 1%.

As a result, sales for the year-so-far are up nearly 4% over last year.

Similarly, all of the brands saw sales growth in November, with SEAT and Skoda leading the pack with increases of 18% and 17%, respectively. All told, the Group has sold more than 9.7 million vehicles this year.

“Thanks to a successful second half of the year we are heading for a very good delivery result for the full year 2017,” said Kappler.