FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen mentioned its international gross sales fell 15.2% throughout 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic however confirmed important restoration towards the tip of the yr. The corporate greater than tripled its gross sales of battery-only automobiles.
World gross sales for all of Volkswagen’s manufacturers amounted to 9.3 million automobiles. The fourth quarter confirmed a smaller decline of 5.7% and inside that quarter the month of December was nonetheless additional improved, displaying a shortfall of solely 3.2% from the identical interval the yr earlier than.
Volkswagen mentioned Wednesday that gross sales fell essentially the most in Western Europe, by 21.6%, whereas China, the corporate’s largest single market, was down 9.1%
Gross sales of battery-only vehicles jumped 214% to 231,600 from 73,700 throughout all the corporate’s manufacturers. The corporate’s electrical gross sales leaders included the Volkswagen ID.3 compact with 56,500, the Audi e-tron SUV with 47,300, and the high-end Porsche Taycan with 20,000.
Volkswagen mentioned that its gross sales fell by lower than the general market, which means it had barely expanded its market share. “The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 an especially difficult yr,” mentioned group gross sales chief Christian Dahlheim. “The Volkswagen Group carried out nicely on this surroundings and strengthened its market place.”
Volkswagen Group’s manufacturers embody Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda and Porsche as promote as truck makers MAN and Scania.
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