Volkswagen scores record sale for first half year

09:42, July 13, 2011      

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Europe's largest car maker Volkswagen said on Wednesday it has sold a record number of cars in the first half of 2011, boosted by surging world markets.

A total of 2.53 million Volkswagen cars have been sold in the first half of 2011, 12 percent higher than the same period last year, said Volkswagen.

In June, it has sold 438,500 cars, 9.8 percent higher than that in May. The manufacturer will release sales figures for all its brands, including the Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini marques, on July 15, which is expected to reach 4 million cars.

Sales in China, Volkswagen's largest single market has increased 13 percent, reaching 852,800 vehicles, while deliveries in North America have jumped 22 percent to more than 237,700 vehicles.

The highest regional growth was recorded in central and eastern Europe, which saw a 42 percent growth to 92,300 cars, helped by a surge of 103 percent in Russia.

In 2010, Volkswagen sold 7.3 million cars, while this year's target is more than 8 million cars. Counting on strong worldwide growth, Volkswagen is expected to dethrone Toyota Motor Corp and become the world's largest car maker no later than 2018.

Source: Xinhua
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