But rest of VW Group achieves strong performance to see overall growth of 0.6% in face of emissions scandal

Volkswagen Passenger Car sales between the months of January and April were down 39,200, or 2%, on the same period from the year before, suggesting the ongoing emissions scandal has had an impact on brand image. 

However, strong growth elsewhere in the VW Group has seen the car maker’s overall sales grow by 0.6%. VW’s passenger car division sold 476,700 cars this April, which is a significant 3.9% down on the same month in 2015, but all other VW Group brands saw growth, with Audi and Skoda recording increases of 4.9% and 4.7% respectively.

Porsche recorded the largest growth of the group, selling 77,500 cars between January and April, which is 6.8% more than in 2015.

Audi also celebrated record-breaking 12 months sales, having delivered 1.8 million cars since April of 2015.

A total of 3.36 million VW Group vehicles were sold to customers across the world in Q1 of 2016, with 853,300 of those sales coming from April alone, representing a growth of 3.8% on the same period in 2015.

Western Europe accounted for 317,300 deliveries, which is up 2.9% on the year before, and Germany alone demanded 121,900 vehicles, a 3.8% increase on 2015.

However, the biggest growths were felt in other markets, with Central and Eastern Europe demand up by 9.3% on the year before, and North American demand up 4.9%.

Demand for VW Group products was also up by 3.1% in the Asia-Pacific region, where 1.36 million vehicles were delivered between January and April, and a small but significant growth of 0.1% was felt in China, where the market has been shrinking in recent months.

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13 May 2016
Apart from the Audi R8 they don't actually make a car that I want, find exciting or think of as best in class. I do wonder if Audi is about to run out of steam...

The A4 is arguably outclassed by the new Alfa, the new Jag, BMW and Mercedes. Do they make any cars which are best in class anymore? I'm really struggling to think of anything....oh wait I do like the A5 and A7. So maybe I'm being a little unfair.

14 May 2016
This all happening due to emissions scandal.Result may get worst if not learn lesson from this scandal.

14 May 2016
No mention of Seat. I read before they are out of the doldrums with the Leon doing well in particular

18 May 2016
VW has "appointed" Frau Dr. Hessa al Jaber of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to the VW supervisory board. Why is this, do we think? Did it involve handing over a rather large cheque, do we think..?

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