The Volkswagen Group has posted a 7.1% sales increase across its brands in September.
The figure bucks expectations that sales would drop in the aftermath of the emissions scandal.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) maintain that customers are unperturbed by the emissions scandal. Sales of diesel-engined cars failed to take the nosedive that was expected, instead declining slowly as sales of electrified vehicles ballooned.
A global year-to-date growth of 2.4% was supported by large gains in central and eastern Europe, as well as the Asia Pacific region and in particular China, which grew by 10.7% across the year. A growth of 3.5% occurred in Europe, including a 2.1% growth in Germany, while a 1.1% decline was posted in North America across the year.
Despite the year-to-date shrinkage in the US, sales actually grew by 1.3% compared with September of last year. The Brazilian recession bit a 36.6% chunk out of Volkswagen’s year, with a 59% decline compared with September last year.