The Volkswagen Group’s global car sales crept up to 10.9 million last year from 10.77 million in 2017, largely down to gains in the European Union (EU) and China.
The group’s sales in the EU were up 1.2% and sales in the Chinese market rose 0.5%, despite both markets contracting overall. However, Volkswagen Group sales were down 2% year on year in the US, with a total of 960,000.
The overall rise was largely thanks to the success of the Group’s expanded SUV line-up, and that trend is set to continue following the recent launches of the Volkswagen T-Cross and Skoda Kamiq.
Despite that, however, long-standing saloon and hatchback models remain highly popular, still accounting for several of the Group’s best-sellers in 2018.
Here’s how each of the main Volkswagen Group car brands fared last year, with their 2018 best-sellers.
1: Leon: 159,4862: Ibiza: 120,2873: Arona:110,926
Bentley sales dipped to 9115 from 10,552, while profit margins dropped from 3% to -18%. The delay in the start-up of the new Continental GT and a restructuring of the firm’s pension fund were the key reasons for that fall, according to the Volkswagen Group.
Bentley’s best-sellers1: Bentayga: 40722: Continental GT: 28413: Flying Spur: 1627
Sales in 2018 were up to 268,451 from 255,683, but profit margins were down to 17.4% from 18.5%, attributed to extra research spending on electrification.
1: Macan: 93,9532: Cayenne: 79,1113: 911: 36,236
Lamborghini is managed under the Audi brand and Volkswagen doesn’t break out its profits, but sales in 2018 jumped from 6571 to 4056, driven by the new Urus SUV.
1: Urus: 25652: Huracán: 16693: Huracán Spyder: 1121