VW Group sales fell 34% in May as virus continued to hit demand

Europe

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s global vehicle sales fell 34 percent to 609,400 last month as the automaker continued to suffer fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The crisis has triggered plant closures and demand declines across the industry as consumers were forced to remain at home under lockdown measures around the world.

May sales were down 57 percent in Western Europe, 51 percent in Central and Eastern Europe and 39 percent in North America. In South America, they fell 69 percent.

In China, the world’s biggest automotive market and the original epicenter of the outbreak, sales bounced back 5.7 percent as the country was among the first markets to emerge from lockdown.

Brand sales

All of VW Group’s major brands suffered losses last month. VW brand fell 30 percent, while Audi was down 22 percent and Skoda by 42 percent.

The group’s Spanish unit saw the biggest fall as sales plummeted 65 percent, while sports car maker Porsche fell by 17 percent.

Through May, VW Group sales were down 30 percent to 3.09 million.

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