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Volkswagen deliveries in 2018 rose 0.9%

Volkswagen AG on Jan. 11 said its deliveries in 2018 rose 0.9% year over year to 10.83 million vehicles, setting a new record for the German automaker.

The rise was driven mainly by strong delivery growth in South America, Europe, the U.S. and China.

European sales rose 1.2% year over year to about 4.38 million units. Despite the negative effects of the implementation of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, in the European Union, deliveries in Western Europe managed to reach 3.58 million units, which is about the same level as last year. Germany also maintained its 2017 delivery level at 1.28 million units.

In Central and Eastern Europe, deliveries grew 7.1% year over year to 797,200 vehicles, boosted by a strong performance in Russia, where deliveries jumped 19.8%.

In North America, deliveries in the U.S. rose 2.1% to 638,300 units, while deliveries in Canada grew 3.7% to 118,500 units. Deliveries in Mexico posted a year-over-year dip of 15.6%, bringing the total deliveries in the region to 956,700 units, down 2% from the previous year.

Meanwhile, South American deliveries grew 13.1% year over year to 590,000 units. Deliveries in Brazil rose 30.4% to 401,700 vehicles, offsetting the 22.4% drop in deliveries in Argentina to 118,600 units.

Asia-Pacific deliveries grew 0.9% year over year to 4.55 million units. Volkswagen managed to deliver 4.21 million vehicles in China, 0.5% more than last year, despite a market that has increasingly become sluggish due to trade tensions between the country and the U.S.

Of the Volkswagen brands, MAN and SEAT posted double-digit delivery growths at 19.6% and 10.5% year over year, respectively. Deliveries by Scania also rose by 6.3%, Skoda by 4.4% and Porsche by 4%. Volkswagen commercial vehicle posted a 0.4% increase in deliveries, and Volkswagen passenger car recorded a 0.2% growth. Meanwhile, Audi deliveries decreased 3.5% from the previous year to 1.8 million units.