Volvo Cars maintained strong sales momentum in November, with global volumes up 11.6 per cent compared with the same period last year. The company sold a total of 62,550 cars during the month, as it continued to grow faster than the industry in all three regions of the US, China and Europe.
For the January-to-November period, the company’s global sales reached 631,213 cars, up from 582,096 cars in the same period last year, a growth of 8.4 per cent.
The strong performance in the year has put Volvo Cars firmly on course to set a new global annual sales record in 2019. In the full year 2018, the company sold 642,253 cars.
The double-digit growth in November was on the back of continued high demand for Volvo Cars’ award-winning SUVs. The XC60 was the highest-selling car for the company in the month, followed by the XC40 and the XC90. The V60 estate and S60 saloon also contributed to the volume growth.
European sales in November grew 5.3 per cent compared with the same period last year, to 29,261 cars. The top-selling models in the region during the month were the XC60, the XC40 and the V60.
Sales in the European region for the first 11 months of the year were up 6.2 per cent compared with the same period last year, to 306,381 cars. The United Kingdom and Germany reported volume growth of 13 per cent and 20.3 per cent respectively in the January-to-November period, and they beat their overall 2018 sales performance with a month still in hand.
Volvo Cars’ sales in China were up 26.7 per cent in November compared with the same period last year, to 14,502 cars. The strong growth in the region was led by the demand for the locally produced XC60, the S90 and the XC40.
Sales in China in the January-to-November period grew 16.3 per cent compared with the same period last year, to 138,053 cars. The company’s strong performance means that China beat its full-year 2018 sales performance within the first 11 months of the year.
US sales in November reached 9,635 cars, up 17.8 per cent compared with the same period last year. The XC90 was the top-selling model in the region, followed by the XC60 and the XC40.
The company continued to grow faster than the industry in the US for the first 11 months of the year, with sales up 7.2 per cent compared with the same period last year, to 95,874 cars.
In November, the XC60 was the highest-selling model, with sales of 18,955 cars (2018: 18,275 cars), followed by the XC40 at 14,478 cars (2018: 8,993 cars) and the XC90 with total sales of 9,087 cars (2018: 7,534 units).