Press Release
Date of issue   Jan 09, 2014 | ID: 137771

Volvo Car Group announces December and full-year 2013 retail sales:

Volvo Cars reports global sales growth in 2013

 

  • Full-year global sales of 427,840 cars, up 1.4 per cent versus 2012
  • December sales up 11.7 per cent
  • Year-on-year growth for six consecutive months
  • Volvo XC60 best-selling model in 2013 with best sales year ever

 

The United States just nudged out China to be Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) number one market last year with 61,233 cars sold. December isolated showed a 20.5 per cent decrease due to extraordinary one-time effects in December 2012. The Volvo S60 and XC60 were the two best sellers while the introduction of the new Drive-E engine family, with top class fuel economy, and the launch of the Volvo V60 are expected to bolster Volvo Cars’ position in the US market in 2014.

Volvo XC60 R-Design

Sales in China accelerated throughout the year and set a new all-time high record in December with 6,685 cars sold, contributing to total sales for 2013 of 61,146 cars, just a few cars less than the United States. The best-selling model in China was the Volvo XC60, which also set a new record for an individual month in December with 3,242 cars sold.

 

Volvo Cars strengthened its position as market leader in Sweden with a 20 per cent market share and four models on the top-ten list of best-selling car models. Sweden was Volvo Cars’ third-largest market in 2013 with 52,260 sold cars, with the Volvo V70 and V60 the two best-selling models.

 

Volvo’s V40 and 60-series carlines continued to boost European sales in December. Growth came in particular from the Netherlands, UK and Norway. Volvo Cars Netherlands reported an outstanding market share of 5.86 per cent making Volvo the largest premium brand in the country and the Volvo V40 one of the best-selling cars on the market. For the full year sales were flat in Europe, with the Volvo V40 being the best-selling Volvo model in the region. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid was Europe’s best-selling diesel plug-in hybrid with 7,378 sold cars for the full year.

 

Japan also made an important contribution to Volvo Cars’ positive full-year result. Retail sales in Japan grew by 22 per cent to 16,897 cars in 2013, with the Volvo V40 and V60 models the best-selling models.

 

“After six consecutive months of growing sales we can report a great full-year performance exceeding last year’s results,” says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars. “Our China team has delivered fantastic growth and we will continue to expand our presence there. We have new products reaching US showrooms soon and in Europe we have a very attractive product offer which will be further developed in 2014.”

 

Retail sales status (deliveries to end customers) for Volvo Car Group is as follows:

 

 

December

 

January – December

               
 

2012

2013

Change

 

2012

2013

Change

               

China

4 356

6 685

53,5%

 

41 989

61 146

45,6%

               

USA

6 150

4 888

-20,5%

 

68 079

61 233

-10,1%

               

EU20*

19 635

23 494

19,7%

 

227 027

226 095

-0,4%

               

 of which Sweden

5 598

5 480

-2,1%

 

51 832

52 260

0,8%

               

Rest of World

8 414

7 984

-5,1%

 

84 856

79 366

-6,5%

               

TOTAL

38 555

43 051

11,7%

 

421 951

427 840

1,4%

 

For December, the Volvo XC60 was the best-selling model with 12,308 sold cars (2012: 9,925), followed by the Volvo V40 for which deliveries reached 8,093 cars (4,635). Including the Cross Country version, the V40 reached 10,561 sold cars. The third best-selling model was the Volvo V60 with 6,042 cars (5,570).

 

Looking at the full year 2013, the Volvo XC60 had its best year ever reaching 114,010 sold cars (2012: 106,203) and it became the best-selling Volvo model. The V40 model came in second with 78,307 cars (22,202) or 99,911 cars including the V40 Cross Country (22,446). The Volvo S60 finished as number three with 61,579 cars (64,746). Historical sales figures by model can be found in the Sales Volume section of the Global Newsroom.

 

Sales by model

 

Ten biggest markets

                 
 

2012

 

2013

   

2012

 

2013

                 

S40

12 354

 

181

 

US

68 079

 

61 233

S60

64 746

 

61 579

 

China

41 989

 

61 146

S60L

0

 

67

 

Sweden

51 832

 

52 260

S80

11 698

 

7 951

 

UK

31 743

 

32 678

S80L

5 545

 

3 531

 

Germany

32 070

 

26 680

V40

22 202

 

78 307

 

Netherlands

16 338

 

23 006

V40CC

244

 

21 604

 

Japan

13 848

 

16 897

V50

30 246

 

223

 

Belgium

16 338

 

16 670

V60

53 037

 

54 666

 

Russia

20 364

 

15 017

V70

31 522

 

26 133

 

Italy

14 855

 

13 708

XC60

106 203

 

114 010

         

XC70

25 579

 

24 418

         

XC90

31 290

 

23 784

         

C30

19 256

 

5 628

         

C70

8 029

 

5 758

         
                 

Total

421 951

 

427 840

         

 

*EU20 includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium/Luxemburg, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic

Media Contacts

 

Stefan Elfström

Corporate Spokesman

Volvo Car Group

 

Phone: +46 31 596525

Mobile: +46 31 596525

stefan.elfstrom@volvocars.com

 

 

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