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Volvo Cars sales up 12.6 per cent in the first 10 months of 2021, share of electrified cars exceeds 25% of all units sold

Volvo Cars sold 581,464 cars in the first 10 months of 2021, up 12.6 per cent compared with the same period last year.

 

In October, Volvo Cars global sales reached 50,815 cars, down 22.2 per cent compared with the same period last year. The decline was related to a shortage of components which affected production but the demand for Volvo Cars’ products remained strong.

 

The company also saw the sales of electrified cars increasing. The share of cars with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain, the so-called Recharge models, amounted to 25.5 per cent of all cars being sold globally for the first 10 months to October 31. For the month of October, the share of Recharge cars accounted for 31.5 per cent of total sales, as the number of electrified vehicles continues to rise globally.

 

Sales of Volvo Cars’ fully electric models reached 3.1 percent of the overall sales, 18,261 cars, for the first 10 months and increased to 5.6 per cent, 2,841 cars, for the month of October. The growth was related to a planned ramp up in production. During the month of October, Volvo Cars also started production of the fully electric C40 Recharge in Ghent.

 

Volvo Cars’ sales in the US reached 104,066 cars in the first 10 months, up 23.5 per cent compared with the same period last year. For the month of October, sales reached 8,701 cars of which Recharge cars accounted for 24.1 percent of the overall sales.

 

Sales in China for the January-October period landed at 143,616 cars, up 10.5 per cent compared with the same period last year. In October, the number of cars sold reached 11,006 cars, a decline of 34.2 per cent compared with October 2020, primarily due to lack of supply which affected production.  

 

Volvo Cars’ sales in Europe reached 242,495 cars in the first 10 months of the year, up 6.1 per cent compared with the same period last year. The sales performance for the month of October was affected by the lack of available cars, which resulted in a decline to 22,124 cars. The demand was strong and resulted in a pick-up in markets such as Sweden and the United Kingdom.

 

Globally, the XC60 continued to be the best-selling model for the company in the January-October period, retailing 177,995 cars (2020: 149,855), followed by the XC40 with a total sales of 170,907 cars (2020: 142,159 units), and the Volvo XC90 with 89,041 cars sold (2020: 70,195 units).

 

A detailed break-up of regional sales is given below:

 

  October     January- October    
  2020 2021 Change 2020 2021 Change
             
Europe 28,181 22,124 -21.5% 228,514 242,495 6.1%
Recharge 10,081 10,369 2.9% 64,679 102,375 58.3%
 - Plug-in hybrid 10,079  8,712 -13.6% 64,677 90,836 40.4%
 - Fully electric 1,657 82,750% 2 11,537 576,850%
             
China 16,723 11,006 -34.2% 130,001 143,616 10.5%
Recharge 568 1,230 116.5% 4,188 8,394 100.4%
 - Plug-in hybrid 568 1,142 101.1% 4,188 7,844 87.3%
 - Fully electric - 88 - - 550 -
             
US 10,691 8,701 -18.6% 84,295 104,066 23.5%
Recharge 997 2,102 110.8% 4,179 18,131 333.9%
 - Plug-in hybrid 995 1,295 30.2% 4,177 12,906 209.9%
 - Fully electric 2 807 40,250% 2 5,225 261,150%
             
Other 9,695 8,984 -7.3% 73,608 91,287 24.0%
Recharge 1,094 2,285 108.9% 8,127 19,168 135.9%
 - Plug-in hybrid 1,094 1,996 82.4% 8,127 10,090 124.2%
 - Fully electric - 289 - - 951
             
Total 65,290 50,815 -22.2% 516,418 581,464 12.6%
Recharge 12,740 15,986 25.5% 81,173 148,068 82.4%
 - Plug-in hybrid 12,736 13,145 3.2% 81,169 129,803 59.9%
 - Fully electric 4 2,841 70,925% 4 18,261 456,525%

 

Volvo Car Group in 2020

For the 2020 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 8.5 BSEK (14.3 BSEK in 2019). Revenue over the period amounted to 262.8 BSEK (274.1 BSEK). For the full year of 2020, global sales reached 661,713 cars (705,452), a decline of 6.2 per cent compared to 2019.

 

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 661,713 cars in 2020 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010.

 

As of December 2020, Volvo Cars employed approximately 40,000 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars' head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars' head office for APAC is located in Shanghai and for Americas in Mahwah, NJ. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China).

 

Under its company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected into a number of business ambitions: for example, by the middle of this decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars, half of its sales to be online and half of its software to be in-house. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.



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