During the first half of 2004, some 230,000 Volvos were sold compared with 211,000 for the corresponding period last year. This points to that 2004 can be an important step towards the long term sales target of 600,000 units.
2004 shows every sign of becoming av very good year in sales terms for Volvo Cars. Already during the first quarter, strong positive tendencies were noticed and the figures for the second quarter establish this. Up to June 30, the sales increased 11 per cent compared with 2003.
A large contributing factor is that the sales of the new S40 and V50 models have got a flying start and the XC90 continues to increase. Almost 50 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The markets that have increased the most are to be found in Europe.The Volvo sales in France, for instance, increased by an impressive 40 per cent. In Germany the increase was 32 per cent, in the UK 10 per cent and the sales on average increased in Europe with some 15 per cent. In Europe the diesel versions account for 50 per cent of the total Volvo sales volume.
In Sweden, Volvo increased sales by 5 per cent on a total market that decreased 1.4 per cent. There are five Volvos among the fifteen top selling cars and the Volvo V70 is still the best selling car in Sweden.
The USA recorded its best ever six months with year-to-date sales of 69,158 units. This represents a 2.1 per cent increase over the pace of the 2003 record year. The XC90 continues to be the best selling European SUV (sales up 20 per cent). The new S40 has also strongly contributed to the sales result.
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