Volvo Cars reported 8.8 per cent sales growth for the first 11 months of 2021 to 634,257 cars and is on track for a full-year sales increase versus 2020, demonstrating its resilience in the face of persistent tough market conditions and supply constraints.
The company recorded 52,793 retail deliveries in November, a decline of 20.7 per cent compared to the same month last year. The result was significantly influenced by continued supply shortages, which affected production and consequently deliveries to customers. Despite these restrictions, Volvo Cars saw consistently strong demand for its products as reflected in its order books.
The results also demonstrate the continued popularity of Volvo Cars’ Recharge models, its line-up of cars with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain. November saw the start of retail deliveries of the new pure electric C40 Recharge model, and in Europe more than half of all new Volvo cars sold in November were Recharge models. The global Recharge share was a third of total sales in November.
So far this year, more than 25 per cent of the company’s global sales consist of Recharge models. In Europe, this percentage is more than 40 per cent and in the United States it is nearing 20 per cent. Globally, sales of Recharge cars are up by more than 70 per cent since the start of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.
In the United States, the company has so far sold 111,733 cars this year, an increase of 16.5 per cent compared with the first 11 months of 2020. In November, Volvo Cars sold 7,667 cars in the US.
Sales in China for the first 11 months of the year amounted to 157,034 cars, up 6.1 per cent compared with the same period in 2020. During November, Volvo Cars sold 13,418 cars in China.
In Europe, year-to-date sales increased by 4.0 per cent to 264,910 cars, as strong demand for the company’s Recharge cars supported the sales performance. In November, the company sold 22,415 cars in the region.
Globally, the XC60 continues to be the best-selling model for the company in 2021, as 195,108 cars (2020: 169,445) were sold in the first 11 months of the year. The XC40 follows in second with total sales of 184,842 cars (2020: 161,329), while the XC90 is the third-best-selling model with 97,365 cars (2020: 80,275).
|- Plug-in hybrid||9,599||9,891||3.0%||74,276||100,727||35.6%|
|- Fully electric||1,254||1,778||41.8%||1,256||13,317||960.3%|
|- Plug-in hybrid||870||1,532||76.1%||5,058||9,376||85.4%|
|- Fully electric||-||161||-||-||711||-|
|- Plug-in hybrid||1,154||1,300||12.7%||5,331||14,206||166.5%|
|- Fully electric||53||412||677.4%||55||5,637||10,149%|
|- Plug-in hybrid||1,778||1,887||6.1%||9,905||20,104||103.0%|
|- Fully electric||-||342||-||-||1,293||-|
|- Plug-in hybrid||13,401||14,610||9.0%||94,570||144,413||52.7%|
|- Fully electric||1,307||2,693||106.0%||1,311||20,958||1,499%|
Volvo Cars in 2020-2021
For the 12 months between July 2020 and June 2021, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 22.5 BSEK (14.3 BSEK in 2019). Revenue over the period amounted to 292.1 BSEK (274.1 BSEK in 2019), while global sales reached 773,000 cars.
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 to customers in more than 100 countries. Volvo Cars is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, where it is traded under the ticker “VOLCAR B”.
Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This is reflected in its ambition to become a fully electric car maker by 2030 and in its commitment to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.
As of December 2020, Volvo Cars employed approximately 40,000 full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu, Daqing and Taizhou (China). The company also has R&D and design centres in Gothenburg, Camarillo (US), Sunnyvale (US) and Shanghai (China).