Irvine, CA – April 1, 2005 – Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) reports sales for the first quarter trail last year's record beginning by 3.8 percent in the United States. Sales for the month were off compared to the same period of a year ago – down 10.3 percent.
Volvo sales of 11,631 units in the U.S. were led by the continuing performance of the XC90, which had its best selling V8 month to-date as the recently introduced variant of Volvo's award-winning SUV gears up. XC90 sales were up 1.6 percent.
Overall, sales in North America (United States, Canada and Mexico) totaled 13,204 units. Sales in Canada were up 10 percent in March, while sales in Mexico continued to show growth with an increase of nearly 20 percent for the month. Year-to-date, VCNA is off slightly with sales down 2.5 percent compared to 2004.
VCNA, part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenburg, Sweden, provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Volvo has been building cars with Safety in mind for over 75 years. The 2005 Volvo Cars model line-up includes: the award-winning new S40 and its wagon counterpart the all-new V50; the award-winning XC90; the sporty S60 sedan – including the award-winning performance sedan – S60 R and the performance wagon version – V70 R; the flagship S80 luxury sedan; versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); and, the C70 convertible.
* U.S. results include Puerto Rico
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