Volkswagen says group sales up nearly 5 per cent in 2013, hit record of 9.5 million

BERLIN – Volkswagen AG says it delivered a record 9.5 million cars and commercial vehicles last year, a 4.8 per cent increase, as growing Chinese and North American demand compensated for a slight decline in Europe.

The Wolfsburg, Germany-based company said that the Volkswagen Group — which includes Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat — finished the year with a strong performance in December, when sales rose 6.3 per cent over a year earlier to 833,200.

European deliveries slipped 0.5 per cent to 3.65 million, but Chinese sales rose 16.2 per cent to 3.27 million. North American sales were 5.6 per cent higher, including a 2.6 per cent gain to 611,700 in the U.S.

Volkswagen board member Christian Klingler said Saturday the company expects “market developments on a level similar to 2013” this year.