Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported another strong sales month in March with a 9.3% year-on-year increase on the back of double digit growth in the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions. Total sales for the month amounted to 57,158 cars, compared to 52,279 cars a year earlier.

 The company said growth in the first quarter of 2017 amounted to 7.1%, “putting the company firmly on course for a fourth consecutive record year in retail sales”.

It also said that strong demand for the new 90 series cars remains an important factor in Volvo’s positive sales performance, while the soon-to-be-replaced XC60 remains the best-selling model overall.

An all new XC60 was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month and will start production at the Torslanda plant in Sweden this month.

The Asia Pacific region reported sales growth of 16.7% in March to 12,949 cars, boosted by a strong performance in China, Volvo’s largest market. China sales rose by 20.6% to 9,095 cars, following strong demand for the locally-produced XC60 and S60L models as well as the XC90 and S90.

 Sales in the EMEA region increased by 13.6% to 37,206 cars sold, on the back of a strong performance in Sweden and double-digit growth in the United Kingdom and Germany. The region continued to see strong demand for the new V90 and XC90 as well as Europe’s most popular premium mid-size SUV, the XC60. In Sweden, the new S90/V90 kept Volvo at its traditional spot on top of the list of best-selling models.

 The Americas region reported sales of 6,687 cars, of which 5,356 in the United States. The most popular model in the region is the XC60, followed closely by the XC90.