China has become Volvo Cars' number one market in September with 5,719 retail sold cars, representing an increase of 48.6% on last year. The bestselling model was the Volvo XC60 with 2,482 sold cars - a new sales record for an individual month - while the V40 model also supported the continued growth in the Chinese market.

The positive momentum in Europe continues with the Netherlands being one of the key markets boosted by strong sales of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid and the Volvo V40. The UK, Switzerland and Spain also performed very well with the Volvo V40 and V60 models explaining most of the growth.

The Volvo V40, V60 and XC60 models were the main drivers behind the growth in Sweden, where Volvo continues to be the market leader with close to 20% market share. The US reported retail sales of 4,188 cars with the Volvo S60 and XC60 models representing the majority of sales.

"We are very satisfied with the positive reception of our new products that are now reaching dealerships globally. We are confident that we are on the right track with our global transformation strategy," said Alain Visser, senior vice president marketing, sales and customer service at Volvo Cars.

 Retail sales status (deliveries to end customers) for Volvo Cars in September is as follows:

September

 

2012

2013

Change

China

3.848

5.719

48.6%

USA

4.986

4.188

-16.0%

EU20

18.918

23.391

23.6%

of which Sweden

3.867

4.701

21.6%

Rest of World

8.329

7.654

-8.1%

TOTAL

36.081

40.952

13.5%

The Volvo XC60 was the best-selling model in September with 10,757 sold cars (2012: 9,462), followed by the Volvo V40 for which deliveries reached 8,220 cars (3,063). Including the cross country version, the V40 reached 10,683 sold cars. The third best-selling model was the Volvo V60 with 5,969 cars (4,625).

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