The Volkswagen Group reported a further rise in vehicle sales worldwide for the first four months of this year. The automaker made 2.66m deliveries, up just under 14% on the same period a year ago.

The company also reported a rise for April, when 690,900 vehicles were sold, an increase of 14.5% over April 2010.

Board member for sales, Christian Klingler, said the group had made a good start to the second quarter and expected to maintain its momentum over the coming months.

Group brands delivered 1.23m vehicles in Europe in the first four months, an increase of 8%. In Germany, VW grew 6.2% with 367,000 units. In North America sales were up almost 18% to 201,700 and sales in South America totalled 295,300, up 7%.

Of 837,000 vehicles sold in the Asia Pacific region last month, 741,200 were delivered in China, up 19.5%.

VW Passenger Cars delivered 1.66m units worldwide in the first four months, performing particularly strongly in China were sales grew 17% to 578,200.

Audi which delivered 422,000, up 17% and Skoda shipped 295,300, an increase of 22%. Seat sales rose 3.2% to 121,200 vehicles worldwide in the first four months.

VW commercial vehicles enjoyed significant growth of 31% delivering 164,200 (125,200) units.