Volkswagen, the largest car brand in China, bucked the market downturn for a second month in a row, with July sales rising 2 percent to 228,000.
The gains came mainly as a result of its “SUV offensive,” the brand said.
The VW brand has introduced five new locally built crossovers in China since last year: The Teramont, T-ROC, Tayron, Tharu and T-Cross.
Along with the Tiguan and Touareg introduced earlier, crossovers and SUVs generated 29 percent of its sales in July, up from 14 percent a year earlier, VW brand said.
The Lavida and the upgraded Passat, two sedans produced specifically for China, also helped lift July deliveries, the brand noted, without revealing volumes for either model.
In the first seven months, the VW brand’s China sales totaled 1,706,700, a dip of 2.9 percent from the same period last year.
The VW brand is poised to shore up sales the rest of this year with the launch of the first product under its entry-level Jetta subbrand in the third quarter.
The vehicle, the Jetta VS5 compact crossover, will have a starting price of 89,800 yuan ($12,792). It will be assembled at FAW-Volkswagen’s plant in the southwest China city of Chengdu. FAW-VW is VW Group’s joint venture with China FAW Group Corp.