Sales at Volkswagen Group, the largest light-vehicle maker in China, rose for the second straight month in July as gains at the Audi and VW brands more than offset weak results at Skoda.
The German auto giant, bucking the market downturn, delivered 313,400 vehicles in China last month under its various brands, with volume rising 1.3 percent to 313,400.
Sales at Audi grew 6.1 percent to 56,233 while deliveries at the VW brand increased 2 percent year on year to 228,000. But sales at Skoda fell 16 percent to 21,100.
VW Group didn’t release July results for other brands.
In the first seven months, the German group’s China deliveries dipped 3.2 percent to 2.23 million. Still, the company has gained market share and left its closest rival, General Motors, further behind in China.
China’s new light-vehicle sales dropped for the 13 consecutive month in July. Through July, cumulative new light-vehicle deliveries slumped 13 percent to below 11.7 million.
GM does not disclose monthly China sales. But according to its local partner, SAIC Motor Corp., GM’s two joint ventures posted steep sales declines in the first seven months.
Deliveries at SAIC-GM dropped 13 percent to 945,646 while volume at SAIC-GM-Wuling plunged 28 percent to 853,212.
SAIC-GM builds and markets Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet cars and light trucks, while SAIC-GM-Wuling produces and distributes cars for the entry-level Baojun brand and minibuses for the Wuling marque.