After the sales slump in the Wake of the exhaust gas scandal has boosted Volkswagen’s U.S. sales of its core brand, VW in 2018, the second year in a row. Thanks to sought-after SUV models, a total of 354.064 Cars were brought with the VW Logo on the clientele. This represents an increase of 4.2 percent compared to the previous year. In December there was in the USA a Sales increase of 5.8 percent to a little more than 32,000 vehicles.

VW hit the end of the year, significantly better than the largest U.S. manufacturer General Motors (GM ) and Ford . Market leader GM, which submits its findings every three months, was in the fourth quarter, 2.7 percent fewer new cars than in the corresponding prior-year period. Ford reported for the month of December, a drop of 8.8 percent.

for The full year 2018, the U.S. accounted for heavy weights also noticeable declines. At GM, sales fell by 1.6% to nearly 3.0 million vehicles and Ford by 3.5 percent to 2.5 million cars. After a year-long sales boom cools off the US market in the face of higher interest rates and increased petrol prices for quite some time. Analysts see in the new year, no reversal of the trend.

Bad Numbers at Audi

GM and Ford, rising material make in addition to create a cost, what is the US customs dispute with trading partners such as China and the EU. GM announced plans in November to cut production and jobs on a massive scale in North America to reduce. Also Ford wants to reduce the cost drastically.

Bad it went for the VW subsidiary, Audi : The paragraph is said to have fallen in the past year by 1.4 percent to slightly more than 223.000 cars, the Volkswagen subsidiary. In December, sales had fallen by 16 per cent to 22.765 cars. Over the year, the sale of smaller models such as the A3, Q3, and A4 went back. Clearly, the sale of larger SUV has attracted, however, models like the Q5. The Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche increased its sales in the full year of 2018 to 3.2 percent.

The BMW sold in the past year in the United States for the first time in 2015 more cars. Due to the success in the SUV models, the sales volume increased in the case of the master brand BMW 1.7 per cent to 311.014 cars, such as the group announced. Previously, BMW had been in the United States, two lean years with declines. The second Mini brand, however, weakened 2018: 43.684 vehicles represented a decrease of 7.3 percent.

The car makers Daimler also had to accept a fall in sales. Overall, sales were down 5.3 percent to 355.413 vehicles, the company said. Sales of the small cars of the Smart by more than half. The Mercedes-Benz brand recorded a Minus of 6.3 percent to 315.959 piece.

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