The development of the markets continued to vary by region: the Western European markets – especially the United Kingdom, France and Italy showed a sales increase of 15%. Unit sales in Central and Eastern Europe also saw a significant increase in unit sales. The company said the difficult economic and political situation prompted a decrease in unit sales in Russia. In Brazil, truck sales declined by 19% in the first six months. Volkswagen said it was due to the continued difficult macroeconomic environment and more difficult financing conditions.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold 7,570 units in the first six months in the bus business, down 6% as against the previous year.
“Thanks to strong demand in Europe and a highly competitive range of vehicles, we have succeeded in increasing our unit sales in the first six months. We are also optimistic for the next six months. We are very pleased with the current development at the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group. We tackle important issues together, implement quickly, and remain firmly focused on our goals: to become global champion within the next decade, said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH and member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
Since June, electrified trucks from Scania have gone into the testing phase on a two-kilometer test track in Sweden. An overhead wire supplies electric power at all times. Scania is planning to expand its service Scania Maintenance with another feature. In addition to its mileage-based service, Scania is now introducing the option to have vehicles serviced on flexible maintenance plans.