Volvo breaks sales record in first half of 2021

Home Car News Volvo breaks sales record...


Volvo has recorded its strongest-ever sales for the first half of a year, rebounding strongly from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to sell 380,757 cars.

The Swedish firm’s sales between January and June increased by 41.0% compared with the same period in 2020, when sales and production were affected by various national lockdowns. More significantly, the firm broke its previous first-half sales record of 340,826 units, set in 2019.

Of those sales, 24.6% were electric or plug-in hybrid models. Sales of such machines, which carry Volvo’s Recharge branding, increased nearly 150% year on year.

The XC40 was again Volvo’s best-selling model, with 118,121 sold. Showing the continued popularity of its SUVs, the XC60 (113,500) and XC90 (54,177) were next in its sales list.

Volvo’s sales increased in its three key markets – Europe, China and the US. The firm sold 166,822 cars in Europe, a 35.4% year-on-year rise.

The first-half sales record came after Volvo sold 391,754 cars in the final six months of 2020, which set a new record for July-December sales. It means the firm is on course to break its overall annual sales record of 705,452, which was set in 2019.

James Attwood

Citroen DS electric conversion brings 320km driving range

Electrogenic's Citroen DS EV conversion includes an updated hydro-pneumatic suspension with a silent electric pump system. UK-based electric car conversion specialist Electrogenic has revealed another electrified...

Rare Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R M-Spec for sale at Summon

One of only 39 black GT-R M-Spec models to be made is for sale in Australia. Australian concierge car selling service Summon has listed a...

2021 Volkswagen Taigo revealed in right-hand drive

Rakish new Volkswagen Taigo crossover, which shares a platform with the Polo and T-Cross, will go on sale for some right-hand drive markets this...

Related articles