FRANKFURT, April 12 Volkswagen, the
world's third largest carmaker, posted flat vehicle sales in
March after headwinds in global markets grew harsher, the
company said on Friday.
The Wolfsburg-based group said deliveries to customers edged
up 0.2 percent to 864,500 vehicles last month, weighed down by
weakness in Europe.
"Positive momentum was maintained in North America and
China. Almost all other regions, however, particularly the
markets in Western Europe, remain affected by uncertainty which
is in some cases considerable," Volkswagen sales chief Christian
Klingler said in a statement.
"The data for March clearly show that the markets are
becoming even more difficult," he added.
For the first quarter, volumes rose 5.1 percent to 2.27
million vehicles, driven by a 21 percent gain in China, the
group's single largest market.
(Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner; Editing by Christoph Steitz)