sold 530,649 cars in the first nine months of 2021, up 17.6% compared with the same period last year. Europe, China and the USA all reported sales growth in the January-to-September period, despite a challenging year where Covid-19-related supplier shutdowns have caused a global material shortage.
In September, Volvo Cars’ global sales reached 47,223 cars, down 30.2% compared to the same period last year. The decline was related to a shortage of components. This affected production, although it picked up again late in the month — the demand for Volvo Cars’ products remained strong.
For the first nine months of 2021, the number of Volvo cars sold online increased by more than 360% compared with the same period in 2020. This growth was driven by increasing customer demand in combination with a broadened offer in more markets.
Volvo Cars’ Recharge line-up of chargeable models, with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain, continued to be popular among customers. The share of Recharge models sold globally reached 24.9% for the first nine months of the year, and 26.9% for the month of September.
US sales in the January-to-September period totalled 95,365 cars, up 29.6% compared with the same period last year. In September, the number of cars sold reached 9,350 cars, a decline of 9.0% compared to September 2020, primarily due to a shortage of available cars.
Volvo Cars’ sales in Europe reached 220,371 cars in the first nine months of the year, up 10% compared with the same period last year. The sales performance for the month of September was heavily affected by the shortage of available cars, affecting sales in markets such as Sweden, the UK, Belgium and Italy. This resulted in a drop to 18,089 sold cars, a 41.5% decline compared to the same period last year.
Volvo Cars’ sales in China reached 132,610 cars in the first nine months of the year, up 17.1 per cent compared with the same period last year. In September, 9,696 cars were sold, a decline of 43.9% compared to the same period last year.
Globally, the XC60 continued to be the best-selling model for the company in the January-to-September period, retailing 162,596 cars (2020: 131,091), followed by the XC40 with total sales of 156,920 cars (2020: 121,905 units), and the Volvo XC90 with 80,402 cars sold (2020: 61,327 units).