Volvo Cars has reported a strong start to the year with a 10% year-over-year growth in sales for the first quarter of 2023. The Swedish carmaker sold 162,938 cars globally between January and March, with electric vehicles driving the sales growth.
The company’s Recharge line-up of chargeable models, which includes fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, remained popular in the first quarter of the year, making up 41% of all Volvo cars sold worldwide. The share of fully electric cars during the period ended up at 18%.
In March, Volvo Cars sold 63,132 cars globally, an 8% increase compared to the same month last year. The top-selling model for the month was the Volvo XC40, with sales of 20,556 cars, followed by the XC60 and XC90 models.
In Europe, Volvo Cars sold 72,671 cars in the first three months of the year, up 12% from the same period last year. Recharge models accounted for 62% of overall sales in the region, with fully electric cars contributing to 18% of the sales growth.
Sales in the United States grew by 16% in the first quarter of the year to 26,483 cars, with Recharge models accounting for 29% of overall sales during the period. The fully electric cars sold in the US during the period accounted for 2,782 cars, a 68% increase from the same period last year.
In China, Volvo Cars sold 36,457 cars in the first quarter of the year, up 2% compared to the same period last year. Sales of Recharge cars ended up at 11%, while the fully electric models sold in China during the period accounted for 926 cars, a 113% increase from the same period last year.
Volvo Cars’ sales growth in the first quarter of 2023 is a testament to the increasing demand for electric vehicles worldwide. The company has been investing heavily in electrification in recent years and aims to become a fully electric carmaker by 2030.
“We are pleased to see that our efforts to provide customers with sustainable and high-performing cars are being recognized by consumers around the world,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Chief Executive Officer at Volvo Cars.
Volvo Cars is not alone in the push towards electrification, with other major carmakers also investing heavily in the segment. Governments around the world are also providing incentives to encourage consumers to switch to electric cars, as part of their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to the Recharge line-up, Volvo Cars is also working on other initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, including plans to become a climate-neutral company by 2040. The company aims to achieve this through various measures, such as reducing carbon emissions from its production processes and supply chain.
Overall, Volvo Cars’ sales growth in the first quarter of 2023 is a positive sign for the company, which has been on a strong growth trajectory in recent years. With its focus on electrification and sustainability, the Swedish carmaker is well-positioned to continue its growth in the coming years, while also contributing to a more sustainable future for the planet.