However, Europe and North America saw an increase in sales of 0.6% and 3.7% respectively, as more customers took delivery of a VW vehicle than in the same month last year. Nevertheless, this could not compensate for lower deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region, which decreased by 9.9%, and South America, which saw a drop of 10.2%. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group, conceded market conditions were challenging but was positive about the continued appeal and overall market share of the brand. “As was the case in the first two months of the year, the Volkswagen Group again performed better than the global market in March and won further market shares”, he said. “We ended what was, as expected, a challenging first quarter with deliveries exceeding 2.6 million vehicles and high order backlogs, and are somewhat more optimistic, particularly as regards the second half of the year.”