Once again, the brand's SUVs led the way.
Volvo has got to be thrilled with its start to the year. Not only did the company return exceptional sales figures in Q1, but that momentum has continued into Q2. Both globally and in North America, Volvo had a brilliant April. However, last month's percentage increases in sales do come with a caveat - April 2020 wasn't a great month for pretty much all automakers due to the impact of the pandemic at the time. Still, Volvo's global sales were up by 97.5 percent last month year-on-year and they jumped by 185.5% in the USA specifically. Unsurprisingly, SUVs like the XC40 and XC60 were star performers once again.
Globally, Volvo Cars moved 62,724 units in April 2021, up from 31,760 vehicles when compared to April 2020. Europe performed very well last month with a 178% jump in sales compared to last year. Globally, the top-selling Volvo was the XC40 with 19,833 units followed by the XC60 (17,925) and the XC90 (9,371). In the USA, Volvo had its best April on record and saw its eleventh consecutive month of growth in the region. Not only did both the XC60 and XC40 perform well in North America, but Volvo's electrified Recharge models made up more than 15% of total sales in April.
California easily leads the way for Recharge vehicles. Of all Volvos sold in that state last month, 47.5% of these were either plug-in hybrids or full electrics.
"With the best April sales month on record, Volvo Car USA continues to experience extraordinary momentum going into the second quarter," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. Following a recent update for the 2022 Volvo XC60 and a new Android-powered infotainment system for several of the Swedish brand's models, it looks as though the company will continue going from strength to strength in the months ahead.