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Volvo sees sales slump in January as supply issues continue to affect production

  • Volvo experiences 20.2 per cent drop in sales in January
  • Firm blames ‘component shortages’ such as semiconductor crisis for issues
  • There is some good news for Volvo as sales of Recharge models improve by 11.5 per cent

Time 7:53 am, February 3, 2022

Volvo saw its global sales slump by more than 20 per cent in January as supply chain issues continue to wreak havoc on the new car market.

The Swedish brand sold 47,561 cars in the first month of the new year, a 20.2 per cent drop compared to 59,588 in January 2021.

The decline was seen in every major market with the biggest drop coming in Europe, where there was a 24.8 per cent fall from 24,864 cars sold to just 18,691.

In China there was a 23.7 per cent decrease from 19,160 units sold to 14,629 while the US saw sales fall from 8,151 to 7,110 – a difference of 12.8 per cent.

Volvo sold 7,131 cars in other markets around the world throughout January, which was a fall of just under four per cent.

Despite the bleak state of the figures, bosses say there remains a ‘strong demand’ for their products.

They pointed towards ongoing supply constraints, such as the semiconductor crisis, as the main reason for the decline.

A spokesman said: ‘The supply situation continues to ease, but component shortages will remain a constraining factor for Volvo Cars and the auto industry.’

It wasn’t all bad news for Volvo though, with sales of Recharge models actually improving by 11.5 per cent last month, year-on-year.

Globally, there were 15,071 Recharge models sold in January compared to 13,514 in the same month in 2021.

The carmaker has pledged that half of all cars it sells will be electrified by 2025 and it looks well on the way to meeting that target.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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