By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jul 5th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
 
Volvo continued to make significant inroads in China during the month of June, but the Swedish automaker failed to make headway in most other major markets.

Volvo's China sales shot up 74 percent in June to a record setting 5,798 units. For the year, Volvo's China sales stand at 28,703 units, marking a 34.4 percent improvement over the same period last year and another high watermark for the company.

However, Volvo's results weren't as rosy outside of the world's largest auto market. Volvo's United States sales slipped by 6 percent to 6,678 units last month. Through the first six months of the year, Volvo's U.S. sales were off by 5.9 percent.

Europe remains a tough market for most automakers, and Volvo was not except in June. Volvo's European sales dropped 9.5 percent last month to 20,534 sales. Volvo's European sales are down 10.9 percent to 109,783 units in 2013.

However, the news wasn't all bad in Europe as Volvo managed to post sales gains in both France and Spain in June. Volvo's home market of Sweden was also up 6.3 percent to 4,607 vehicles.

Volvo's global sales were down 2.6 percent to 40,939 units last month. For the year, the Swedish automaker's sales have fallen 5.5 percent to 209,118.

The Volvo XC60 was the brand's best-selling model in June (10,961 deliveries), followed by the S60 with 7,210 units sold.