Volvo is in a great shape nowadays, with sales in the first half of the year increasing by 10.5 percent compared to the same period of 2015. The growth was obviously fueled by the introduction of new products such as the S90 and V90 midsize models, helping the brand sell a total of 256,563 cars. The trend is likely continue in the latter half of the year since Volvo estimates deliveries of the two models will further increase.
Let’s not forget about the XC90 which continues to be a very popular choice among Volvo buyers, contributing with 43,911 units of the total sales numbers during January - June 2016 and exceeding the company’s expectations.
The higher demand has helped Volvo more than triple its operating income to SEK5.59 billion (about $649.6M / €589.1M) in the first half of the year while the operating profit margin grew from 2.2 percent to 6.7 percent. The news just keeps on getting better as revenue for the year’s first half increased from SEK75.215B ($8.74B / €7.92B) to SEK83.647B ($9.72B / €8.8B).
Volvo is obviously already looking ahead, preparing an assortment of new models. Basically, the entire lineup with the exception of the XC90, S90 and V90 will be refreshed in the years to come, and new models will be added. These include a first-ever XC40 and a pure electric vehicle slated to arrive in 2019. The icing on the cake will be an assortment of sporty editions prepared by Polestar, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo.
Volvo Cars first half 2016 operating income triples to SEK5.59bn
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has reported a strong first half of 2016 with operating income more than tripling to SEK5.59bn compared to SEK1.66bn reported in the same period last year. Revenues for the half rose from SEK75.215bn to SEK83.647bn.
The operating profit margin for the first half of this year also tripled to 6.7 per cent from 2.2 per cent for the same period last year.
Sales for the first six months of the year were up 10.5 per cent compared to the same period last year to 256,563 cars. Moreover, this growth was generated from simultaneous increases in all three global sales regions. In Europe, sales rose 10.3 per cent, while the turnaround in the US was confirmed with an increase of 24.8 per cent and sales in China increased 6.3 per cent.
“These numbers demonstrate that the momentum around Volvo Cars’ transformation is building,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.
Sales of the XC90 for the first six months of the year were 43,911, bringing the total sold since launch in 2015 to 84,532, surpassing expectations. This positive trend will continue following the launch of the S90 sedan and the V90 estate, sales of which will accelerate in the second half of 2016.
“This robust first half financial and operational performance combined with a positive product pipeline allows me to state confidently that Volvo Cars expects to report another record full year in 2016 in terms of sales and profitability,” said Mr Samuelsson.
“Volvo Cars is delivering on its commitment to fundamentally transform its business and finances and is firmly on the path to becoming a truly global premium car maker.”