UPDATE 1-VW group sales rise at highest rate in 14 months

viernes 11 de abril de 2014 05:05 GYT

* VW March group sales up 7.6 pct, highest since Jan 2013

* Q1 group sales up 5.8 pct at record 2.4 mln cars

* Europe, China growth outweighs U.S., Brazil declines (Adds sales detail, VW quote and background)

BERLIN, April 11 (Reuters) - Volkswagen posted on Friday the strongest monthly gain in group vehicle sales in March in more than a year, benefiting from recovering demand in core European markets that helped outweigh falling sales in the United States and Brazil.

VW group deliveries, excluding the Scania and MAN heavy-truck nameplates, rose 7.6 percent last month to 929,500 vehicles, the strongest growth rate since January 2013.

First-quarter sales were up 5.8 percent at a record 2.4 million cars.

"There are signs of a return to modest growth on the markets in Western Europe," VW sales chief Christian Klingler said. The region accounts for about a third of the group's global sales.

European car sales were up for a sixth straight month in February as a gradual economic recovery in Portugal, Spain and Italy boosted demand for mass-market brands.

Industrywide EU car sales figures for March are due to be published on April 17.   Continuación...