Western Europe turns in an on-par performance in May, with overall sales down a mere 0.2% to 1,427,723 units, while year-to-date volumes follow in lockstep at 7,342,750 vehicles, a 0.7% decline compared with like-2004. Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand posts a 16.9% increase to end the month at 55,457 units. The marque continues to see strong demand for its new A4 and A3 models, with year-to-date deliveries running 12.3% ahead of like-2004 at 267,708 units. (See related data: Ward's ...

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