VW’s trucks arm Traton posts higher sales even as markets normalise

By Thomson Reuters Apr 26, 2024 | 1:02 AM

(Reuters) – Volkswagen’s trucks arm Traton reported a 5% jump in first-quarter sales revenue on Friday, citing a favourable product and market mix and improved unit price realisation.

The German truckmaker’s sales revenue grew to 11.8 billion euros ($12.65 billion) in the January-March quarter, beating analysts’ estimate of 11.2 billion euros in a poll by Vara Research.

The Bavarian-based company’s results contrast those of peers such as Volvo and Daimler Truck, as demand returns to more normal levels in many markets following a strong 2023.

European truck makers are facing a tougher 2024 with a downturn in Europe and North America, after pent-up post-pandemic demand drove sales to historic highs last year. A decline in deliveries is widely expected this year before a projected return to growth in 2025.

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(Reporting by Eva Orsolya Papp and Tristan Veyet in Gdansk; Editing by Milla Nissi)