BERLIN — The Volkswagen Group posted its lowest gross sales in additional than a decade in 2022, as COVID-19 lockdowns in China and warfare in Ukraine upended provide chains, and a fourth-quarter restoration could face new challenges this yr.

The group, whose manufacturers vary from mainstream VWs and Skodas to premium Audis and Bentleys, mentioned in a press release on Thursday that demand fell 7% to eight.3 million automobiles final yr. Gross sales of all-electric automobiles, nevertheless, fared higher, rising 26%. The ID4 and ID5 have been the best-selling electrical fashions.

The worldwide gross sales tally signifies that the group will stay in second place worldwide for the third consecutive yr behind the Japanese group Toyota, which in November had already produced greater than 9.5 million automobiles.

VW Group gross sales rose 14% within the fourth quarter, however the outlook for 2023 stays clouded by weak economies and provide chain shortages, mentioned Hildegard Wortmann, a member of the expanded government gross sales committee.

Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley fared higher in 2022 than the VW model and Skoda, with deliveries down round 4% for premium manufacturers and 9% for mainstream automobiles.

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