Volvo Cars says it set a new sales record globally in 2018, breaking the 600 000-unit barrier for the first time in its history.

The Swedish firm’s sales increased some 12,4 percent to 642 253 vehicles in 2018, up from the 571 577 units sold in 2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year of record global sales for Volvo Cars.

In 2018, the XC60 was Volvo’s best-selling model, with sales reaching 189 459 units. The XC90 was next with total sales of 94 182 units, while the V40/V40 Cross Country combined placed third with 77 587 units. The XC40 ended on 75 828 units, while the S90 generated volumes of 57 142 units.

Over the year, sales in the United States grew by 20,6 percent to 98 263 vehicles, while China accounted for 130 593 units (up 14,1 percent). Europe also reported a strong performance, with sales up 6,4 percent to 317 838 cars over the 12 months.

And in South Africa? Well, a spot of maths suggests Volvo Cars SA managed to register a total of 2 424 units in the first eleven months of 2018 (we're still waiting for Naamsa to release figures for December), with a peak of 325 units in September.