Only last week Volkswagen executives were proudly showing off a new version of the firm's iconic Golf hatchback: (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOLKSWAGEN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO), RALF BRANDSTAETTER, SAYING: "Never the Golf looked so sporty, so cool." Now the German giant admits selling enough of them and its other cars could prove a challenge.
VW on Wednesday (October 30) cut its sales outlook for the year.
It now says they'll be the same as 2018, contrary to earlier forecasts of a rise.
Even so, operating profits for the group are on the up.
They jumped 37% in the third quarter to just over 4.8 billion euros - about 5.3 billion dollars.
The firm was helped by strong demand for higher-margin SUVs.
Group brands Porsche and Skoda also saw a big rise in sales.
But the broader outlook remains tough.
VW says global vehicle demand will contract faster than expected in many markets.
Its more gloomy outlook follows a similar warning from Ford earlier in the week.
The U.S. firm cut its operating profit forecast, citing slower demand in China as among the headwinds.