Wolfsburg, May 8, 2012: Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in the first four months of the year increased by 9.4 per cent to 1.81 (January – April 2011: 1.66) million vehicles. The brand handed over 456,200 (April 2011: 429,200; +6.3 per cent) vehicles to customers in the month of April.
‘The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made a very good start to the second quarter. However, given the situation on West European markets we remain very vigilant,’ Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars sold 589,800 (567,000) vehicles on the overall European market in the period to April, representing a 4.0 per cent rise. Growth was particularly strong in Central and Eastern Europe, where deliveries increased by a substantial 55.7 per cent to 84,000 (53,900) units. In Russia, the region’s largest single market, unit sales doubled to 50,500 (24,900; +103.0 per cent) vehicles.
In Western Europe (excluding Germany), on the other hand, there was a 5.1 per cent decline to 303,400 (319,800) vehicles due to the difficult situation on the overall market. In contrast, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries by 4.7 per cent in the home market of Germany, handing over 202,400 (193,300) vehicles to customers.
In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand reported a 13.4 per cent increase in deliveries for the period to April, handing over 725,100 (639,200) vehicles to customers, of which 653,300 (578,200; +13.0 per cent) units were delivered in China (including Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars also developed very well on the American continent in the period January to April, delivering 187,900 (149,400) vehicles in the North America region, an increase of 25.7 per cent. Growth was particularly strong in the United States where the brand handed over 131,900 (95,600; +38.0 per cent) vehicles to customers in the period to April. In South America, deliveries rose slightly by 0.6 per cent to 246,300 (244,900) units.