VOLKSWAGEN GROUP GROWS WORLDWIDE VEHICLE DELIVERIES BY 8.4 PER CENT FROM JANUARY TO MAY
- Figure for May is 763,800 units / +7.8 per cent*
- Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Worldwide deliveries have risen further; we are focusing very closely on uncertainties in eurozone.”
Wolfsburg, June 15, 2012: The Volkswagen Group handed over 3.65 (January-May 2011: 3.37; +8.4 per cent)* million vehicles to customers from January to May this year. Europe’s largest automaker delivered 763,800 (May 2011: 708,800; +7.8 per cent)* vehicles worldwide in the month of May. “Our worldwide deliveries have risen further, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Despite this generally positive trend we continue to focus very closely on the growing uncertainties in the Eurozone,” Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said on Thursday.
The Group brands delivered a total of 1.58 (1.56; +1.5 per cent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to May, of which 825,800 (881,900; -6.4 per cent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). The Volkswagen Group grew deliveries 4.0 per cent in the home market of Germany to 493,900 (475,100) units. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, the company handed over 262,600 (202,300; +29.8 per cent) vehicles to customers.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Group deliveries for the period to May rose to 1.23 (1.04; +17.8 per cent) million vehicles, of which 1.08 (0.92; +17.5 per cent) million units were handed over in China, the region’s largest single market – topping the one million mark for the first time in a five-month period. In India, Group deliveries increased to 51,700 (46,200; +11.9 per cent) vehicles.
Developments on the American continent were also positive. Unit sales in the North America region were up 21.9 per cent during the first five months to 318,700 (261,500) vehicles, of which 224,100 (172,300; +30.1 per cent) were delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group handed over 376,700 (376,800) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.29 (2.09; +9.4 per cent) million vehicles worldwide from January to May. The brand developed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 108,400 (71,900; +50.8 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 242,100 (194,600; +24.4 per cent) vehicles in the North America region, and 909,100 (792,100; +14.8 per cent) in the Asia-Pacific region.
Audi delivered 600,200 (535,300; +12.1 per cent) vehicles worldwide in the first five months. The premium brand from Ingolstadt developed particularly well in the Asia-Pacific region, where customers took delivery of 189,000 (138,100; +36.8 per cent) models. In the North America region, Audi delivered 64,000 (56,100) vehicle in the same period, an increase of 14.1 per cent.
ŠKODA delivered a total of 405,500 (373,400; +8.6 per cent) vehicles in the period to May. The Czech automaker performed especially well in Central and Eastern Europe, where 107,600 (91,700; +17.3 per cent) units were delivered, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where 120,900 (107,100; +12.9 per cent) units were handed over.
Due to the ongoing difficult market situation in Western Europe, SEAT delivered 134,300 (152,500; -11.9 per cent) vehicles worldwide in the period to May. The Spanish brand reported a positive performance in Germany, where deliveries grew 8.1 per cent to 23,500 (21,700) units, in the UK, where the company handed over 16,500 (15,400; +6.7 per cent) models, and in Mexico, where customers took delivery of 8,500 (7,200; +18.7 per cent) vehicles.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew deliveries 3.5 per cent to 220,500 (213,000) units in the period from January to May. The brand performed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 17,400 (13,100; +32.7 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 50,800 (48,200; +5.3 per cent) vehicles in the home market of Germany.
*) excluding MAN and Scania