Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand Delivers 3.84 Million Vehicles In Period To August / +3.1 Per Cent
FRANKFURT – Sept 13, 2013: The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.84 (January-August 2012: 3.72; +3.1 per cent) million vehicles worldwide from January to August. The brand handed over 461,600 (August 2012: 466,300; -1.0 per cent) vehicles to customers in the month of August. “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is not immune to the effects of the ongoing very challenging situation on world markets. However, the tailwind from China, our largest single market, continues,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt on Tuesday, and added: “We are presenting Volkswagen’s answer to electric mobility at the IAA and debuting the e-up! and the e-Golf; with these models, we will be electrifying high-volume production.”
Business on the overall European market remained difficult. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.08 (1.15; -6.7 per cent) million vehicles on this market in the period to August, of which 535,000 (574,500; -6.8 per cent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). August deliveries in the home market of Germany were significantly affected by the bad weather in Wolfsburg which caused hailstorm damage to several thousand vehicles. As a result, deliveries from January to August were down 9.2 per cent to 364,300 (401,200) units. In Central and Eastern Europe, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 176,100 (177,900; -1.0 per cent) vehicles to customers, of which 103,600 (108,900; -4.9 per cent) units were delivered in Russia.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries in the period to August by 3.3 per cent to 417,200 (404,000) units, of which 282,900 (286,800; -1.3 per cent) models were handed over in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries from January to August declined by 14.6 per cent to 484,300 (567,300) units, of which 363,900 (441,300; -17.5 per cent) vehicles were handed over in Brazil.
In contrast, there was noticeable positive momentum for the brand in the Asia-Pacific region in the period to August, with Volkswagen handing over 1.70 (1.46) million vehicles to customers there, an increase of 16.7 per cent. 1.56 (1.32; +18.4 per cent) million vehicles were delivered in China during the same period. In contrast, deliveries in India declined to 41,400 (46,400; -11.0 per cent) units.