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Volkswagen Hands Over 3.25 million vehicles in four months / +6.4 per cent*


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848,500 units delivered in April / +8.2 per cent*

► Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Pleasing start to second quarter. Global market conditions presenting mixed picture.”

Wolfsburg--May 19, 2014: The Volkswagen Group delivered 3.25 (January-April 2013: 3.05; +6.4 per cent)* million vehicles from January to April this year. 848,500 (April 2013: 784,500; +8.2 per cent)* models were handed over to customers in April. “The Volkswagen Group and its brands made a pleasing start to the second quarter,” Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday. “Nevertheless, global market conditions are presenting a mixed picture. While there is a downward trend on the markets in South America or in Russia, we are seeing growth in Europe and above all in the Asia-Pacific region, where we continue to outperform the overall market,” Klingler added.

Group brands delivered 1.30 (1.21; +8.0 per cent) million vehicles on the overall European market in the first four months, of which 691,200 (635,900; +8.7 per cent) units were handed over to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In the home market of Germany, 392,300 (370,200; +6.0 per cent) customers chose a new car from the Volkswagen Group, while the company delivered 218,000 (199,100; +9.5 per cent) vehicles in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Deliveries in Russia fell slightly, with customers there taking possession of 90,800 (94,900; -4.3 per cent) new cars.

The Group delivered 271,800 (279,900; -2.9 per cent) vehicles in the North America region from January to April, of which 184,300 (193,900; -4.9 per cent) were handed over to customers in the United States. In the South America region, the Volkswagen Group delivered 230,300 (292,000; -21.1 per cent) units during the same period, of which 176,400 (213,500; -17.4 per cent) were handed over in Brazil. The Group continued to record very encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 1.31 (1.14; +15.7 per cent) million vehicles were delivered to customers in the period to April, of which 1.19 (1.02; +17.0 per cent) million units were handed over in China, the Group’s largest single market.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.99 (1.91; +4.6 per cent) million vehicles worldwide from January to April. The brand developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 993,400 (855,100; +16.2 per cent) models were handed over to customers, and on the overall European market, where Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 567,800 (545,300; +4.1 per cent) vehicles.

Audi delivered 561,900 (503,000; +11.7 per cent) vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to April. Deliveries by the premium brand from Ingolstadt developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 203,000 (169,500; +19.7 per cent) models were handed over to customers. Audi delivered 61,700 (57,400) vehicles in the North America region during the same period, an increase of 7.5 per cent.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 55,000 (52,200) vehicles to customers from January to April, an increase of 5.2 per cent on the comparable prior-year period. Demand was particularly high in the Asia-Pacific region, where 17,700 (15,700; +12.3 per cent) units were handed over to customers.

ŠKODA delivered 336,800 (298,000) vehicles in the first four months of the year, representing an increase of 13.0 per cent. The Czech automaker performed particularly well on the overall European market, where the brand delivered 230,200 (195,500) vehicles to customers, an increase of 17.8 per cent on the comparable prior-year period.

SEAT delivered 127,400 (117,100; +8.8 per cent) vehicles worldwide in the period to April, thus continuing its positive development. Growth was especially strong in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 8,000 (4,400; +82.2 per cent) models were handed over to customers. SEAT also performed well in Germany, where the company delivered 26,500 (23,700; +11.7 per cent) units.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 166,000 (170,100; -2.4 per cent) units to customers in the first four months of the year. The brand grew deliveries on the overall European market, where 104,900 (97,800; +7.2 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers, as well as in the Asia-Pacific region, where the brand delivered 7,000 (6,200; +12.3 per cent) units.

*) excluding MAN and Scania