June 11, 2013

Volkswagen Passenger Cars globally delivers 2.41-million vehicles in period to May; 5.3 per cent increase

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.41-million vehicles (January-May 2012: 2.29; +5.3 per cent) in the first five months of this year. The brand grew deliveries by 5.5 per cent for the month of May, handing over 503,100 (May 2012: 476,900) vehicles
to customers.

"Overall the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is showing stable development despite continuing economic uncertainty, although the trends vary quite significantly. While deliveries in China, for example, continued to rise, unit sales for May in other regions such as Western Europe declined," said Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 688,900 (743,000; -7.3 per cent) on the overall European market from January to May, of which 351,400 (378,700; -7.2 per cent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries in the home market of Germany were also down at 229,300 (255,900; -10.4 per cent) vehicles. In contrast, development in Central and Eastern Europe was stable, with Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivering 108,200 (108,400; -0.2 per cent) vehicles in the region. The company handed over 62,600 (65,300; -4.2 per cent) vehicles to customers in Russia.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand grew deliveries by 17.6 per cent from January to May, with 1.07- (0.91) million customers taking delivery of a new car, of which 980,000 (819,300; +19.6 per cent) units were handed over in China. In India, on the other hand, deliveries dropped to 26,600 (31,100; -14.6 per cent) units.

In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars increased deliveries by 4.4 per cent to 252,700 (242,100) units, of which 169,800 (170,600; -0.4 per cent) models were handed over to new owners in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries declined by 2.9 per cent in the period to May, and ran at 303,100 (312,200) units, of which 227,100 (229,900; -2.1 per cent) vehicles were handed over in Brazil.


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