14 - June - 2013
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.41 (January – May 2012: 2.29; +5.3 per cent) million vehicles 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,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg this week. 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, the region’s largest single market. In India, on the other hand, deliveries dropped to 26,600 (31,100; -14.6 per cent) units.