The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handed over 4.72 (January-October 2011: 4.24; +11.2 per cent) million vehicles to customers from January to October. The brand delivered 501,300 (October 2011: 430,900; +16.3 per cent) vehicles in the month of October. “We achieved growth, in some cases quite significant, above all outside Europe in October. The picture in Europe, on the other hand, remains difficult. The markets in Western Europe in particular demand our full attention. Here, the new Golf, Europe’s best-selling car, has got off to an excellent start with over 40,000 advance orders,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said. On the overall European market Volkswagen Passenger Cars maintained the high level of 1.44 (1.44; +0.5 per cent) million vehicles from January to October. The brand generated growth in Central and Eastern Europe in particular, where deliveries rose by 28.8 per cent to 223,100 (173,100) units. In Russia, the region’s largest single market, deliveries increased to 137,200 (91,000; +50.8 per cent) vehicles. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), deliveries fell by 6.0 per cent to 719,100 (764,700) units as a result of the difficult situation on markets in general. In Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 501,300 (498,400; +0.6 per cent) vehicles to customers in the ten-month period.