The Volkswagen Group significantly increases its profitability in the first half of 2010 and continues its growth path in all key international automotive markets. Deliveries rise by around 16% to 3.6 (3.1) million vehicles, lifting the Group's global market share to 11.7%. Operating profit rises to €2.8 billion (£1.2 billion) on the back of a 20.7% increase in sales revenue to €61.8 billion (£51.2 billion). Europe's largest automotive manufacturer more than tripled its profit before tax, which amounted to €2.6 billion (£0.8 billion) after the first six months. The Group generates a profit after tax of €1.8 billion (£0.5 billion). The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand sells 1.9 million vehicles in the reporting period (1.7 million), a year-on-year increase of 17.5%. Operating profit improved substantially to €1.0 billion (£0.2 billion). The Polo, New Beetle, Tiguan and Touareg models, the Golf derivatives, and the Jetta and Passat versions available in China experienced particularly strong demand.