Wolfsburg, December 18, 2013: Worldwide deliveries by the Volkswagen Group grew 4.7 per cent from January to November. In total, 8.68 (January–November 2012: 8.29)* million vehicles were handed over to customers. The Group delivered 828,600 (November 2012: 794,300; +4.3 per cent)* units in November. “The Volkswagen Group produced a very robust performance despite the continuing economic uncertainty, and November was another good month. Our brands enjoyed particularly strong growth in China. However, the challenges on the other world markets remain unchanged,” Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
The Group brands delivered a total of 3.36 (3.40; -1.3 per cent) million vehicles to customers on the overall European market from January to November. 1.70 (1.71; -0.6 per cent) million customers took possession of a new vehicle in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 1.07 (1.10; -2.6 per cent) million vehicles were delivered in the home market of Germany. The Group handed over 583,800 (590,700; -1.2 per cent) vehicles to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe region in the period to November, of which 276,200 (290,100; -4.8 per cent) units were delivered in Russia.
There were mixed developments on the American continent. Deliveries in the North America region in the period to November were up 6.7 per cent to 807,800 (757,300) units, of which 557,000 (534,000; +4.3 per cent) were handed over to customers in the United States. The Volkswagen Group delivered 832,000 (923,800; -9.9 per cent) vehicles to customers in the South America region over the same period, of which 620,000 (709,000; -12.6 per cent) units were handed over to customers in Brazil.
Delivery figures in the Asia-Pacific region remained very encouraging. 3.29 (2.86; +15.1 per cent) million vehicles were handed over to customers there in the period to November, of which 2.96 (2.53; +16.7 per cent) million were delivered in China (including Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market. In India, 84,800 (104,000; -18.5 per cent) customers took delivery of a new Group vehicle.
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.40 (5.22; +3.4 per cent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to November. The brand developed particularly well in China, handing over 2.26 (1.92; +17.5 per cent) million vehicles to customers there, and in Mexico, where 130,700 (113,500; +15.1 per cent) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen.
Audi delivered 1.44 (1.34) million vehicles worldwide from January to November, an increase of 7.4 per cent. The premium brand from Ingolstadt benefited inter alia from noticeable growth in China, where 443,700 (370,600; +19.7 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers. The brand also grew deliveries in the United States to 141,000 (124,500) units, an increase of 13.3 per cent on the comparable prior-year period.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 147,300 vehicles in the period to November. At 45,100 models, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for the largest share, with a further 43,100 vehicles handed over to customers in the North America region.
The ŠKODA brand delivered 850,700 (873,000; -2.6 per cent) vehicles worldwide from January to November. The company handed over 213,600 (209,300; +2.0 per cent) units to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 217,400 (225,900; -3.8 per cent) vehicles were delivered in China during the same period.
SEAT delivered 324,500 (293,700; +10.5 per cent) vehicles worldwide in the period to November. The company handed over 265,500 (242,400; +9.5 per cent) models to customers on the overall European market. The brand developed particularly well in Germany, where deliveries were up 22.5 per cent to 70,900 (57,900) units.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recorded stable development from January to November, delivering 502,800 (500,900; +0.4 per cent) vehicles. 146,500 (147,200; -0.5 per cent) units were delivered under difficult market conditions in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In contrast, deliveries in the South America region developed well, rising to 147,200 (134,500; +9.5 per cent) units.
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania
Volkswagen UK is one of the country’s largest importers, accounting for almost one in ten of every car sold. The company sells a wide range of vehicles which range from compact city cars through the best-selling and renowned Golf, Polo and Beetle models, to luxury saloons and 4x4s.