Wolfsburg, July 9, 2013: The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.91 (January-June 2012: 2.79; +4.4 per cent) million vehicles worldwide in the first half of the year. The brand handed over 501,000 (June 2012: 498,600; +0.5 per cent) vehicles to customers in the month of June. “Developments at Volkswagen Passenger Cars in the first six months were stable thanks to the brand’s convincing model range. The new Golf in particular has met with an excellent response from our customers. So far, we have already delivered well over 250,000 new Golfs to customers worldwide. And the new Golf Variant will generate further momentum,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. He added: “At the same time, though, the challenges on difficult global markets, especially the considerable uncertainties in Europe, will undoubtedly continue to have a significant impact in the second half of the year.”
The tense situation on European markets was already obvious during the first six months. As a result, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 843,600 (908,000; -7.1 per cent) vehicles on the overall European market during the first half year, of which 427,800 (464,300; -7.9 per cent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries on the home market of Germany were also down, with customers taking possession of 283,400 (309,700; -8.5 per cent) new vehicles. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 132,400 (134,000; -1.2 per cent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to June. The company handed over 77,300 (81,100; -4.7 per cent) units in Russia.
By contrast, the brand grew deliveries by 17.3 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region in the first half year, handing over 1.28 (1.09) million vehicles to customers there. 1.17 (0.98; +19.4 per cent) million units were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period. In India, on the other hand, deliveries dropped to 31,800 (36,400; -12.6 per cent) units.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries by 3.9 per cent to 307,000 (295,300) units in the period to June, of which 206,800 (208,700; -0.9 per cent) models were handed over to customers in the USA. In the South America region, deliveries from January to June decreased by 7.5 per cent to 361,600 (390,900) units, of which 272,100 (293,600; -7.3 per cent) were handed over in Brazil.
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.