Wolfsburg, July 9, 2014: The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered over three million vehicles in the first half year for the first time in the company’s history. A total of 3.07 (January-June 2013: 2.95) million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide, representing an increase of 3.8 per cent. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 514,900 (June 2013: 509,200; +1.1 per cent) models in the month of June. “Developments at Volkswagen Passenger Cars in the first half year were stable thanks to the brand’s convincing model range. The Golf in particular continues to be a bestseller – not only as a classic Golf, but also in the Variant or Sportsvan versions,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Klingler continued: “The situation on global markets will remain challenging in the second half of the year and will keep us very much on our toes.”
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 864,100 (843,600; +2.4 per cent) vehicles on the overall European market in the first six months, of which 451,300 (427,800; +5.5 per cent) models were handed over to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries in the home market of Germany also increased: 285,700 (283,400; +0.8 per cent) new vehicles were handed over to customers there. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 127,100 (132,400; -4.0 per cent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to June. 67,400 (77,300; -12.8 per cent) units were handed over to customers in Russia.
In contrast, deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in the first half year grew by 16.8 per cent, with the brand handing over 1.50 (1.28) million vehicles to customers. 1.39 (1.17; +18.5 per cent) million units were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 282,600 (309,600; -8.7 per cent) vehicles in the North America region in the period to June, of which 179,100 (206,800; -13.4 per cent) models were handed over in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries from January to June fell by 21.1 per cent to 317,300 (401,900) units, of which 255,700 (307,000; -16.7 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.