The month of October proved to be noteworthy for Volkswagen Group in the face of an otherwise tumultuous situation all across auto markets the world over and specially across Western Europe. The company sold 788,700 units during the month of October 2012 resulting in a 14.6% increase over 688,000 units delivered in October 2011. Taking the period January to October 2012 into account, Volkswagen Group delivered 7.50 million vehicles with a 10.2% increase over the same period in the previous year when the company delivered 6.80 million.
Enhanced performance was experienced in countries of North America, China and Russia where demand escalated. Markets of South America and Brazil have also proved to be positive during the January to October 2012 period with the Volkswagen Group handing over 842,200 units to South America out of which 644,000 were delivered to Brazilian markets.
Sales across Asia Pacific too were strong with 2.56 million vehicle delivered in the 10 month period out of which 2.26 were delivered to Chinese markets while Indian deliveries reached 94,900 units, up 3.6% over the same period in the previous year. Volkswagen Passenger and Commercial Cars, Audi, SEAT and Skoda all saw enhanced performance on similar lines during the period January to October 2012 following increased demand from customers all across the globe.
10.2 percent increase to 7.50 million vehicles* in January to October period
14.6 percent rise in month of October to 788,700 vehicles*
Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Volkswagen Group developed very well in October. Market uncertainty continues, particularly in Western Europe.”
The Volkswagen Group achieved a 10.2 percent increase in worldwide deliveries from January to October 2012, handing over 7.50 (January-October 2011: 6.80)* million vehicles to customers and thus delivering well over seven million units for the first time in this period. The Group recorded a 14.6 percent rise for the month of October, delivering 788,700 (October 2011: 688,000)* units. “The Volkswagen Group developed very well in October. We again put in a strong performance in North America, China and also Russia. However, market uncertainty continues, particularly in Western Europe”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
Deliveries on the American continent continued to develop well with the number of vehicles handed over in the North America region from January to October growing 25.4 percent to 681,200 (543,000) units, of which 481,100 (360,400; +33.5 percent) were delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group handed over 842,200 (777,200; +8.4 percent) vehicles in South America during the same period, of which 644,000 (586,900; +9.7 percent) were delivered to Brazilian customers.
The Group also recorded very satisfactory figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 2.56 (2.15; +19.0 percent) million vehicles were delivered to customers in the period to October, of which 2.26 (1.89; +19.6 percent) million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. In India, deliveries grew 3.6 percent to 94,900 (91,700) vehicles.
Group brands delivered 3.10 (3.07; +0.9 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to October. As a result of the continued difficult market situation, Europe’s largest automaker handed over 1.57 (1.67; -5.8 percent) vehicles to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In the home market of Germany, the company grew deliveries to 994,500 (960,800; +3.5 percent). The Volkswagen Group continued to achieve growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where 534,600 (441,500; +21.1 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, of which 262,200 (178,700; +46.7 percent) were delivered in Russia, the region’s largest single market.
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 4.72 (4.24; +11.2 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to October. The brand developed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 223,100 (173,100; +28.9 percent) units were delivered. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 508,500 (404,900; +25.6 percent) vehicles to customers in the North America region, while the figure was 1.89 (1.61; +17.4 percent) million for the Asia-Pacific region.
Audi delivered 1.22 (1.08; +12.9 percent) million vehicles worldwide from January to October. The premium brand from Ingolstadt again performed well in North America, where customers took possession of 136,600 (116,100; +17.6 percent) new vehicles. In the Asia-Pacific region, Audi delivered 393,500 (305,100) vehicles during the same period, an increase of 29.0 percent.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 34,500 vehicles from August to October. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 10,200 units were handed over, and in the North America region, where deliveries also ran at 10,000.
The ŠKODA brand delivered a total of 795,100 (741,800; +7.2 percent) vehicles from January to October. The Czech automaker performed particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe, where 214,900 (188,000; +14.3 percent) units were handed over, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where 240,900 (218,600; +10.2 percent) vehicles were delivered.
SEAT delivered 265,200 (294,000; -9.8 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to October, mainly as a result of the difficult market situation in Western Europe. The Spanish brand did, however, grow deliveries in Germany to 51,200 (44,900, +13.8 percent) units, in the UK, where 33,700 (31,100; +8.4 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, and in Mexico, where 17,000 (14,200; +20.0 percent) vehicles were delivered.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew deliveries 5.0 percent to 455,400 (433,700) units in the ten-month period. 103,600 (100,600; +3.0 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers in the home market of Germany. Deliveries to the rest of Europe also developed well. As a result, vehicle deliveries on the overall European market rose to 271,900 (263,500; +3.2 percent) units.
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania