Volkswagen Group passenger vehicles sales for January to May 2012

Volkswagen has reported excellent sales in the passenger car segment for May this year. The brand reported increased sales from January to May with a 9.4 percent gain as compared with the same period last year for passenger cars. Volkswagen seems to have made all the right changes in Asia Pacific region.

Sales for January to May of 2012 marked a 14.8 percent increase as compared with the same months for 2011 in the Asia Pacific region. Of 909,100 deliveries to customers close to around 819,300 were offered to customers in China. In Western Europe it was a different story.

Although difficult times prevail in Auto markets for car manufacturers in Europe, Volkswagen made deliveries in excess 742,900 for January to May 2012 as compared with 722,900 units sold in 2011 for the same months, recording a 2.8% increase. Home market Germany recorded a 2.9 percent increase this year for the first five months as compared with the same last year.

News release: Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivers 2.29 million vehicles in period to May / +9.4 percent

Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand increased by 9.4 percent in the period from January to May to 2.29 (January-May 2011: 2.09) million units. The brand handed over 476,900 (May 2011: 436,500; +9.3 percent) vehicles to customers in the month of May. “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand achieved a very respectable performance on markets worldwide in May. However, the situation on markets in Western Europe remains tense”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand grew deliveries in particular outside Europe. In the Asia-Pacific region the brand reported an increase of 14.8 percent in deliveries for the period to May, handing over 909,100 (792,100) vehicles to customers, of which 819,300 (714,200; +14.7 percent) units were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market. The brand also developed very well on the American continent. Deliveries by Volkswagen Passenger Cars in the North America region for the period January to May grew 24.4 percent to 242,100 (194,600) vehicles, of which 170,600 (125,700; +35.7 percent) units were handed over to customers in the USA. In the South America region, the brand delivered 312,200 (311,600; +0.2 percent) vehicles.

The ongoing difficult situation on markets in Western Europe also had an impact on vehicle deliveries, with Volkswagen Passenger Cars handing over 742,900 (722,700; +2.8 percent) units on the overall European market from January to May. In Western Europe (excluding Germany) deliveries for the period to May were 5.8 percent down at 378,600 (402,000) units. On the home market of Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries 2.9 percent to 255,900 (248,800) vehicles. Deliveries in the Central and Eastern Europe region, on the other hand, grew by a substantial 50.8 percent to 108,400 (71,900) units. In Russia, deliveries continued to develop at a high level and totaled 65,300 (34,400; +90.1 percent) units.

Volkswagen Group grows worldwide vehicle deliveries by 8.4 percent* from January to May
3.65 million vehicles handed over in first five months*
Figure for May is 763,800 units / +7.8 percent*

Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Worldwide deliveries have risen further; we are focusing very closely on uncertainties in eurozone.”

The Volkswagen Group handed over 3.65 (January-May 2011: 3.37; +8.4 percent)* million vehicles to customers from January to May this year. Europe’s largest automaker delivered 763,800 (May 2011: 708,800; +7.8 percent)* vehicles worldwide in the month of May. “Our worldwide deliveries have risen further, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Despite this generally positive trend we continue to focus very closely on the growing uncertainties in the eurozone”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said on Thursday.

The Group brands delivered a total of 1.58 (1.56; +1.5 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to May, of which 825,800 (881,900; -6.4 percent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). The Volkswagen Group grew deliveries 4.0 percent in the home market of Germany to 493,900 (475,100) units. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, the company handed over 262,600 (202,300; +29.8 percent) vehicles to customers.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Group deliveries for the period to May rose to 1.23 (1.04; +17.8 percent) million vehicles, of which 1.08 (0.92; +17.5 percent) million units were handed over in China, the region’s largest single market – topping the one million mark for the first time in a five-month period. In India, Group deliveries increased to 51,700 (46,200; +11.9 percent) vehicles.

Developments on the American continent were also positive. Unit sales in the North America region were up 21.9 percent during the first five months to 318,700 (261,500) vehicles, of which 224,100 (172,300; +30.1 percent) were delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group handed over 376,700 (376,800) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.29 (2.09; +9.4 percent) million vehicles worldwide from January to May. The brand developed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 108,400 (71,900; +50.8 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 242,100 (194,600; +24.4 percent) vehicles in the North America region, and 909,100 (792,100; +14.8 percent) in the Asia-Pacific region.

Audi delivered 600,200 (535,300; +12.1 percent) vehicles worldwide in the first five months. The premium brand from Ingolstadt developed particularly well in the Asia-Pacific region, where customers took delivery of 189,000 (138,100; +36.8 percent) models. In the North America region, Audi delivered 64,000 (56,100) vehicle in the same period, an increase of 14.1 percent.

ŠKODA delivered a total of 405,500 (373,400; +8.6 percent) vehicles in the period to May. The Czech automaker performed especially well in Central and Eastern Europe, where 107,600 (91,700; +17.3 percent) units were delivered, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where 120,900 (107,100; +12.9 percent) units were handed over.

Due to the ongoing difficult market situation in Western Europe, SEAT delivered 134,300 (152,500; -11.9 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to May. The Spanish brand reported a positive performance in Germany, where deliveries grew 8.1 percent to 23,500 (21,700) units, in the UK, where the company handed over 16,500 (15,400; +6.7 percent) models, and in Mexico, where customers took delivery of 8,500 (7,200; +18.7 percent) vehicles.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew deliveries 3.5 percent to 220,500 (213,000) units in the period from January to May. The brand performed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 17,400 (13,100; +32.7 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 50,800 (48,200; +5.3 percent) vehicles in the home market of Germany.

*) excluding MAN and Scania