Volkswagen India has handed over 9,800 vehicles for January and February 2013 as compared to 12,000 vehicles in the first two months of 2012. This equates to 18% sales decline for the first two months of the year. In January 2013, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 4,600 vehicles here as compared to 5,800 in the same month in 2012. This sales volume reduction equated to 19.9% sales decline for January 2012. When compared to 5200 vehicles sold in February 2013, VW India sold 6200 vehicles in February 2012. This equates to 16.13% sales decline in February 2013.
Globally, Volkswagen Passenger Cars recorded deliveries to the tune of 893,400 during period to February 2013. This was up 9.1% as compared to 818,800 deliveries made in the January February 2012 period. Taking the month of February alone, the company delivered 401,400 units as against 399,700 units in February 2012. These results were noteworthy in an otherwise subdued market. In the coming months as well, macro economic uncertainties will continue and will prove to be touch for the Volkswagen Group as it will be for other auto manufacturers the world over.
Sales across European markets continued to remain low key with Volkswagen Passenger cars delivering 231,600 units in the region during February 2013. This was a drop of 8.0% as compared to 251,800 units delivered in February 2012. Central Europe too did not present a rosy picture with deliveries dropping as much as 11.6% in the region to 115,800 as compared to 131,800 sold in the same period in previous year.
Sales across Germany too saw a 9.4% dip in sales during the first two months of the current year while in Central and Eastern Europe deliveries increased by 8.4% to 38,800 units as against 35,800 units in the same period of 2012. Sales across the Asia Pacific too were strong with a 27.7% increase in deliveries during the January-February 2013 period. Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand had this to say, “The Volkswagen brand was not entirely immune to the tough competition and continued uncertainty in key European markets in February.” “However, we compensated for weak markets in Western Europe with growth in the Asia-Pacific region and in Central and Eastern Europe.”