The brand also grew deliveries for the month of February, when customers took possession of 407,600 (February 2013: 401,400; +1.5 per cent) new vehicles. “Even though the situation in some markets was at times difficult, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand continued to develop well in the first two months of the year,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said. “There was high demand in particular for the up!, Golf and Golf Estate as well as the Touran and Tiguan,” Klingler added.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 245,200 (231,600; +5.9 per cent) vehicles on the overall European market in the period to February. Deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany) rose 7.8 per cent to 124,800 (115,700) units. In Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries in the first two months to 80,600 (77,000; +4.6 per cent) vehicles. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, 39,900 (38,800; +2.7 per cent) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen. In Russia, deliveries fell to 20,000 (22,500; -11.0 per cent) units as a result of the difficult market situation.
The brand recorded a 11.1 per cent rise in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in January and February, handing over 472,700 (425,500) vehicles, of which 437,700 (392,300; +11.6 per cent were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong). Volkswagen handed over 6,500 (9,800; -33.9 per cent) vehicles in India during the first two months.
Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in North America were down 9.3 per cent to 81,900 (90,300) units, of which 50,600 (60,500; -16.3 per cent) were handed over in the United States. The company delivered 92,100 (112,400; -18.1 per cent) vehicles in the South America region in the period to February, of which 70,500 (82,100; -14.2 per cent) were handed over in Brazil.