Deliveries grew by 4.0 per cent in July, with the brand handing over 491,600 (July 2013: 472,800) vehicles to customers in that month. “We are pleased with the way the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has started the second half of the year. The Asia-Pacific region tops the delivery table, followed by Western Europe. But we are still facing challenging market developments in some sales regions,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 1.00 (0.98; +2.9 per cent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to July, of which 517,200 (492,400; +5.0 per cent) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). The home market of Germany also saw deliveries rise, with 340,700 (328,400; +3.7 per cent) customers taking possession of a new Volkswagen in the period to July. In contrast, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded a slight decrease in deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe, where 146,300 (154,900; -5.6 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers. The company delivered 76,400 (90,600; -15.7 per cent) units in Russia.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 333,400 (362,300; -8.0 per cent) vehicles in the North America region, of which 209,700 (242,600; -13.6 per cent) new models were handed over to their owners in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries for the period to July fell by 20.1 per cent to 372,300 (465,700) units, of which 301,800 (355,200; -15.0 per cent) were handed over in Brazil.
The brand reported a substantial 16.2 per cent increase in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region from January to July, handing over 1.72 (1.48) million vehicles to customers there, of which 1.60 (1.36; +17.9 per cent) million units were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong), the largest single market.