The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand began this year with a rise in vehicle deliveries: The company handed over 515,700 (January 2013: 491,900) vehicles to customers worldwide in January, 4.8 per cent up on the same period in 2013.
“For the first time in its history Volkswagen Passenger Cars has started the year with deliveries in excess of half a million. That confirms the brand’s young and environmentally-friendly model range ticks the right boxes with customers worldwide,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
The sales situation in Europe regained momentum in the first month of the year. While the overall market grew by some three per cent, deliveries by Volkswagen in the first month of the year grew 7.9 per cent to 126,200 (116,900) units. In Western Europe (excluding Germany) 66,100 (60,600) vehicles were handed over, an increase of 9.1 per cent compared with the same month last year, while 41,400 (38,100) vehicles were delivered in Germany, a rise of 8.8 per cent. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, 18,600 (18,200; +1.8 per cent) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen, of which 8,600 (10,000; -13.7 per cent) units were delivered in Russia.
The brand recorded a further 13.7 per cent rise in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in January, handing over 285,300 (251,100) vehicles, of which 267,800 (235,000; +13.9 per cent) were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong). In India, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 3,400 (4,600; -26.6 per cent) units in January.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 39,200 (43,800; -10.6 per cent) vehicles to customers, of which 23,500 (29,000; -19.0 per cent) were delivered in the United States. In the South America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 49,600 (63,000; -21.3 per cent) vehicles, of which 35,900 (46,100; -22.1 per cent) units were delivered in Brazil.