GERMANY: Volkswagen Passenger Cars January-May sales up 4.4%
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has delivered 2.55m (January-May 2013: 2.44m; up 4.4%) vehicles in the first five months of the year.
Deliveries grew by 3.9% in May, with the brand handing over 531,100 (May 2013: 511,000) vehicles to customers during that month. "The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has produced a very satisfactory performance so far this year - even though developments in the various sales regions have been mixed. The Asia-Pacific region remains the growth driver, followed by Western Europe", Christian Klingler, board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 712,700 (688,800; up 3.5%) vehicles on the overall European market from January to May, of which 372,300 (351,400; up 6%) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). There was also an increase in deliveries in the home market of Germany, where customers took possession of 234,400 (229,300; up 2.2%) new vehicles in the period to May. In contrast, there was a slight decrease in deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe, where Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 106,000 (108,200; down 2%) units. In Russia, the company delivered 56,500 (62,600; down 9.7%) vehicles to customers.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 235,400 (254,800; down 7.6%) vehicles in the North America region, of which 150,300 (169,800; down 11.5%) models were handed over to customers in the US. In the South America region, deliveries for the period to May fell by 20.3% to 267,600 (335,700), of which 215,700 (255,200; down 15.5%) units were handed over in Brazil.
The brand reported a substantial increase of 17% in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region for the period to May, handing over 1.25m (1.07m) vehicles to customers there, of which 1.16m (980,000; up 18.6%) units were delivered in China (including Hong Kong), the region's largest single market, marking the first time that deliveries for this period topped the 1m mark.