Volkswagen Group January sales rose 6.5% year on year to 798,100.

European sales rose 8.5% to 273,700 with western Europe volume up 6.3% to 146,700 (excluding Germany) while home market sales were up 11.6% to 82,400. Russian sales dipped 7.2% to 16,100.

North American volume was down 7.7% to 57,800 with the US off 13.4% to 36,900. South American sales were down 19.5% to 62,200 with Brazil down 21.4% to 55,400.

Asia-Pacific region sales rose 14.8% to 374,400 with China up 15.5% to 344,400 though deliveries in India declined 27.4% to 5,700.

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DELIVERIES UP 6.5 PER CENT AT START OF YEAR TO 798,100 VEHICLES

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Group Board Member for Sales, Klingler: “Good start to a challenging year”

Wolfsburg, February 14, 2014 – The Volkswagen Group began the new year with a sizable 6.5 per cent* rise in deliveries, handing over 798,100 (January 2013: 749,500)* vehicles to customers in the first month of the current year. “The Volkswagen Group has made a good start to the new year. Even though last January’s delivery figures reflected the special effect brought about by the Chinese New Year, we still grew deliveries further in the first month of this year. And we are seeing the first increases in Europe, above all in Western Europe, where the downturn appears to have bottomed out,” Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and added: “This is a good start to what will be a challenging year.”

Positive momentum continued on the overall European market, where Group brands grew deliveries by 8.5 per cent to 273,700 (252,200) vehicles in the first month of the year, of which 146,700 (138,100; +6.3 per cent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). There was a sizable increase for the Group in the home market of Germany, where 82,400 (73,900; +11.6 per cent) customers chose a new vehicle from the Group. The company delivered 44,500 (40,200; +10.7 per cent) vehicles in the Central and Eastern Europe region during the same period, of which 16,100 (17,400; -7.2 per cent) were handed over in Russia.

The Volkswagen Group delivered 57,800 (62,600; -7.7 per cent) vehicles in the North America region in January, of which 36,900 (42,700; -13.4 per cent) were handed over in the United States. In the South America region, Volkswagen Group deliveries during the same period were down 19.5 per cent to 62,200 (77,300) vehicles, of which 43,600 (55,400; -21.4 per cent) were handed over to customers in Brazil.

The Group continued to record very encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 374,400 (326,200; +14.8 per cent) vehicles were delivered in the first month of this year, of which 344,400 (298,300; +15.5 per cent) were handed over to customers in China (incl. Hong Kong), the Group’s largest single market – this is the first time January deliveries on this market have exceeded the 300,000 mark. In contrast, deliveries in India declined to 5,700 (7,800; -27.4 per cent) vehicles.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded a sizable increase in worldwide deliveries in January, handing over 515,700 (491,900; +4.8 per cent) vehicles to customers. The brand developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 285,300 (251,100; +13.7 per cent) vehicles were delivered. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 126,200 (116,900) vehicles to customers on the overall European market, an increase of 7.9 per cent.

Audi delivered 124,900 (111,800) vehicles worldwide in January, a rise of 11.7 per cent. The premium brand from Ingolstadt benefited among other things from growth in China (incl. Hong Kong), where 44,500 (37,700; +18.2 per cent) vehicles were delivered, and in the home market of Germany, where 17,400 (14,600; +19.3 per cent) customers took possession of a new vehicle.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 12,200 (12,100; +1.4 per cent) vehicles in the first month of the year. Demand for vehicles built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly high in China (incl. Hong Kong), where 4,000 (3,100) units were delivered, an increase of 29.2 per cent.

The Czech automaker ŠKODA delivered 80,900 (69,500) units in January, a sizable rise of 16.5 per cent. The company handed over 20,600 (17,600; +16.8 per cent) vehicles to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany) and 18,100 (15,100; +19.8 per cent) units in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

The Spanish brand SEAT continued its stable development in January and delivered 26,000 (25,900; +0.5 per cent) vehicles worldwide. The brand recorded further growth in Germany, where 5,300 (4,600; +14.2 per cent) vehicles were delivered, and in the UK, where 3,400 (2,900; +15.7 per cent) units were handed over.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 37,500 (37,500; +0.1 per cent) light commercial vehicles in January. The brand grew deliveries in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 2,700 (2,400; +14.0 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers. Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region totalled 1,700 (1,400; +21.6 per cent) units.

*) excluding MAN and Scania

Original source: VW