The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has delivered 3.56m vehicles (January-July 2013: 3.43m; +3.8%) in the first seven months of the year. Deliveries grew by 4% in July, with the brand handing over 491,600 units (July 2013: 472,800 units) 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.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 1m vehicles (980,000; +2.9%) on the overall European market from January to July, of which 517,200 vehicles (492,400; +5%) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). The home market of Germany also saw deliveries rise, with 340,700 customers (328,400; +3.7%) 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 vehicles (154,900; -5.6%) were handed over to customers. The company delivered 76,400 units (90,600; -15.7%) in Russia.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 333,400 vehicles (362,300; -8.0%) in the North America region, of which 209,700 new models (242,600; -13.6%) were handed over to their owners in the US. In the South America region, deliveries for the period to July fell by 20.1% to 372,300 units (465,700), of which 301,800 (355,200; -15%) were handed over in Brazil.
The brand reported a substantial 16.2% increase in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region from January to July, handing over 1.72m vehicles (1.48m) to customers there, of which 1.60m units (1.36m; +17.9%) were delivered in China (including Hong Kong), the largest single market.