Volkswagen Group has said that it delivered over 9m vehicles for the first time in 2012. 

However, the comapny also warned that it is keeping “a vigilant eye on the future, because the present uncertainties will intensify this year, particularly in Western Europe”. It also said that markets are challenging and competition is getting tougher.

Sales in North America were up by over a quarter last year at 841,500 units (596,100 units  in US; +34%). 

“The United States is one of the Volkswagen Group’s key markets for implementing our Strategy 2018. Volkswagen Group of America will continue to grow and, together with Porsche Cars North America, will deliver well in excess of 600,000 vehicles to customers this year,” said CEO Martin Winterkorn.

Sales were also strong in Asia, where deliveries topped the three million mark for the first time in a twelve-month period, with 3.17m sales, of which 2.81m (+24.5%) units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. In India, deliveries increased by 2.1% to 114,100 units.