The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.41m (January - May 2012: 2.29; +5.3%) vehicles in the first five months of this year.

The brand grew deliveries by 5.5% for the month of May, handing over 503,100 (May 2012: 476,900) vehicles to customers.

"Overall the [brand] is showing stable development despite continuing economic uncertainty, although the trends vary quite significantly. While deliveries in China, for example, continued to rise, unit sales for May in other regions such as western Europe declined", sales chief Christian Klingler said.

VW delivered 688,900 cars (743,000; -7.3%) on the overall European market from January to May, of which 351,400 (378,700; -7.2%) were handed over in western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries in the home market of Germany were also down at 229,300 (255,900; -10.4%) vehicles. In contrast, development in Central and Eastern Europe was stable, with 108,200 (108,400; -0.2%) vehicles sold. The company handed over 62,600 (65,300; -4.2%) vehicles in Russia.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand grew deliveries by 17.6% from January to May, with 1.07m (0.91) customers taking delivery of a new car, of which 980,000 (819,300; +19.6%) units were handed over in China, the region's largest single market. In India, on the other hand, deliveries dropped to 26,600 (31,100; -14.6%) units.

In the North America region, deliveries rose 4.4% to 252,700 (242,100) units, of which 169,800 (170,600; -0.4%) models were handed over in the US. In the South America region, deliveries declined by 2.9% in the period to May, and ran at 303,100 (312,200) units, of which 227,100 (229,900; -2.1%) vehicles were handed over in Brazil.