US sales have slipped 2.6% so far in 2014

US sales have slipped 2.6% so far in 2014

The Volkswagen Group delivered a record 9.08m vehicles in January to November 2014.

November sales rose 0.7% to 834,800.

"Deliveries remain on track during the last few weeks of the year. The 10m mark is within reach in spite of all the uncertainties in the global automotive sector," sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement.

Europe sales rose 5.7% to 3.55m. US sales slipped 2.6% to 542,600 in the 11 months and 19.7% to 667,900 in South America. Brazil sales fell 15.8% to 522,000.

Chinese sales rose 12.9% to 2.96m.

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The Volkswagen Group delivered over 9m vehicles from January to November for the first time ever in 2014. 9.08m (January- November 2013: 8.68m; +4.6%) vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide. The company delivered 834,800 (November 2013: 828,900; +0.7%) vehicles in November. "Deliveries by the Volkswagen Group remain on track during the last few weeks of the year. The 10m mark is within reach in spite of all the uncertainties in the global automotive sector," group board member for sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg.

 

Group brands delivered a total of 3.55m (3.36m; +5.7%) vehicles to customers on the overall European market in the period to November, of which 1.83m (1.70m; +7.7%) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 1.12m (1.07m; +5.0%) customers took possession of a new vehicle in the home market of Germany, while the company delivered 590,900 (583,600; +1.3%) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe. 240,700 (276,200; -12.9%) models were handed over to customers in Russia.

 

The group delivered 807,700 (807,800) vehicles in the North America region from January to November, of which 542,600 (557,000; -2.6%) were handed over to customers in the US. The Volkswagen Group delivered 667,900 (831,600; -19.7%) vehicles in the South America region during the same period, of which 522,000 (620,000; -15.8%) were handed over to customers in Brazil.

 

The group continued to record encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 3.67m (3.29m; +11.7%) vehicles were handed over to customers in the period to November, of which 3.34m (2.96m; +12.9%) units were delivered in China, the group's largest single market.

 

Outline of developments at group brands

 

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.59m (5.48m; +2%) vehicles to customers worldwide from January to November. The brand continued to develop well in the Asia-Pacific region, handing over 2.72m (2.46m; +10.6%) units there. The brand grew deliveries on the overall European market to 1.54m (1.51m; +2.4%) units.

 

Audi delivered 1.59m (1.44m; +10.1%) vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to November. The premium brand developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, handing over 608,100 (522,400; +16.4%) models to customers there. Audi delivered 196,800 (170,500) vehicles in the North America region during the same period, an increase of 15.5%.

 

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 169,200 (147,300; +14.9%) vehicles from January to November. Demand for models from the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly high in the Asia-Pacific region, where 54,400 (45,100; +20.5%) vehicles were delivered, and on the overall European market, where 54,500 (46,000; +18.3%) models were handed over to customers.

 

Škoda delivered 955,300 (850,700; +12.3%) vehicles to customers in the eleven-month period. The Czech automaker handed over 634,900 (566,600) vehicles to customers on the overall European market, an increase of 12.1%. Škoda also grew deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region, where 271,100 (244,000; +11.1%) vehicles were handed over to customers.

 

SEAT delivered 359,400 (324,500; +10.7%) vehicles worldwide in the period to November. Deliveries on the overall European market increased to 302,300 (265,500; +13.9%) units. SEAT also grew deliveries in Germany, where the company handed over 78,500 (70,900; +10.8%) models to customers, and in Central and Eastern Europe, where 22,700 (15,400; +47.1%) units were delivered.

 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles handed over 401,400 (419,300;-4.3%) vehicles to customers from January to November, of which 297,700 (284,500; +4.6%) units were delivered on the overall European market. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also recorded growth in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company handed over 20,300 (18,800; +7.7%) vehicles to customers.

Original source: VW

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