The Volkswagen Group delivered 4.11m vehicles (January-May 2013: 3.87m; up 6.3%) from January to May. The company handed over 864,600 units (May 2013: 816,300; up 5.9%) to customers in May.

"The Volkswagen Group brands delivered over 4m vehicles for the first time in the period to May. That is an encouraging development, particularly in view of the mixed performance on world markets", group board member for sales Christian Klingler said. "Even though our Group and its brands are in an excellent position to respond to the different trends in the world regions, market demands still remain challenging,".

Group brands delivered a total of 1.64m vehicles (1.53m; up 7.6%) on the overall European market from January to May, of which 866,200 (799,000; up 8.4%) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In the home market of Germany, 502,200 customers (473,100; up 6.1%) chose a new car from the Volkswagen Group. Europe's largest automaker delivered 274,000 vehicles (254,000; up 7.9%) in Central and Eastern Europe. A total of 113,800 units (120,900; down 5.8%) were handed over to customers in Russia during the same period.

The group delivered 350,400 vehicles (360,000; down 2.7%) in the North America region from January to May, of which 237,900 (249,300; down 4.6%) were handed over in the US. In the South America region, the Volkswagen Group delivered 296,000 vehicles (375,200; down 21.1%) to customers during the same period, of which 229,500 (276,300; down 16.9%) were handed over in Brazil.

The group continued to record very encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 1.66m vehicles (1.43m; up 16%) were delivered to customers in the period to May, of which 1.51m units (1.28m; up 17.7%) were handed over in China, the group's largest single market.

Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.55m vehicles (2.44m; up 4.4%) to customers worldwide from January to May. The brand developed particularly well in the Asia-Pacific region, handing over 1.25m vehicles (1.07m; up 17%) there. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 712,700 vehicles (688,800; up 3.5%) to customers on the overall European market, with the brand recording a 5.9% rise in deliveries in Western Europe, where 372,200 units (351,400) were handed over.

Audi delivered 713,900 vehicles (640,200; up 11.5%) worldwide in the period to May. Deliveries by the premium brand from Ingolstadt continued to develop well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 258,700 models (218,500; up 18.4%) were handed over to customers. Audi delivered 81,700 vehicles (73,600) in the North America region during the same period, an increase of 10.9%.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 71,500 vehicles (67,300; up 6.3%) in the first five months. Demand was particularly high in the Asia-Pacific region, where 22,100 vehicles (20,000; up 10.7%) were delivered, and in Western Europe (excluding Germany), where 10,900 models (9,300; up 16.5%) were handed over to customers.

Škoda delivered a total of 428,000 vehicles (377,200; up 13.5%) from January to May. The Czech automaker performed particularly well on European markets, delivering 117,300 vehicles (96,600; up 21.4%) in Western Europe (excluding Germany) and 112,900 units (96,700; up 16.8%) in Central and Eastern Europe. In Germany, the brand grew deliveries by 14.1% to 61,600 vehicles (53,900).

SEAT delivered 162,500 vehicles (149,100; up 8.9%) worldwide in the period to May, thus continuing its upward trend. The Spanish brand enjoyed particularly strong growth in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where deliveries rose by 81.1% to 10,400 vehicles (5,700), and in Western Europe (excluding Germany), where the company handed over 94,100 units (86,200; up 9.1%). In Germany, SEAT delivered over 34,500 models (30,700; up 12.3%).

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 178,300 vehicles (184,400; down 3.3%) to customers from January to May, of which 72,300 (66,800; up 8.3%) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In Germany, the company delivered 45,200 vehicles (43,800; up 3.1%) to customers during the same period.