Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has sold 195,200 units for a worldwide increase of 5.7% in the first five months of the year.

Overall growth was helped by significant growth in Western Europe (+7.9%) and some 49,700 vehicles sold in Germany (+4.4%).

In the five-month period, the T model range was the top seller: the Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California achieved a world-wide delivery increase of 11.2% at over 81,400 units. With a figure of 40,100 units delivered in the single month of May, brand sales were considerably higher than in the same period last year (+8.7%).

Bram Schot, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles responsible for Sales and Marketing, said: "We are very satisfied with developments in our sales situation in the month of May. This is also due to excellent work undertaken by our dealer network in the past few months. A lot of the feedback from our customers is positive; our product portfolio is well received."

In Germany, 49,700 vehicles (+4.4%) were delivered to customers during the first five months of the year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also increased sales in the European volume markets of Spain (+27.4% to 5,600 vehicles), Italy (+26.3% to 4,500 vehicles) and France (+20.1% to 8,000 vehicles).

In Eastern Europe the brand reported a rise of 8.2% with 13,900 deliveries.

Outside Europe the following regions reported increases: North America (+19.6% to 3,000 vehicles), South America (+4.0% to 15,500 vehicles) and the Middle East (+1.8% to 14,000 vehicles).

VW said that sales were down in Brazil (-17.9% to 4,300 vehicles) and the African region (-14.6% to 6,100 vehicles).

World-wide brand deliveries broken down by model ranges:

  • 81,400 vehicles from the T model range (73,200; +11.2%);
  • 64,300 vehicles from the Caddy range (61,800; +4.0%);
  • 30,300 vehicles from the Amarok range (30,100; +0.9%);
  • 19,100 vehicles from the Crafter range (19,400; -1.8%)