VW Group global vehicle sales were down 10% in the month of October as it was hit by the impact of WLTP in Europe.

However, VW said the fall in deliveries in Europe, at 15.6% compared with the previous year, was significantly less pronounced than in September. Double-digit growth was recorded in South America, contributing to an increase of 2.6% to 8.98 m vehicles delivered from January to October in a stagnating overall market. Dr Christian Dahlheim, head of Group Sales: “As regards the WLTP changeover, we have already passed the low point in Europe. This positive development should continue in November and December as all our brands continue to make progress with the changeover of models to the new test cycle. For the year as a whole, we expect deliveries to slightly exceed the prior-year figure.”

VW said European sales in October totaled 295,400 vehicles delivered (-15.6%). The fall was sharper in Western Europe with 229,300 vehicles sold, 19.3% fewer than in October 2017. In the home market of Germany, the negative impact was especially pronounced, with a fall of 23.2%.

In contrast, a turnaround was reached in the region of Central and Eastern Europe in October and deliveries, at 66,100 vehicles, again reached the level of October 2017. Once again, Russia was a strong driver, with 21,300 vehicles handed over to customers, 22.4% more than the previous year. The positive performance in this region also contributed to the growth of 2.3% in deliveries in January to October, compared with the previous year, to a total of 3.7m vehicles.

In North America, the Volkswagen Group delivered 79,700 vehicles to customers in October, representing a fall of 2.4% compared with the previous year. Here, Canada recorded growth of 4.8%, compensating for the lower figures in the US (-3.6%) and Mexico (-3.1%). In January to October, deliveries in North America reached a total of 793,000 vehicles, slightly below the prior-year level (-0.9%).

In South America, the VW Group recorded a significant rise in October compared with the previous year. Some 54,500 vehicles were sold, an increase of 19.8%. In October, Brazil remained a growth driver, with 41,800 vehicles sold, a rise of 56.7%. This more than compensated for the continuing weakness of the Argentinian market, where deliveries, at 7,000 vehicles, fell by 48.7% in What VW described as ‘difficult market conditions’.

Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in October declined by 7.6% to 391,600 vehicles. The tense economic situation in China, the largest market in the region, as a result of the tariff dispute with the US continues to have a negative impact on performance in the region, VW said. The reluctance of Chinese customers to purchase vehicles continues. In China, 365,100 vehicles were sold, a fall of 8.3% compared with the previous year. Since the beginning of the year, the Volkswagen Group has handed over 3.4m vehicles to customers in China, an increase of 3.4% compared with the prior-year period.

Deliveries to customers by markets:

  • Europe: October 2018 – 295,400 units; October 2017 – 350,000 units; change – (-)15.6%; YTD 2018 – 3,707,400 units; YTD 2017 – 3,625,800 units; change – 2.3%
  • Western Europe: October 2018 – 229,300 units; October 2017 – 284,000 units; change – (-)19.3%; YTD 2018 – 3,047,900 units; YTD 2017 – 3,017,400 units; change – 1.0%
  • Germany: October 2018 – 79,400 units; October 2017 – 103,400 units; change – (-)23.2%; YTD 2018 – 1,086,700 units; YTD 2017 – 1,076,800 units; change – 0.9%
  • Central and Eastern Europe: October 2018 – 66,100 units; October 2017 – 66,000 units; change – 0.2%; YTD 2018 – 659,500 units; YTD 2017 – 608,400 units; change – 8.4%
  • Russia: October 2018 – 21,300 units; October 2017 – 17,400 units; change – 22.4%; YTD 2018 – 182,400 units; YTD 2017 – 152,100 units; change – 20.0%
  • North America: October 2018 – 79,700 units; October 2017 – 81,700 units; change – (-)2.4%; YTD 2018 – 793,000 units; YTD 2017 – 800,400 units; change – (-)0.9%
  • US: October 2018 – 50,300 units; October 2017 – 52,200 units; change – (-)3.6%; YTD 2018 – 528,900 units; YTD 2017 – 509,200 units; change – 3.9%
  • South America: October 2018 – 54,500 units; October 2017 – 45,500 units; change – 19.8%; YTD 2018 – 490,900 units; YTD 2017 – 435,200 units; change – 12.8%
  • Brazil: October 2018 – 41,800 units; October 2017 – 26,700 units; change – 56.7%; YTD 2018 – 326,400 units; YTD 2017 – 252,100 units; change – 29.5%
  • Asia-Pacific: October 2018 – 391,600 units; October 2017 – 424,000 units; change – (-)7.6%; YTD 2018 – 3,688,200 units; YTD 2017 – 3,558,800 units; change – 3.6%
  • China (ind.HK): October 2018 – 365,100 units; October 2017 – 398,100 units; change – (-)8.3%; YTD 2018 – 3,404,900 units; YTD 2017 – 3,293,100 units; change – 3.4%
  • Worldwide: October 2018 – 846,300 units; October 2017 – 940,300 units; change – (-)10%; YTD 2018 – 8,976,500 units; YTD 2017 – 8,746,600 units; change – 2.6%

Deliveries to customers by brands:

  • Volkswagen Passenger cars: October 2018 – 516,900 units; October 2017 – 550,900 units; change – (-)6.2%; YTD 2018 – 5,139,800 units; YTD 2017 – 5,041,800 units; change – 1.9%
  • Audi: October 2018 – 117,600 units; October 2017 – 158,200 units; change – (-)25.7%; YTD 2018 – 1,525,300 units; YTD 2017 – 1,538,700 units; change – (-)0.9%
  • Skoda: October 2018 – 99,400 units; October 2017 – 107,400 units; change – (-)7.4%; YTD 2018 – 1,038,500 units; YTD 2017 – 978,500 units; change – 6.1%
  • SEAT: October 2018 – 33,400 units; October 2017 – 40,200 units; change – (-)16.8%; YTD 2018 – 449,000 units; YTD 2017 – 395,100 units; change – 13.6%
  • Porsche: October 2018 – 17,900 units; October 2017 – 20,200 units; change – (-)11.4%; YTD 2018 – 214,500 units; YTD 2017 – 206,100 units; change – 4.1%
  • Volkswagen Vehículos Comerciales: October 2018 – 37,900 units; October 2017 – 43,000 units; change – (-)12%; YTD 2018 – 409,300 units; YTD 2017 – 410,900 units; change – (-)0.4%
  • MAN: October 2018 – 12,900 units; October 2017 – 10,700 units; change – 20.7%; YTD 2018 – 110,600 units; YTD 2017 – 91,000 units; change – 21.5%
  • Scania: October 2018 – 8,800 units; October 2017 – 8,500 units; change – 3.1%; YTD 2018 – 77,400 units; YTD 2017 – 72,500 units; change – 6.8%

Volkswagen Group (Total): October 2018 – 846,300 units; October 2017 – 940,300 units; change – (-)10%; YTD 2018 – 8,976,500 units; YTD 2017 – 8,746,600 units; change – 2.6%