The Volkswagen group reported a 10.2% rise in worldwide deliveries for January to August 2012 "despite the difficult situation on some markets", handing over 5.91m vehicles.

It also booked a delivery record for August: this was the first time 719,500 units (up 18.9%) were shifted in the month.

“We are satisfied with the group’s continued good performance. However, the situation on world markets is still unsettled. While developments in America, eastern Europe and Asia remain stable, we are monitoring the continued tense situation, particularly in western Europe, very closely,” sales head Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday (14 September).

Asia-Pacific region sales in the first eight months rose 17.9% to 1.98m with 1.74m (+17.9%)sold in China, the region’s largest single market.

North America region sales rose 24.5% to 535,200 with 380,000 (+33.3%) of those in the United States. South America sales were up 9.5% to 678,600.

Overall European sales inched up only 1.7% to 2.47m. In western Europe (excluding Germany), sales fell 5.5% to 1.25m but German sales were up 4.1% to to 792,300 units.

In contrast, the company again recorded high growth in central and eastern Europe, where volume was up 25.2% to 426,800 of which 206,900 alone (up 53.4%) were delivered in Russia, the region’s largest single market.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand sales rose 11.2% to 3.72m; Audi was up 12.7% to 961,000; Porsche, which became a group brand on 1 August, 10,900 vehicles in the month; Škoda sales rose 8.5% to 633,300 and SEAT volume fell 11% to 210,200, due mainly to shrinking markets in western Europe though it did grow 13.7% to 40,000 in Germany, 4.9% to 23,300 in the UK and 21.8% to 13,700 in Mexico.

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No. 386/2012

Volkswagen Group maintains deliveries at high level

· 5.91 million vehicles delivered in period to August / 10.2 percent increase*

· 18.9 percent rise in August to 719,500 units*

· Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Satisfied with the Group’s

continued good performance. However, the market situation in some regions

of the world remains tense.”

Wolfsburg, September 14, 2012 – The Volkswagen Group achieved a 10.2 percent rise in

worldwide deliveries for the period from January to August 2012 despite the difficult

situation on some markets, and handed over 5.91 (January-August 2011: 5.36)* million

vehicles to customers. The Group recorded a delivery record for August: This was the

first time that 719,500 (August 2011: 605,300; +18.9 percent)* units were handed over in

this month. “We are satisfied with the Group’s continued good performance. However,

the situation on world markets is still unsettled. While developments in America,

Eastern Europe and Asia remain stable, we are monitoring the continued tense

situation, particularly in Western Europe, very closely”, Group Board Member for Sales

Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.

The Group recorded very satisfactory figures in the Asia-Pacific region where 1.98 (1.68;

+17.9 percent) million vehicles were handed over to customers in the first eight months, of

which 1.74 (1.48; +17.9 percent) million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest

single market.

Deliveries on the American continent also again developed very well with the number of

vehicles handed over in the North America region from January to August increasing by

24.5 percent to 535,200 (429,800), of which 380,000 (285,000; +33.3 percent) units were

delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group handed over 678,600 (619,600;

+9.5 percent) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.

On the overall European market, Group brands delivered a total of 2.47 (2.43; +1.7 percent)

million vehicles in the period to August. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 1.25 (1.33;

-5.8 percent) million customers took possession of a new vehicle. Europe’s largest automaker

grew deliveries in its home market of Germany to 792,300 (761,100; +4.1 percent) units. The

company again recorded high growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where 426,800

(340,800; +25.2 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, of which 206,900

(134,900; +53.4 percent) units were delivered in Russia, the region’s largest single market.

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Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.72 (3.34; +11.5 percent) million vehicles

to customers worldwide from January to August. The brand developed particularly well in the

Central and Eastern Europe region, where 177,900 (130,200; +36.6 percent) vehicles were

delivered. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 404,000 (320,700; +26.0 percent)

vehicles to customers in the North America region, while the figure was 1.46 (1.26;

+15.8 percent) million for the Asia-Pacific region.

Audi delivered 961,000 (853,000; +12.7 percent) vehicles worldwide in the first eight months

of the year. The premium brand from Ingolstadt performed particularly well in North America,

where 107,100 (91,800; +16.8 percent) models were handed over to customers. In the Asia-

Pacific region Audi delivered 308,400 (236,500) vehicles during the same period, an increase

of 30.4 percent.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on

August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 10,900 vehicles in August. Demand for models built by the

Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 3,800 units

were handed over, and in the North America region, where deliveries ran at 3,300 units.

The ŠKODA brand delivered a total of 633,300 (583,600; +8.5 percent) vehicles in the period

to August. The Czech automaker performed particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe,

where 172,600 (147,000; +17.4 percent) units were handed over, and in the Asia-Pacific

region, where 189,900 (170,800; +11.1 percent) vehicles were delivered.

SEAT delivered 210,200 (236,200; -11.0 percent) vehicles worldwide from January to August,

mainly due to shrinking markets in Western Europe. The Spanish brand did, however, grow

deliveries in Germany to 40,000 (35,200, +13.7 percent) units, in the UK, where 23,300

(22,300; +4.9 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, and in Mexico, where 13,700

(11,300; +21.8 percent) units were delivered.

*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania

Volkswagen Group Communications

Original source: VW Group media