Volkswagen Group Records 9.1 % Growth, Sells 5.19 Mn Units Globally in 7 Months
The Volkswagen Group has recorded a growth of 9.1 per cent in deliveries for the period to July, taking the number of vehicles handed over to customers worldwide in the first seven months of this year to 5.19 (January-July 2011: 4.75)* million, surpassing the five million mark for this period for the first time. Group brands delivered 734,600 (July 2011: 665,800; 10.3 per cent)* vehicles in the month of July.
“Overall, we made a good start to the second half of the year and continued on our growth trajectory in almost all regions, particularly Asia, North America and Russia. However, the situation in Western Europe remains noticeably tense, although our brands outperformed the overall market there despite the difficult conditions”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
There was a further increase in Group deliveries on the American continent in the period to July. In the North America region, the company handed over 457,900 (375,500; 21.9 per cent) vehicles in the first seven months, of which 324,200 (249,400; 30.0 per cent) units were delivered in the United States. In South America, the Volkswagen Group handed over 566,500 (538,100; 5.3 per cent) units to customers during the same period.
Group figures for the Asia-Pacific region were again very encouraging. In total, 1.72 (1.46; 17.3 per cent) million vehicles were handed over to customers there from January to July, of which 1.51 (1.29; 17.1 per cent) million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. In India, the Group handed over 69,400 (62,900; 10.5 per cent) vehicles to customers during the same period.
In Europe, the Volkswagen Group delivered a total of 2.23 (2.20; 1.6 per cent) million vehicles during the first seven months. Deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany) fell slightly to 1.15 (1.22; -5.9 per cent) million units as a result of the continued difficult market situation. In its home market of Germany, Europe’s largest automaker recorded a 4.4 per cent increase to 708,100 (678,400) units. The Central and Eastern Europe region continued to develop well, with customers taking delivery of 376,300 (299,600; 25.6 per cent) vehicles.