Volkswagen Group Delivers Over Nine Million Vehicles for First

Volkswagen Group Delivers Over Nine Million Vehicles for First Time 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 --  The Volkswagen
Group 


 
--  Full year 2012: 11.2 percent* increase in deliveries
    
    
--  December was strong month: 784,300 vehicles delivered / 20.7 percent
    rise*
    
    
--  Board of Management Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: "Group
    developed extremely well in difficult conditions and recorded best
    sales year ever."
    
    
--  Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: "Present
    uncertainties will intensify in 2013. Markets remain challenging,
    competition is getting tougher."

  
The Volkswagen Group recorded a further strong increase in worldwide
deliveries for the full year 2012 and exceeded the prior-year
delivery record. The Company delivered 9.07 (2011: 8.16; +11.2
percent)* million vehicles for the first time in a twelve-month
period. The Group also finished the month of December with a 20.7
percent increase, delivering 784,300 (December 2011: 649,700)* units. 
The Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft's Board of Management,
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, commented: "The Volkswagen Group
developed extremely well in difficult conditions. 2012 was the best
sales year ever. This is another big step forward in our Strategy
2018. Tough challenges lie ahead. The Volkswagen Group has everything
it takes to face these challenges and to play a leading role on world
markets." 
Group Board Member for Sales, Christian Klingler, added: "All the
brands in our Group contributed to this very good delivery
performance in 2012. This is an excellent team achievement. We are
still keeping a vigilant eye on the future, because the present
uncertainties will intensify this year, particularly in Western
Europe. The markets are challenging and competition is also getting
tougher." 
Full-year deliveries developed especially well on the American
continent, with the number of vehicles handed over in the North
America region in the period to December growing 26.2 percent to
841,500 (666,800) units, of which 596,100 (444,200; +34.2 percent)
were delivered in the United States. 
"The United States is one of the Volkswagen Group's key markets for
implementing our Strategy 2018. Volkswagen Group of America will
continue to grow and, together with Porsche Cars North America, will
deliver well in excess of 600,000 vehicles to customers this year,"
Winterkorn said on the eve of this year's motor show in Detroit. 
The Volkswagen Group handed over 1.01 (0.93; +8.2 percent) million
vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same
period, of which 780,200 (704,700; +10.7 percent) were delivered in
Brazil.  
The Group also recorded very satisfactory figures in the Asia-Pacific
region, where deliveries topped the three million mark for the first
time in a twelve-month period, with 3.17 (2.57; +23.3 percent)
million vehicles handed over to customers, of which 2.81 (2.26; +24.5
percent) million units were delivered in China, the region's largest
single market. In India, deliveries increased by 2.1 percent to
114,100 (111,700) units. 
Deliveries by the Volkswagen Group on the overall European market
remained stable in spite of the continuing difficult situation on
markets in Southern Europe, and ran at 3.67 (3.68; -0.3 percent)
million vehicles. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), Europe's
largest automaker delivered 1.85 (1.98; -6.5 percent) million units.
The Company grew deliveries in the home market of Germany to 1.18
(1.15; +1.9 percent) vehicles. The Volkswagen Group continued to
enjoy strong growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where 644,300
(547,800; +17.6 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, of
which 317,700 (229,000; +38.8 percent) were delivered in Russia, the
region's largest single market. 
Outline of developments at Group brands  
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.74 (5.09; +12.7
percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the full year
2012. The brand developed particularly well in the Central and
Eastern Europe region, delivering 267,100 (218,100; +22.4 percent)
there. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 623,300 (496,700; +25.5
percent) vehicles in the North America region and 2.37 (1.93; +23.2
percent) million units in the Asia-Pacific region. 
Audi delivered 1.46 (1.30; +11.7 percent) million vehicles worldwide
in the period to December 2012. The premium brand from Ingolstadt
developed particularly well in North America, where 168,800 (142,500;
+18.5 percent) units were handed over to customers, and in the
Asia-Pacific region, where deliveries for the same period ran at
478,900 (373,700), an increase of 28.1 percent. 
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group
brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 59,500 vehicles from
August to December. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based
carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where
17,800 vehicles were handed over. In the North America region, 17,400
units were delivered as a result of continued high demand. 
The SKODA brand delivered a total of 939,200 (879,200; +6.8 percent)
vehicles in 2012. The Czech automaker developed particularly well in
Central and Eastern Europe, where 261,100 (231,600; +12.7 percent)
units were delivered, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where 276,800
(256,100; +8.1 percent) vehicles were handed over. 
As a result of the difficult market situation in Western Europe, SEAT
delivered 321,000 (350,000; -8.3 percent) vehicles worldwide in the
period to December. In contrast, the Spanish brand recorded a strong
increase in Germany, where 63,700 (52,000, +22.5 percent) vehicles
were delivered. Deliveries in the UK rose to 39,000 (36,100; +8.2
percent), and in Mexico 21,100 (18,100; +16.5 percent) vehicles were
handed over. 
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew full-year deliveries 4.1 percent
to 550,400 (528,900) units. Deliveries on the overall European market
were maintained at the high prior-year level in spite of the
difficult market conditions, and 326,000 (326,300; -0.1 percent)
vehicles were handed over to customers. The brand recorded strong
growth in the Asia-Pacific region, where 19,000 (11,700; +61.9
percent) vehicles were delivered. 
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012;
excluding MAN and Scania 
Volkswagen Group Communications
Spokesperson Sales
Enrico Beltz
Phone: +49 (0) 53 61 / 9-4 85 90
Fax: +49 (0) 53 61 / 9-57-4 85 90
E-mail: enrico.beltz@volkswagen.de
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