Volkswagen Group Begins Year With Increase in Deliveries

Volkswagen Group Begins Year With Increase in Deliveries 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/15/13 --    


 
--  Group delivers 749,900* vehicles in January
--  14.9 percent* growth chiefly attributable to special effect in China

  
The Volkswagen Group began the year with a 14.9 percent* increase in
deliveries for January which totaled 749,900 (January 2012: 652,400)*
units. "In particular the sizeable increase in China -- due to the
later date set for the Chinese New Year -- helped the Volkswagen
Group achieve this January performance. For February, we expect a
decline in deliveries in China as a result of this special effect. In
Europe, the prevailing economic uncertainty continues to have a
noticeable impact on market development and the Volkswagen Group
could not entirely escape this trend in January. On the other hand,
we recorded slight growth in the North America region", Group Board
Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and
added: "The fact remains that 2013 will also be a challenging year
for the Volkswagen Group." 
Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region rose as a result of the special
situation in China. Customers took possession of 326,200 (233,500;
+39.7 percent) new vehicles in the region in January. The Volkswagen
Group delivered 298,300 (208,200; +43.3 percent) vehicles in China,
the region's largest single market, in the first month of the year.
As a result of the later date set for the Chinese New Year,
deliveries in January were noticeably higher than for the same month
last year. This effect will be reversed in February. In India, the
company delivered 7,800 (9,400; -17.1 percent) vehicles to customers
in the first month of the year. 
The Volkswagen Group benefited from the ongoing dynamic sales
situation in the North America region in January, handing over 62,600
(53,500; +17.0 percent) vehicles to customers, of which 42,700
(36,700; +16.2 percent) units were delivered in the United States,
the region's largest single market. The Group delivered 77,300
(78,100; -0.9 percent) vehicles to customers in the South America
region, of which 55,400 (52,200; +6.2 percent) were handed over in
Brazil, the region's largest market. 
On the overall European market where major uncertainty still
predominates, the Volkswagen Group handed over 252,200 (259,900; -3.0
percent) vehicles to customers, of which 138,100 (144,400; -4.4
percent) units were delivered in the Western Europe region (excluding
Germany). In Central and Eastern Europe, deliveries during the same
period ran at 40,200 (41,400; -2.9 percent) units. In the home market
of Germany the Volkswagen Group handed over 73,900 (74,100; -0.2
percent) vehicles. 
Outline of developments at Group brands 
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded a significant increase
in worldwide deliveries in January, handing over 491,900 (419,100;
+17.4 percent) units. The brand developed particularly well in the
Asia-Pacific region, where deliveries ran at 251,100 (174,700; +43.7
percent) units. In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger
Cars handed over 43,800 (39,600) vehicles during the same period, an
increase of 10.6 percent. Audi delivered 111,800 (96,100) vehicles
worldwide in January, a rise of 16.3 percent. Among other things, the
premium brand from Ingolstadt benefited from growth in China, where
37,700 (27,200; +38.5 percent) vehicles were handed over, and in the
United States, where customers took possession of 10,100 (9,400; +7.5
percent) new vehicles.  
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group
brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 12,100 vehicles in
January. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was
particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 4,100 vehicles
were handed over to customers, and in the North America region, where
3,600 vehicles were delivered. 
The Czech automaker SKODA delivered 69,500 (75,400) units in the
first month of the year; the decline of 7.8 percent is attributable
to the market launch of the new Octavia. Of this total, the company
delivered 17,600 (20,400; -13.6 percent) units in Western Europe
(excluding Germany) and handed over 15,100 (17,900; -15.7 percent)
vehicles to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe region. 
The Spanish brand SEAT delivered 25,900 (21,700; +19.1 percent)
vehicles worldwide in January. Despite difficult conditions on
European markets the company delivered 20,100 (17,900) vehicles in
Europe as a whole, an increase of 12.5 percent. Deliveries were
particularly encouraging in Germany, where 4,600 (3,600; +27.5
percent) models were handed over to customers, and in Spain, where
deliveries ran at 4,900 (3,700; +34.5 percent) units. 
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles could not entirely avoid the effects
of the difficult market situation and delivered 37,900 (39,500; -4.0
percent) light commercial vehicles in January. 11,700 (11,600; +0.1
percent) vehicles were handed over to customers in the Western Europe
region (excluding Germany). On the home market of Germany deliveries
ran at 6,200 (8,800; -29.1 percent) units. 
*) 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
www.volkswagen-media-services.com
www.volkswagenag.com 
 
 
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