Volkswagen Group Makes Stable Start to Second Quarter: Deliveries Top Three
Million Vehicles* in Period to April
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/17/13 --
-- 3.05 million vehicles handed over in first four months / +5.6
-- 784,600 units delivered in April / +7.2 percent*
-- Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: "Satisfactory start
to second quarter. However, market environment in some world regions
still proving difficult."
The Volkswagen Group delivered 3.05 (January-April 2012: 2.89; +5.6
percent)* million vehicles from January to April, topping the three
million mark for the first time for the first four months of a year.
The company handed over 784,600 (April 2012: 731,900; +7.2 percent)*
vehicles to customers in the month of April. "The Volkswagen Group
and its brands made a satisfactory start to the second quarter,"
Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on
Friday. Klingler went on to say: "Nevertheless, the market
environment remains difficult, and is very challenging in some world
regions. The economic crisis in Europe in particular is having an
increasing impact on the automobile industry. However, growth
continues on the markets in North America and, above all, Asia, so we
are optimistic we will be able to maintain the momentum of the first
three months in the second quarter."
The situation on the overall European market remains tense. Group
brands delivered 1.21 (1.25; -3.9 percent) million vehicles on this
market in the first four months of the year, of which 635,900
(661,400; -3.9 percent) units were handed over in Western Europe
(excluding Germany). On the home market of Germany, 370,200 (387,500;
-4.4 percent) customers opted for a new vehicle from the Volkswagen
Group, while the company delivered 199,100 (205,100; -2.9 percent)
units in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Deliveries in Russia,
where 94,900 (94,500; +0.4 percent) vehicles were handed over to
customers, remained stable.
There was a more positive trend in North America. From January to
April deliveries in this region grew 12.9 percent to 279,900
(247,900) vehicles, of which 193,900 (173,700; +11.6 percent) were
handed over to customers in the USA. The Volkswagen Group delivered
292,000 (296,900; -1.6 percent) units in the South America region
during the same period, of which 213,500 (214,300; -0.4 percent) were
handed over in Brazil.
Group figures for the Asia-Pacific region remained encouraging. 1.14
(0.98; +16.5 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers there in
the period to April, of which 1.02 (0.86; +18.4 percent) million
units were delivered in China, the region's largest single market. In
contrast, deliveries in India dropped to 33,400 (43,500; -23.1
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.91 (1.81; +5.3
percent) million vehicles worldwide from January to April. The brand
continued to develop well in the Asia-Pacific region, where
deliveries ran at 855,100 (725,100; +17.9 percent) units. In the
North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 196,200
(187,900; +4.4 percent) vehicles to customers, while deliveries on
the overall European market, which remained difficult, ran at 545,300
(589,800; -7.5 percent) units.
Audi delivered 503,000 (471,300; +6.7 percent) vehicles to customers
worldwide in the period to April. Deliveries by the premium brand
from Ingolstadt developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where
169,500 (147,300; +15.1 percent) models were handed over to
customers. Audi delivered 57,400 (50,100) vehicles in the North
America region during the same period, an increase of 14.5 percent.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group
brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 52,200 vehicles from
January to April. At 15,700 units, the Asia-Pacific region accounted
for the largest share, with a further 15,000 units handed over to
customers in the North America region.
SKODA delivered a total of 298,000 (324,100; -8.0 percent) vehicles
in the first four months of the year. The Czech automaker handed over
75,200 (84,700; -11.2 percent) units in Central and Eastern Europe,
and 88,300 (96,500; -8.5 percent) vehicles in the Asia-Pacific
SEAT delivered 117,100 (105,000; +11.5 percent) vehicles worldwide in
the period to April, continuing the upward trend. There was marked
growth in Germany in particular, where deliveries increased to 23,700
(18,200; +30.6 percent) units. SEAT also grew deliveries in the UK,
where the company handed over 14,800 (13,600; +9.0 percent) units,
and in Mexico, where 7,400 (6,800; +8.5 percent) vehicles were
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles handed over 170,700 (174,200; -2.0
percent) vehicles to customers in the first four months of the year,
of which 97,800 (107,300; -8.9 percent) were delivered on the overall
European market. In contrast, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew
deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company handed over
6,200 (5,500; +13.6 percent) vehicles to customers. The brand also
recorded double-digit growth in the South America region, delivering
48,600 (43,400; +12.0 percent) vehicles there.
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012;
excluding MAN and Scania
Volkswagen Group Communications
Spokesperson Corporate & Business
Phone: +49 (0) 53 61 / 9-8 75 75
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