Thursday, 10 July 2014

VW first-half sales top record 3m

Volkswagen passenger cars brand delivered over 3 million vehicles in the first half year for the first time in the company’s history.

A total of 3.07 (January-June 2013: 2.95) million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide, an increase of 3.8 per cent.

The Volkswagen brand delivered 864,100 (843,600; +2.4 per cent) vehicles in the European market in the period, of which 451,300 (427,800; +5.5 per cent) models were sold in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries to customers in the home market of Germany increased to 285,700 (283,400; +0.8 per cent).

In contrast, deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in the first half year grew 16.8 per cent, with the brand selling over 1.50 (1.28) million vehicles. Of these 1.39 (1.17; +18.5 per cent) million units were sold in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period.

Volkswagen delivered 282,600 (309,600; -8.7 per cent) vehicles in the North America region in the period to June, of which 179,100 (206,800; -13.4 per cent) models were handed over in the US.

In South America, deliveries fell by 21.1 per cent to 317,300 (401,900) units, of which 255,700 (307,000; -16.7 per cent) were sold in Brazil.

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