– Deliveries increase 3.4 percent to 5.93 million
– Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Further growth for Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. New Golf is doing extremely well.”
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed 2013 with a new record, delivering 5.93 (2012: 5.74; +3.4 percent) million vehicles to customers for the first time ever in a twelve-month period. The brand handed over 535,200 (December 2012: 517,900; +3.3 percent) units in December. “There has been further growth for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in spite of the challenging market conditions. Our new Golf in particular has done extremely well in its first full year on the market and has strengthened Volkswagen’s competitive position”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented. “We will be facing new and difficult challenges in 2014, but we are very well prepared thanks to our young and sustainable product range.”
On the overall European market, where the situation remained difficult, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 1.64 (1.70; -3.7 percent) million vehicles, of which 263,300 (267,100; -1.4 percent) were handed over to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe region. The brand delivered 156,300 (164,700; -5.1 percent) units in Russia, the region’s largest single market. Deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany) were down 3.9 percent to 811,800 (844,500) units. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 560,100 (586,100; -4.4 percent) vehicles to customers in Germany in 2013.
In the Asia-Pacific region the brand enjoyed a substantial 15.0 percent increase in deliveries for the full year, handing over 2.73 (2.37) million vehicles to customers, of which 2.51 (2.15; +16.6 percent) million were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market. Volkswagen handed over 616,800 (623,300) vehicles to customers in the North America region, of which 407,700 (438,100; -6.9 percent) units were delivered in the United States. The company handed over 720,400 (836,600; -13.9 percent) vehicles in South America over the same period, of which 550,800 (661,000; -16.7 percent) were delivered to customers in Brazil.