Europe’s biggest automaker sold 4.3 million vehicles from January to September, a 3.6% rise from last year. The passenger cars brand also delivered 526,300 vehicles in September, posting a good 6.8% increase over the same month of 2012.
The brand had its best growth to date,of 16.5% for the January to September period in the all important Asia-Pacific region, with 1.95 million units sold there, of which 1.79 (1.51 in 2012; +18.2 %) million cars were heading to China (excluding Hong Kong), the world’s largest single car market.
“Volkswagen Passenger Cars has held its own well on world markets despite the challenging situation and continued to grow in China in particular”, commented Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
In the North American are, Volkswagen Passenger Cars managed a small 2.1 %increase to 466,000 units, with 314,800 (-2.6 %) delivered to the United States, where the brand continues to search for its true potential. In South America, deliveries from January to September went down 13.4 % to 542,500 units, of which 407,400 (-16.3 %) went to Brazil.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars sold 1.23 (1.30 in 2012; -5.7 %) million vehicles on the overall European market in the first three quarters, with 616,400 (653,300; -5.6 %) cars going to the Western European area (excluding Germany).
In the home market of Germany, after bad weather in Wolfsburg, several thousand vehicles had suffered hailstorm damage. As a result, deliveries to customers from January to September decreased 8.2 % to 410,300 (447,000) units.