The recent VW’s sales report shows a 5,3 percent global sales decrease for the passenger-car division and a 3,5 percent drop for the entire Group.
As expected, the emissions scandal drives Volkswagen into a fall in sales for October, being the first full month of sales report after the cheating disclosures from September. Therefore, deliveries dropped 5.3 percent to 490,000 vehicles last month and fell 4.7 percent to 4.84 million cars in the January-to-October period. “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is experiencing challenging times. We not only face the diesel and CO2 issues but also tense situations on world markets,” explained Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the VW Passenger Cars brand responsible for sales.
China, its strongest largest single market where the brand sold almost half of its cars – 233,500 units – was able to stop the downward trend as deliveries grew in October by 1.8 percent. However, “In Western Europe, the temporary sales stops for vehicles affected by the diesel issue had an impact on sales,” added Stackmann. In October, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.3 percent fewer cars in Western Europe than in the corresponding month of the previous year. The highest drop in sales for VW was in Brazil, where the brand sold last month twice less cars, from 47,300 last year to 23,800 vehicles in October, while in Russia the deliveries fell by 25.7 percent. Worldwide sales for the entire Volkswagen group decreased 3.5 percent to 831,300 vehicles in October, edging 1.7 percent lower to 8.26 million vehicles in the first 10 months of the year.