Volkswagen AG begins year with modest sales growth image

Germany’s Volkswagen Group, the second largest automaker in the world and the biggest in Europe, has had a shaky year start, with deliveries at the core VW brand slowing down again in January.

Fortunately, the other brands in the group managed to reshape the situation into a positive one, albeit with sales only edging 0.7 percent to the twelve brands delivering a total of 817,600 autos – up from 811,500 during the same period of 2014. Our premium brands Audi and Porsche, along with Skoda and Seat, put in a particularly strong performance”, commented Christian Klingler, the sales chief, in Wolfsburg on Friday. “Looking ahead to the full year we can expect the global uncertainties to continue.” Counting the heavy truck units as well the group managed to sell 287,400 units – climbing 2.9 percent – on the overall European market during January. Western Europe accounted for 152,200 autos and another 89,300 units were delivered on the German home market. Russia continued to plunge deeper into recession, with deliveries down 16.9 percent to 13,800 autos.

Company deliveries to the North American region have grown substantially, by nine percent to 63,200 vehicles – of which 39,200 went to customers from the United States. The same cannot be said about the southern region of the American continent, where sales dropped by 20.7 percent overall (53,900 units) and by the same figure in Brazil – the region’s largest market (to 38,500 autos). The Asia-Pacific region proves it has matured fast, with deliveries only slightly edging those from the same period last year – up 1.7 percent to 381,300 units. Of the total, China, the world’s largest auto market and the biggest for VW AG as well, accounted for 351,400 vehicles of the total – growing by two percent.