The first ten months of 2011 have been very lucrative for Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles division, which announced an increase in sales of 24.2 percent compared with the same period of 2010. The company sold 433,500 units worldwide from January to October 2011, up from 348,900 units over the same period last year.
“The sales success of our brand this year has been more sustained and consistent than ever before”, said Harald Schomburg, member of the brand board of management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for sales and marketing.
The best sold model was the Caddy, with 131,500 deliveries worldwide, up 25.9 percent from the previous year. Second place went to the T5 Series, with its variants Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California, which recorded sales of 127,350 units (up 7.3 percent). The third best sold vehicle was the Pickup Saveiro, with 68,500 units (up from 59,600 units last year). This model is sold only on South American markets. Other performers were the Amarok pickup truck, with 54,350 units (up from 14,300 units last year) and the heavy-duty Crafter, with 30,300 deliveries globally, up 2.1 percent on the previous year.
More than half of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ sales were reported in Western Europe, where the company delivered 234,900 units, accounting for a rise of 17.3 percent. Germany remained the top market, with 100,600 units sold, up 7.3 percent on the previous year. Eastern Europe sales also rose by 41.9 percent to 28,500 units, 9,700 of which went to Russia. The Middle East region reported sales of 24,500 units (up 25 percent), while South America rose 27.3 percent to 116,600 units.