VW brand deliveries rose 12.7 percent to 5.74 million units in 2012 image

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed 2012 with a new record, delivering 5.74 million vehicles to customers for the first time in a twelve-month period.

The brand recorded a 30.6 percent rise for the month of December, delivering 517,900 units. Christian Klingler, board member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group, acknowledged the strong increase, but warned of a difficult 2013. “2013 will be a very demanding year, and we will be facing new and difficult challenges. But we are well prepared,” Klinger said in a statement.

In Europe, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 1.70 million vehicles (-1.2 percent), despite significant growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where there was a 22.4 percent increase in deliveries to 267,100 vehicles. In Russia, the region’s largest single market, 164,700 units were handed over to customers (+39.6 percent).

In Western Europe (excluding Germany), deliveries fell by 6.9 percent to 844,500 units due to the difficult situation on overall markets. In Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 586,100 vehicles to customers in 2012 (-1.2 percent).

In the Asia-Pacific region the brand reported 2.37 million deliveries (+23.2 percent), of which 2.15 million (+24.8 percent) were handed over in China (including Hong Kong).

On the American continent, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries 25.5 percent to 623,300 units. In the United States alone, 438,100 vehicles (+35.1 percent) were handed over to customers. In South America, deliveries rose 8.3 percent to 836,600 vehicles, of which 661,000 (+11.7 percent) were handed over in Brazil.