Volkswagen Passenger Cars Global Sales up 0.1% in January image

Volkswagen AG said Tuesday January global car sales at its core VW passenger car brand rose 0.1 percent to 419,200 vehicles from 418,600 vehicles in January 2011.

“Despite volatile developments, particularly in Europe, we maintained deliveries at last year’s high level thanks to our young and innovative product range”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

The German automaker reported a 6.9 percent decrease in deliveries in the Asia / Pacific region in January, handing over 174,700 (187,700) vehicles, of which 159,900 (175,000; -8.6 percent) units were sold in China (incl. Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market.

However, in the United States, VW sales rose 30.2 percent to 39,600 vehicles. In its home market, Germany, sales fell 8.4% at 39,600 vehicles.

On the overall European market, VW rose 0.8 percent in January to 125,500 (124,500) units. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), a region currently characterized by uncertainty, deliveries contracted slightly, with Volkswagen Passenger Cars handing over 69,100 (71,200; -2.9 percent) vehicles to customers.