Volkswagen Passenger Cars sales up 10.5% in the first quarter image

VW Ag said Wednesday that Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand (VW vehicles only) sales increased 10.5 percent to over 1.36 million vehicles for the first time in the first quarter of a year.

In addition the German automaker said the brand also posted a new delivery record of 536,600 (March 2011: 468,100; +14.6 percent) units for the month of March – thus handing over more than half a million vehicles to customers in a single month for the first time.

In Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 149,000 (141,500; +5.3 percent) vehicles to customers, in United States 94,400 (+40.8%) while in China (incl. Hong Kong) the Germans sold 483,400 vehicles + 12.5 percent.

As expected, in Western Europe (excluding Germany) sales dropped to 232,600 vehicles -3.7 percent. However, deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe rose by a substantial 61.8 percent to 60,200 (37,200) vehicles.

Other markets:
Russia: 35,800 vehicles +113.1 percent
Southern Europe: 441,800 vehicles +5.1 percent
Asia / Pacific region: 540,600 vehicles + 13.7 percent
North America: 135,700 vehicles +27.6 percent
South America: 190,400 units +3.9 percent