The delivery rate of Volkswagen’s core passenger-car brand slowed by 4% compared to the same period of 2013, as the automaker has seen its largest monthly slide for the year.
The troubled VW namesake brand has seen attributed the fall seen last month to continued weakening regions such as Eastern Europe and Latin America, while the automaker also made the generational switch for one of its most important models – the mid-sized Passat. Deliveries of the brand slid to 508,400 units in November, after last year it tallied 529,500 autos, according to a statement from the company. Europe’s largest carmaker has seen four continued months with small or absent sales increases this year – the October total was down 0.4%, while September and August were essentially flat.
VW sales chief Christian Klingler considered that “challenging developments on markets worldwide will continue for the remainder of this year,” and the brand was not “immune to their impact.” Additionally, the second best-selling model of the carmaker, the Passat, has seen its generational change last month, with the new – more premium version – arriving in dealership showrooms only in the last week of November. Sales in Central and Eastern Europe have slid 8.4% since January and Latin America was even worse, with an 18% fall for the same period.