VW Passenger Cars posts 11.5 percent sales increase in the first eight months of 2012 image

Volkswagen Passenger Cars reported a 11.5 percent increase in deliveries to customers in the period from January to August, to a total of 3.72 million vehicles worldwide.

In August alone, the brand reported a 19.7 percent increase, with sales over 466,300 units, compared to 389,600 units in August 2011.

In Europe, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 1.15 million vehicles to customers from January to August, accounting for an increase of 2 percent. Strong growth was generated in particular in Central and Eastern Europe, where deliveries rose by 36.6 percent to 177,900 units. In Russia, the region’s largest single market, deliveries increased to 108,900 units, up 62.8 percent.

On the other hand, in Western Europe (excluding Germany), the number of vehicles handed over to customers fell by 5.3 percent to 574,500 units, as a result of the difficult situation on the overall market. However, on the home market of Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars increased deliveries by 1.6 percent to 401,200 units.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand grew deliveries 15.8 percent from January to August, handing over 1.46 million vehicles to customers, of which 1.32 million units (+16.3 percent) were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market.

Good results were also recorded in North America, where deliveries increased 26 percent to 404,000 units. In the U.S. alone, VW brand sold 286,800 units (+37.6 percent) in the first eight months of the year. In South America, deliveries rose by 10.8 percent to 567,300 units.