VW sold 8 million cars in 2011, more than Toyota image

For the first time in its history, the Volkswagen Group sold over 8 million vehicles in a single year, outselling Toyota and closing in on General Motors.

A total of 8.16 million vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide in 2011, an increase of 14.3 percent over 2010, when the group sold 7.14 million vehicles.

Europe’s largest automaker was helped by strong growth in the United States, China and Russia and by record yearly sales at its VW, Audi and Skoda brands. “All Group brands reported further gains under difficult conditions on volatile markets. This outstanding result is clearly a team achievement,” Christian Klingler, VW Group Board Member for Sales, said in a statement.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed 2011 with a new record, selling 5.09 million units, up 13.1 percent from 2010. Growth was consistent in the Central and Eastern Europe region, with 218,000 units sold, up 47.4 percent from 2010. In North America, VW sold over 496,700 cars (+22.2 percent), while in the Asia Pacific region it delivered 1.93 million cars (+16.6 percent).

The Audi brand delivered 1.30 million vehicles in 2011, up 19.2 percent over 2010. It was the best-ever year for sales in the company’s history. Skoda sales reached 879,200 units last year, an increase of 15.3 percent over the previous year. SEAT delivered 350,000 cars in 2011, up 3.1 percent. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles reported sales of 528,800 units, up 21.4 percent.