The Volkswagen Group increased vehicle deliveries yet again during the first half of 2012. A total of 4.45 million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide recording a growth of 8.9 per cent. The month of June was equally positive, with deliveries running at 798,500 units. ‘Deliveries by the Volkswagen Group developed very well in the first half of the year. But that is by no means cause for euphoria. The economic situation, particularly in Western Europe, remains tense and difficult,’ Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and added: ‘We remain on track and are entering the second half year, which will be altogether more challenging, with confidence.’
The Group brands delivered a total of 1.93 million vehicles to customers on the overall European market in the first half year. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 1.01 million customers took possession of a new vehicle. The Group brands once again reported vigorous growth in the Central and Eastern Europe region, handing over 322,900, while the year ago 253,700 vehicles were sold in the same period, thus, a totoal growth of 27.3 per cent. In its home market of Germany, deliveries by the Volkswagen Group rose 4.4 per cent to 606,100 units. Developments on the American continent were again positive.
Unit sales in North America were up 22.1 per cent in the period to June to 389,800 as compared to the last year's 319,100, of which 275,200 were delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group recorded a growth of 3.1 percent, with a total sales of over 469,500 units in South America region. Group figures for the Asia-Pacific region were also very encouraging. A total of 1.48 million vehicles were handed over to customers recording a total growth of 17.6 per cent there in the first six months, of which 1.30 million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. In India a total of 60,900 customers took delivery of a new vehicle from the Group, that means a total growth of 10.4 per cent.