As 2013 is coming into the end, Volkswagen should be proud of their achievements this year. Apart of their new Volkswagen Golf raking up numerous awards (check out our report here), the Volkswagen group has seen encouraging growth of 4.7% from January to November, compared to the same period last year. That translates to 8.68 million Volkswagen vehicles have found new owners in 2013.
In the month of November, an amazing 828,600 vehicles were delivered, marking a 4.3% increase compared to last year. In the Asia-Pacific region, the numbers were positive, with a 15.1% increase in deliveries at 3.29 million vehicles. The growth in Asia Pacific and America regions managed to subset the decreasing markets in Europe and South America.
“The Volkswagen Group produced a very robust performance despite the continuing economic uncertainty, and November was another good month. Our brands enjoyed particularly strong growth in China. However, the challenges on the other world markets remain unchanged”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 5.40 (5.22; +3.4 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to November. The brand developed particularly well in China, handing over 2.26 (1.92; +17.5 percent) million vehicles to customers there, and in Mexico, where 130,700 (113,500; +15.1 percent) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen.
Audi delivered 1.44 (1.34) million vehicles worldwide from January to November, an increase of 7.4 percent. The premium brand from Ingolstadt benefited inter alia from noticeable growth in China, where 443,700 (370,600; +19.7 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. The brand also grew deliveries in the United States to 141,000 (124,500) units, an increase of 13.3 percent on the comparable prior-year period.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 147,300 vehicles in the period to November. At 45,100 models, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for the largest share, with a further 43,100 vehicles handed over to customers in the North America region.
The Škoda brand delivered 850,700 (873,000; -2.6 percent) vehicles worldwide from January to November. The company handed over 213,600 (209,300; +2.0 percent) units to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 217,400 (225,900; -3.8 percent) vehicles were delivered in China during the same period.
SEAT delivered 324,500 (293,700; +10.5 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to November. The company handed over 265,500 (242,400; +9.5 percent) models to customers on the overall European market. The brand developed particularly well in Germany, where deliveries were up 22.5 percent to 70,900 (57,900) units.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recorded stable development from January to November, delivering 502,800 (500,900; +0.4 percent) vehicles. 146,500 (147,200; -0.5 percent) units were delivered under difficult market conditions in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In contrast, deliveries in the South America region developed well, rising to 147,200 (134,500; +9.5 percent) units.
*including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania.