The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles in the first six months of 2011 than ever. A total of 4.09 (January – June 2010: 3.58; +14.1 percent)* million vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide from January to June of this year. Europe’s largest automaker therefore once again performed noticeably better than the world market (+6.1 percent). June was also a very positive month, with 719,400 (June 2010: 644,300; +11.7 percent)* vehicles handed over to customers. “Delivery figures for the first half of the year are very satisfactory. Our performance demonstrates the strength of our model range,” the Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and continued: “We are also confident we can perform better than the global automobile market during the second half of the year, thanks to our very convincing range of models.” He went on to say that developments during the first half of the year did not yet allow a projection for the full year. “Success in the second six months won’t be automatic. Plenty of hard work lies ahead to keep our deliveries during the second half of the year at a high level,” Klingler commented. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen Group reports record deliveries for the first half of 2011′
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Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest carmaker, said it expects to continue outperforming the auto market in the second half after posting a record 4.1 million deliveries in the first six months of the year. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen confident it can outperform Global Market’
Audi AG has decided to build a vehicle assembly plant in North America and is considering an additional engine and transmission plant.
Volkswagen Group’s premium brand is completing details of the assembly plant — including models, location and capacity. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said all decisions will be made within three years. Continue reading ‘BREAKING: Audi to build cars in North America’
Audi set another sales record on the Chinese market in the first six months of 2011. With a total of 140,699 vehicles delivered in China and Hong Kong, the Company increased sales by 28 percent versus the first six months of 2010. Audi sold 27,658 automobiles in June, more than in any month previously. This makes China the largest sales market for AUDI AG worldwide. Continue reading ‘Record six months for Audi in China’
Bentley today confirmed that its global sales for the first half of 2011 have increased by 20% on the same period last year. 2978 cars were delivered to customers in the first six months, the best start to a year by Bentley since 2008. Continue reading ‘Bentley’s new Continental GT boost 2011 sales’
Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported 28,444 units sold in June 2011, a 35.1 percent increase over prior year sales Year-to-date sales are up 22.3 percent.
“We’ve been able achieve a volume in the first half of this year in what took us effectively seven months last year,“ said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “With Volkswagen’s broad range of fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles, we expect the momentum to continue into the second-half of the year.” Continue reading ‘Volkswagen of America Increases June Sales 35% Over Prior Year’
Volkswagen says the poor U.S. track record of its Passat is stark proof that a one-world, one-car approach doesn’t get the job done.
VW has tried for years to carve out a respectable piece of the important U.S. mid-sized sedan market with the German-built Passat. But VW’s U.S. dealers in 2010 sold fewer than 13,000 Passat sedans and wagons combined. By comparison, VW in 2010 sold more than 66,000 Passats just in Germany, and more than 170,000 across Europe. Continue reading ‘VW Passat’s U.S. problems show world cars don’t work’
The Volkswagen Group reported a further rise in global deliveries from January to May this year. For the first time, deliveries to customers during this period topped the three million mark, running at 3.37 (January – May 2010: 2.94; +14.6 percent)* million units. Europe’s largest automaker therefore once again performed noticeably better than the world market (+6.8 percent). May was also a good month, with 708,900 (May 2010: 604,000; +17.4 percent)* vehicles handed over to customers. “We are very pleased with developments during the first five months of this year. The Volkswagen Group with its very convincing model range is benefiting from brisk demand on global automobile markets,” Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
- Record: Vehicle deliveries for first five months top 3 million for first time
- 17.4 percent increase in May
- Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Benefiting from convincing model range”
Overall, the Group brands delivered 1.56 (1.42; +9.6 percent) million vehicles throughout Europe in the first five months. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 882,000 (829,800; +6.3 percent) customers took delivery of a new vehicle. The Group brands reported continued high growth in Central and Eastern Europe, delivering 202,300 (156,100; +29.6 percent) units. In Germany, its home market, the Volkswagen Group achieved 8.7 percent growth, delivering 475,100 (437,000) vehicles.
Deliveries on the American continent also increased noticeably. The number of vehicles sold in the North America region grew 19.7 percent in the period to May to 261,600 (218,500) units, of which 172,400 (145,500; +18.5 percent) vehicles were delivered in the U.S. market. The Volkswagen Group handed over 376,800 (344,600; +9.3 percent) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.
The Group also reported a significant rise in deliveries in the Asia / Pacific region, with 1.04 (0.86; +21.6 percent) million vehicles handed over to customers in the period from January to May, of which 921,100 (777,800; +18.4 percent) units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. The company also recorded a further very robust increase in the fast growing India market, where 46,200 (13,500; +242.0 percent) vehicles were delivered.
Stable increase in deliveries for all Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered more than two million vehicles for the first time in the period from January to May. In total, 2.09 (1.86; +12.2 percent) million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide. The brand developed particularly well in the Asia / Pacific (+18.9 percent) and North America (+19.7 percent) regions.
Audi delivered 535,400 (455,600; +17.5 percent) vehicles worldwide during the first five months. The premium brand from Ingolstadt performed particularly well in the regions of North America (+17.0 percent), South America (+26.8 percent) and Asia / Pacific (+26.7 percent).
The Skoda brand delivered 373,400 (307,400; +21.5 percent) vehicles worldwide from January to May. The Czech automaker developed particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe (+22.9 percent) and in the Asia / Pacific region (+37.5 percent).
SEAT delivered 152,500 (147,600) vehicles worldwide in the first five months, an increase of 3.3 percent. The Spanish brand reported growth in particular in Germany (+28.2 percent), Italy (+12.7 percent) and France (+14.0 percent).
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 213,000 (162,100; +31.4 percent) vehicles to customers from January to May, reporting particularly strong growth in the regions of South America (+40.3 percent), Asia / Pacific (+34.4 percent) and Central and Eastern Europe (+58.3 percent).
*) excluding Scania