Another record year for Volkswagen Group
Excluding the heavy truck brands of MAN and Scania, the Volkswagen Group delivered 9.5 (2012: 9.1; +4.8 percent) million vehicles in twelve months. The Group finished the month of December with a 6.3 percent increase, delivering 833,200 (December 2012: 784,100) units.
Developments in the various regions and world markets were mixed. Group brands delivered 3.65 (3.67; -0.5 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to December, of which 1.85 (1.85; +0.1 percent) million units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 1.16 (1.18; -1.4 percent) million customers chose a new model from the Volkswagen Group in the home market of Germany.
Europe's largest automaker delivered 639,500 (644,300; -0.7 percent) vehicles in the Central and Eastern Europe region. 303,200 (317,700; -4.6 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers in the Russian market during the same period.
Deliveries in the North America region from January to December grew 5.6 percent to 888,800 (841,500) units, of which 611,700 (596,100; +2.6 percent) were delivered in the United States.
In the South America region, the Volkswagen Group handed over 908,000 (1,010,100; -10.1 percent) million vehicles to customers during the same period, of which 682,200 (780,200; -12.6 percent) were delivered in Brazil.
The Group recorded very encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 3.64 (3.17; +14.7 percent) million vehicles were delivered to customers in the period to December, of which 3.27 (2.81; +16.2 percent) million were handed over to customers in China (incl. Hong Kong), the Group's largest single market. In contrast, deliveries in India declined to 92,600 (114,100; -18.9 percent) units. ■