Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivers 1.48 million vehicles
"The demanding conditions on markets in South America, above all Brazil, and on the Russian market again impacted the delivery performance of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, our core brand, in March.
"In contrast, the brand gained ground – in some cases quite significantly – in Western Europe, particularly in Spain, UK and Germany", Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 430,300 (422,400; +1.9 percent) vehicles on the overall European market in the first quarter, of which 237,500 (225,100; +5.5 percent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany).
Developments in the home market of Germany were also positive, with the brand delivering 144,100 (133,100; +8.3 percent) new vehicles to customers there. 48,600 (64,100; -24.3 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers in Central and Eastern Europe during the same period. The company delivered 18,100 (34,300; -47.2 percent) units in Russia.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 735,400 (740,100; -0.6 percent) vehicles to customers in the Asia-Pacific region in the period to March. 678,400 (682,700; -0.6 percent) units were handed over in China (incl.
Hong Kong). The brand delivered 136,400 (135,800; +0.4 percent) units in the North America region, of which 79,200 (87,300; -9.3 percent) new models were handed over to their owners in the United States.
In the South America region, deliveries for the period to March declined to 128,600 (151,700; -15.2 percent) units, of which 98,000 (119,600; -18.1 percent) were handed over to customers in Brazil. ■