The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand worldwide sold more than 515,700 vehicles in January, 4.8% up on the same period in 2013. Of those, 52% (267,800) went to China (including Hong Kong), reflecting a 13.9% increase in sales year-to-year there.
The results marked the first time Volkswagen Passenger Cars has started the year with deliveries in excess of half a million, said Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
The sales situation in Europe regained momentum in the first month of the year. While the overall market grew by some 3%, deliveries by Volkswagen in the first month of the year grew 7.9% to 126,200 (116,900) units. In Western Europe (excluding Germany) 66,100 (60,600) vehicles were handed over, an increase of 9.1% compared with the same month last year, while 41,400 (38,100) vehicles were delivered in Germany, a rise of 8.8%. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, 18,600 (18,200; +1.8%) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen, of which 8,600 (10,000; -13.7%) units were delivered in Russia.
The brand recorded a further 13.7% rise in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in January, handing over 285,300 (251,100) vehicles, of which 267,800 (235,000; +13.9%) were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong). In India, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 3,400 (4,600; -26.6%) units in January.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 39,200 (43,800; -10.6%) vehicles to customers, of which 23,500 (29,000; -19.0%) were delivered in the United States. In the South America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 49,600 (63,000; -21.3%) vehicles, of which 35,900 (46,100; -22.1%) units were delivered in Brazil.