The Volkswagen Group grew its worldwide deliveries in the first three quarters of 2013 by 4.8%, handing over 7.03 million vehicles to customers; deliveries for the same period in 2012 were 6.71 million. September saw a 7.0% rise in deliveries, with the Group handing over 856,900 units, compared to 801,200 in September 2012.
The Group brands delivered a total of 2.73 million vehicles to customers on the overall European market in the first three quarters, down 2.4% from 2.80 million in 2012. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), where the market situation remained difficult, the Group delivered 1.40 million units—a decline of 1.6%. In Germany, deliveries dropped 3.9% to 855,600 units.
The Group delivered 470,200 units to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe region in the period to September (down 2.0% from 479,000 in 2012, of which 226,100 (-3.7%) were handed over in Russia, the region’s largest single market.
On the American continent, deliveries from January to September in the North America region grew by 9.2% to 664,500 vehicles, of which 463,200 (+7.3%) were handed over to customers in the USA. The Volkswagen Group delivered 681,200 (-9.4%) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period, of which 503,100 (-12.3%) were handed over in Brazil.
Group delivery figures for the Asia-Pacific region remained encouraging, the company said. Deliveries rose 16% there to 2.63 million vehicles, of which 2.35 million units (+17.7%) were delivered in China (excluding Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market. In India, 70,700 customers (-17.4%) took delivery of a new Group model.
On a brand basis:
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 4.36 million vehicles (+3.6%) worldwide from January to September. The brand developed particularly well in China, where 1.79 million vehicles (+18.2%) were handed over, and in Mexico, where 103,300 customers (+16.8%) took delivery of a new Volkswagen.
Audi delivered 1.18 million vehicles worldwide in the first three quarters, an increase of 7.6%. Significant growth in China resulted in deliveries increasing by 20.5% to 355,500 vehicles. The brand grew deliveries in the USA by 13.6% compared with the same prior-year period, handing over 114,400 automobiles.
Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on 1 August 2012, delivered a total of 119,700 vehicles in the period to September. Of those, 36,400 vehicles were in the Asia-Pacific region, and 34,900 vehicles were handed over to customers in the North America region. 37,700 customers took delivery of a new Porsche in the overall European market.
The ŠKODA brand delivered 684,900 vehicles worldwide from January to September, down 4.5%. The company handed over 181,100 vehicles (-6.4%) in the Central and Eastern Europe region. 177,700 vehicles were delivered in China during the same period (-2.3%).
SEAT continued its positive growth trajectory and delivered 266,100 vehicles worldwide in the period to September, an increase of 11.7%. The company handed over 218,100 vehicles (+9.6%) to customers in the overall European market. Developments on the German market were particularly encouraging, with deliveries there increasing by 26.3% to 57,300 (45,400) units.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sales were stable during the first three quarters, with 406,600 vehicles— decrease of 0.7%. 119,600 vehicles were delivered to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany) under difficult market conditions, a drop of 1.2%. In contrast, deliveries in the South America region developed well, with customers there taking delivery of 118,800 units, an increase of 9.9%.