The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 4.88 (January-October 2012: 4.72; +3.4 percent) million vehicles from January to October this year. The brand handed over 511,400 (October 2012: 501,400; +2.0 percent) vehicles to customers in the month of October. "Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made satisfactory progress in October despite the ongoing economic uncertainty in some regions. We continued to grow in the Asia-Pacific region where deliveries in China, our largest single market, remained very encouraging", Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Business on the overall European market remained difficult, with the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivering 1.37 (1.44; -5.3 percent) million vehicles in this region in the period to October, of which 682,200 (719,100; -5.1 percent) units were handed over in the Western Europe region (excluding Germany). At 464,100 (501,300) units, new car deliveries to customers on the home market of Germany from January to October were down 7.4 percent. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 220,500 (223,100; -1.2 percent) vehicles to customers in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to October, of which 129,900 (137,200; -5.4 percent) units were delivered in Russia.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries in the period to October by 0.9 percent to 513,100 (508,500) units, of which 343,000 (357,400; -4.0 percent) models were handed over to their new owners in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries from January to October declined by 13.9 percent to 602,500 (699,700) units, of which 454,000 (546,500; -16.9 percent) were handed over in Brazil.
In contrast, the positive momentum for the brand in the Asia-Pacific region continued in the period to October with Volkswagen growing deliveries there by 16.2 percent to 2.20 (1.89) million vehicles. 2.02 (1.71; +17.9 percent) million vehicles were delivered in China (including Hong Kong) during the same period. In contrast, deliveries in India declined to 51,000 (57,400; -11.0 percent) units.