Deliveries of the Volkswagen Group during the first quarter of 2012 experienced a steep climb. From January-March 2012, it was able to deliver 9.6% more at 2.16 million vehicles, exceeding the two million mark for the first time in a year’s first quarter. In January-March 2011, it sold 1.97 million vehicles. In addition, the Group posted record-breaking deliveries for March amounting to 862,700 units.
This is 12.5% higher than in March 2011 with 767,100 units. Christian Klingler, the Group Board Member for Sales, said that the Volkswagen Group developed very well in the first quarter as it performed strongly in North America, China and Russia. However, he pointed out the markets in Western Europe continue to be uncertain.
In the first quarter, the Group brands reported deliveries of 937,000 vehicles on the overall European market while for the same period in 2011, there was a 3.2% increase to 908,300. A total of 507,100 deliveries were recorded in Western Europe (excluding Germany), a 4.7% drop from the 531,900 units for the same period last year. This market is considered difficult for now. But in VW’s domestic market of Germany, its deliveries increased to 282,400, about 5% higher than 267,300 units the past year. Its growth in the Central and Eastern Europe region had been strong, with 147,400 vehicles sent to customers, about 35.1% higher than the previous year with 109,100 units sold.
In addition, the Group had optimistic figures for the Asia / Pacific region in the first quarter, with deliveries of 726,100 units, 16.8% higher with 621,800 sold. Of this figure, 633,900 units were sent to customers in China (the biggest single market). This is 15.6% higher than the 548,500 units the previous ear. Meanwhile, deliveries in India grew by 21.6% to 34,100 units compared to the 28,100 units sent the past year.
In the American continent, deliveries continued to grow. In the first quarter, the vehicles sold in the North America region increased by 24.5% to 179,100 compared to 143,900 units in the prior year. Of this figure, 124,400 (34% higher than the 92,800 units the past year) were delivered in the U.S., the region’s biggest single market. The Volkswagen Group sent more than 229,400 vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period while it sold 220,900 units the prior year, higher by 3.9%.