The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand posted a 10.2 percent year-on-year increase in global deliveries to around 2.79 million vehicles in the first six months of 2012 from about 2.53 million units in the same period in 2011. The brand also logged a 13.7 percent year-on-year increase in worldwide deliveries to around 498,000 vehicles in June 2012 from about 438,000 units in June 2011. Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commended the brand for its growth in the first half of 2012 despite facing a difficult situation in Western Europe.
Klingler, however, is wary of the “considerable uncertainty in Europe” that lurks in the last six months of 2012. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded increases in customer deliveries from almost all regions where it is marketed. The brand posted a 3.1 percent year-on-year growth in the first half of 2012 in Europe to 907,900 units from 881,000 vehicles; despite logging a 4.7 year-on-year drop in deliveries in Western Europe, excluding Germany, to 464,300 vehicles from 487,100 units. The drop was offset by strong deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe, which deliveries grew by 45.2 percent to 134,000 vehicles in first half of 2012 from 92,300 units in the same period in 2011.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also recorded a 78.1 percent year-on-year increase in the first half of 2012 to 81,100 vehicles from 45,500 units in the same period in 2011. The brand posted a slight 2.6 percent increase in its home market of Germany to 309,700 from 301,700 units. The brand was likewise remarkable in markets outside Europe, posting a 15.0 percent year-on-year increase in the first six months of 2012 in the Asia-Pacific region to 1.09 million units from 0.95 million in the same period in 2011. The brand also posted a 15.2 percent increase in deliveries in China, including Hong Kong to 982,600 units. The brand also recorded an increase in deliveries on the American continent.