Wolfsburg - The Volkswagen brand continued its sustained growth on the world market in April with yet another sales record. In an increasingly difficult market environment the brand delivered 335,000 passenger cars to customers. This represents an increase of 10.3 percent compared with the same month in 2007 and at the same time means that the Volkswagen brand exceeded its own expectations of 5.9 percent growth announced in April.
Volkswagen delivered 1.25 million vehicles worldwide from January to April. This corresponds to an increase of 8.8 percent and is yet another record. The three strongest single markets for Volkswagen during this period were China with 305,100 vehicles delivered (plus 21.4 percent), Germany with deliveries of 172,000 (plus 12.8 percent) and Brazil with 168,400 units (plus 22.4 percent). This means that every second Volkswagen model was delivered to customers in these three countries.
"Our model initiative is proving extremely effective and we are moving ahead well. The Passat CC, already available to order, will make its market debut in early June and the new Scirocco comes to market at the end of August. The rollout will be in Germany with other markets to follow. As Europe's largest automaker our strategy is to offer an unrivalled broad-based and innovative model range of high quality and stable value", commented Detlef Wittig, Executive Vice President, Group Sales and Marketing.
Europe remains the continent with the strongest sales for the Volkswagen brand, with a total of 541,700 vehicles delivered in this region from January to April – an increase of 4.2 percent. While customers in Western Europe took delivery of 488,700 Volkswagen passenger cars, representing an increase of 2.6 percent, deliveries to customers in Central and Eastern Europe rose by 22.8 percent to 53,000 units.
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