Volkswagen Feels the Recession Too
Obviously, Volkswagen's officials explained that the economic downturn is the main cause of this sales drop but acknowledged that company's financial results are “retalively positive” as the worldwide auto industry fell by 245 percent, Autonews reported.
"The slump on the world market in the fourth quarter is really putting us to the test," Detlef Wittig, VW group's head of sales and marketing, said in a statement released to the press.
According to figures provided by the aforementioned source, Volkswagen recorded a global sale increase of percent in the first 11 months of 2008, reaching 5.73 million. Moreover, sales of Volkswagen passenger cars, the most important side of the whole group, were up 0.2 points to 3.37 million. And the most important, Volkswagen Group recorded increased sales in all markets, with a single major exception: Europe.
Sales in China were increased by 10.1 percent to 931,000 while in Brazil, deliveries were up 11.9 percent to 591,800. Moreover, sales grew 61.6 percent in Russia and 59.7 percent in India. On the other hand, Europe brought a 1.7 percent decrease in sales while in Western Europe, sales fell 6.6 percent.
Germany is one of the few European countries that brought increased sales for Volkswagen Group, with deliveries up 1.5 percent to 482,000.