“The Volkswagen brand has made a good start to the second half of the year with a strong delivery performance in July. Our young and innovative product range has helped us maintain the brisk momentum,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg.
Deliveries in Europe amounted to 1.02 million cars, representing an 8.2 percent increase over last year. More than half of these went to Western Europe - 556,500 (2.8 percent more than last year) units in the region, excluding Germany.
However, it’s Central and Eastern where developments were more impressive, as a 44 percent jump in sales was reported there. The crucial Russian market accounted for more than half of there, and sales there doubled.
In Asia, Volkswagen delivered 1.1 million cars, 15.9 percent more than it did a year ago, of which 991,800 went straight to China, the largest single market.
Demand in North America grew by 22 percent in the first seven months of the year adding up to 280,900 new VWs in the period to July. The South American region also proved crucial, as the brand announced 444,100 deliveries here, representing an increase of 7.5 percent over the 413,300 achieved last year.
So, demand in China only grew by 12.9 percent, while Russia more than doubled. Not long before VW finds a new focus of attention.