Volkswagen Group Delivered 9 Million Vehicles in 2012!

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They might not have overtaken Toyota yet, but Volkswagen Group have managed a record 2012 nevertheless. During the 12-month period, the German conglomerate managed to deliver over 9 million vehicles, a first for them.
The company’s figures show 9.07 million vehicles sold, representing a 11.2 percent increase over the 8.16 million of 2011. The Group also finished the month of December with a 20.7 percent increase, delivering 784,300.

Strong growth was reported in the North American and Asian-Pacific regions. Despite the slowing economy, European demand only shrank by 0.3% last year.

“The Volkswagen Group developed extremely well in difficult conditions. 2012 was the best sales year ever. This is another big step forward in our Strategy 2018. Tough challenges lie ahead. The Volkswagen Group has everything it takes to face these challenges and to play a leading role on world markets,” said Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft’s Board of Management, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn.

“All the brands in our Group contributed to this very good delivery performance in 2012. This is an excellent team achievement. We are still keeping a vigilant eye on the future, because the present uncertainties will intensify this year, particularly in Western Europe. The markets are challenging and competition is also getting tougher,” added Group Board Member for Sales, Christian Klingler.
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