To be more precise, the company finished the group with 1.97 deliveries , a new all time high for the period. The 13.7 percent increase means Europe’s largest automaker also clearly outperformed the overall market in that period, which grew by only 8.1 percent. March sales contributed significantly to this, with 767,200 which is also a new record.
“Developments in the first quarter were excellent. Growth regions such as China, India or Russia again produced a strong performance. And delivery figures for our innovative and young model range remained high in the mature markets in Western Europe and North America as well,” Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
We’ve already told you what Volkswagen Passenger Cars did, so let’s focus on the other main brands - Audi, Skoda and Seat. First off, Audi delivered 312,600 vehicles worldwide from January to March, an 18.4 percent increase over the 264,000 of last year’s first quarter. Sales were up 24.6 percent in China, 19.1 percent in the USA and 13.7 percent in the home market of Germany.
The Czech automaker Skoda announced deliveries of 217,100 cars, up 21.4 percent over the 178,900 noted last year. It did particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe, where 51,300 (39,700; +29.4 percent) vehicles were delivered from January to March.
Meanwhile, SEAT’s result were less than spectacular, managing only 90,800 units - a 2.8 percent increase. However, sales in Germany grew by 24.5 percent, while the French (up 19.7%) and Italian (up 19.5%) results were also pleasing.