VOLKSWAGEN BRAND REPORTS 2016 YEAR SALES

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DELIVERS 10.3 MILLION VEHICLES IN 2016

  • 933,300 vehicles delivered in December (+11.8 percent)
  • CEO Matthias Müller: “The fact that we handed over more than 10 million vehicles to customers last year bolsters the Group and its brands as we head for the future.”

The Volkswagen Group delivered 10.3 million vehicles to customers worldwide last year, a rise of 3.8 percent compared with the prior-year figure. Deliveries in December rose by 11.8 percent to 933,300 vehicles. Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, commented: “2016 was a very challenging year for us. We made strides in resolving and overcoming the diesel crisis and at the same time initiated a fundamental change process with ‘Together – Strategy 2025′ to get Volkswagen ready for the future of mobility. Nonetheless, we managed to stabilize operating business in difficult conditions: the fact that we handed over more than 10 million vehicles to customers last year bolsters the Group and its brands as we head for the future.”

Full-year deliveries by the Volkswagen Group brands in Europe in 2016 totaled 4.2 million units (+4.0 percent), of which 340,600 new vehicles (+9.2 percent) were handed over to customers in December. Deliveries by the Group in Western Europe in December rose by 9.2 percent to 282,100 units. The Company recorded strong growth in the UK, Italy and France in December. 92,900 vehicles were handed over to customers in Germany in December – a decrease of 2.6 percent. Deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe during the same month rose by 8.8 percent to 58,500 units.

The Group handed over 939,100 new vehicles (+0.8 percent) to customers in the North America region last year. 94,000 vehicles were delivered in this region in December, an increase of 10.3 percent. Deliveries in the USA (+16.1 percent) contributed decisively to this positive trend. The Group delivered 36,500 vehicles in South America in December – a rise of 5.0 percent compared with the previous year.

4.3 million new vehicles (+9.7 percent) were delivered in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016, of which 4.0 million (+12.2 percent) were handed over to customers in China. Group deliveries to the Chinese market rose by 18.6 percent in December, with customers taking possession of 390,600 vehicles.

“In 2017 we will be intensifying our efforts in the major technological fields of the future, in e-mobility, autonomous vehicles, the digitalization of our products and our Company. At the same time, though, we will not be neglecting today’s core business. Our Group brands will be putting almost 60 new vehicles on the road for their customers during the coming year”, Müller said. “Apart from entirely new concepts, these include many of the brands’ core models such as the new Volkswagen Polo and Touareg, ŠKODA Yeti, SEAT Ibiza, Porsche Cayenne, Audi A8 and Bentley Continental GT. We are also systematically continuing with our e-mobility offensive and will be launching more than 10 new models with electric drives in 2017/18.”

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen Group:

Deliveries to customers
by markets

December
2016

December
2015

Change
(%)

Jan.-
December
2016

Jan.-
December
2015

Change (%)

Europe

340,600

312,000

+9.2

4,206,500

4,046,200

+4.0

Western Europe

282,100

258,200

+9.2

3,548,500

3,431,000

+3.4

      Germany

92,900

95,400

-2.6

1,292,000

1,289,300

+0.2

Central and Eastern Europe

58,500

53,800

+8.8

658,100

615,200

+7.0

      Russia

16,600

16,400

+0.9

166,900

174,400

-4.3

North America

94,000

85,200

+10.3

939,100

931,900

+0.8

      USA

65,000

56,000

+16.1

591,100

607,100

-2.6

South America

36,500

34,700

+5.0

421,300

558,600

-24.6

      Brazil

24,200

25,200

-4.0

257,800

390,000

-33.9

Asia-Pacific

418,000

361,100

+15.7

4,318,700

3,935,100

+9.7

      China

390,600

329,200

+18.6

3,982,200

3,548,600

+12.2

 

Worldwide

933,300

834,700

+11.8

10,312,400

9,930,500

+3.8

 

Deliveries to customers
by brands

December 2016

December
2015

Change (%)

Jan.-
December
2016

Jan.-
December
2015

Change (%)

Volkswagen Passenger Cars

567.900

487.700

+16,4

5.987.800

5.823.400

+2,8

Audi

157.400

158.400

-0,6

1.871.300

1.803.200

+3,8

ŠKODA

91.500

86.600

+5,7

1.127.700

1.055.500

+6,8

SEAT

30.500

28.300

+8,0

410.200

400.000

+2,6

Porsche

19.500

15.200

+28,0

237.800

225.100

+5,6

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

46.200

40.500

+14,2

480.100

430.800

+11,4

MAN

10.700

9.800

+9,7

102.200

102.500

-0,2

Scania (expected figures)

7.600

6.500

+17,8

80.800

76.600

+5,5

             
Volkswagen Group (total)

933.300

834.700

+11,8

10.312.400

9.930.500

+3,8

 

 

VOLKSWAGEN BRAND FINISHES 2016 ON GENERALLY POSITIVE NOTE AS FULL-YEAR DELIVERIES RISE TO 5.99 MILLION VEHICLES

  • 2.8 percent increase in deliveries compared with the whole of 2015
  • 16.4 percent rise in December compared with the previous year
  • China continues to drive the positive trend
  • Encouraging results in all sales regions in December compared with the previous year

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand finished 2016 with full-year vehicle deliveries 2.8 percent up on the figure for 2015. 5.99 million vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, some 164,000 more than in 2015. Deliveries grew by 16.4 percent in December, when a total of 567,900 vehicles were handed over to customers. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, commented: “The Volkswagen brand ended 2016 on a successful note. Almost 6 million customers chose our brand – and remained loyal to us in challenging times. These encouraging results at the close of 2016 give us confidence for 2017 – a year in which there will be several important product premieres in all regions.”

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen brand in 2016:

Deliveries to customers
by markets
December
2016
December
2015
Change (%) Jan. – Dec.
2016
Jan. – Dec.
2015
Change (%)
Europe 139,800 133,300 +4.9% 1,697,700 1,713,500 -0.9%
Western Europe 119,500 114,300 +4.5% 1,473,500 1,503,800 -2.0%
      Germany 38,800 45,200 -14.3%* 557,800 601,000 -7.2%
Central and Eastern Europe 20,200 19,000 +6.3% 224,200 209,700 +6.9%
      Russia 7,600 7,900 -3.8% 74,200 78,400 -5.4%
North America 58,800 52,700 +11.6% 580,600 592,100 -1.9%
      USA 37,200 31,000 +20.0% 322,900 349,400 -7.6%
South America 30,100 27,000 +11.5% 335,400 458,200 -26.8%
      Brazil 21,400 20,800 +2.9% 218,200 335,600 -35.0%
Asia-Pacific 317,300 251,800 +26.0% 3,171,700 2,836,100 +11.8%
      China 303,100 235,500 +28.7% 2,999,300 2,630,000 +14.0%
Worldwide 567,900 487,700 +16.4% 5,987,800 5,823,400 +2.8%

*Systemic decline due to adjustment in ownership period

The main trends in December are outlined below: the good performance in Europe, the USA and – after some difficult months – also in South America is particularly worth mentioning.

  • On the home market of Germany there was another noticeable decrease in December compared with the previous year, with deliveries down 14.3 percent to 38,800 units, chiefly as the result of a systemic decline due to an extension in the leasing term for employees. Referred to the full year, the performance on the German market declined by 7.2 percent.
  • Some of the major markets in Western Europe put up a good performance compared with the previous year;
    France: +35.8 percent, Netherlands: +29.1 percent, Italy: +29.5 percent. This was mainly due to strong demand for the Polo and Tiguan models.
  • Over 37,200 vehicles were delivered in the USA, a substantial increase of 20.3 percent compared with the previous year. This was in part due to the newly-launched Golf Alltrack and the facelift Passat. These models lifted demand compared with December 2015.
  •  Deliveries in Brazil ran at 21,400 units, an increase of 2.9 percent compared with the previous year. This was attributable to full resumption of production along with successful marketing measures.
  • China, Volkswagen’s largest sales market, was once again the key driver of the positive trend, with 303,100 vehicles (+28.7 percent) handed over to customers there. The Middle Kingdom broke the record not only for December deliveries but also for full-year deliveries.
  • Mexico maintained the good sales performance of previous months, with deliveries in December 9.3 percent higher than the previous year.


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