VOLKSWAGEN GROUP SALES IN JANUARY 2017

  • Global deliveries in January slightly below previous year
  • Special effects in China
  • Positive developments especially in Europe and the USA

In January 2017, the Volkswagen brand handed over 495,900 vehicles to customers throughout the world, corresponding to a fall of 4.9% compared with the previous year. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, commented: “The Volkswagen brand started 2017 successfully. Worldwide deliveries may be slightly below the value for the previous year, but this is solely due to special effects in the major market of China. All the other reported gratifying increases compared with the previous year.”

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen brand:

Deliveries to customers by markets

January
2016

January
2017

Change
(%)

Europe

121,100

126,700

+4.7

Western Europe

106,200

109,100

+2.7

      Germany

40,600

38,600

-5.1

Central and Eastern Europe

14,900

17,600

+18.7

      Russia

4,500

4,600

+2.8

North America

38,600

41,400

+7.4

      USA

20,100

23,500

+17.1

South America

29,000

32,500

+12.0

      Brazil

19,500

16,700

-14.6

Asia-Pacific

320,400

283,100

-11.6

      China

306,900

270,800

-11.8

 
Worldwide

521,400

495,900

-4.9

 

The main trends in January were as follows:

–      In Europe, deliveries rose by 4.7 percent compared with the previous year, to 126,700 vehicles. This positive development was buoyed especially by the markets of Italy (+29.6 percent) and Spain (+12.8 percent. This good performance was based on strong demand for the new Tiguan.

–      In the home market of Germany, 38,600 vehicles were handed over to customers, corresponding to a slight fall of 5.1 percent. As in previous months, the main reason for this fall was the extension of the leasing term for employees.

–      In the USA, deliveries increased significantly by 17.1 percent to 23,500 vehicles. New sales records were reported in January for the Tiguan, Golf estate (SportWagon) and e-Golf.

–      South America reported growth of 12.0 percent to 32,500 vehicles. This is a result of special effects in Argentina. In January 2016, deliveries had been especially low as a result of difficult economic and political conditions. As a result, the figure for January 2017 was considerably higher.

–      In China, Volkswagen’s largest sales market, special effects resulted in a fall in sales of 11.8 percent to 270,800 vehicles at the beginning of the year. This was due to the significant reduction in tax concessions for vehicles of smaller displacement classes as of the end of 2016. In addition, January had one less working day than in 2016 as a result of the Chinese New Year festivities.

–      In India, the new Ameo resulted in an increase of 17.7% in deliveries. This model was developed especially for the Indian market and was introduced successfully in 2016.

 

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DELIVERS 813,700 IN JANUARY

  • Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales: “Outside China, the Group recorded solid growth of 4.9 percent in its worldwide markets.”

In January, the Volkswagen Group handed over 813,700 vehicles to customers worldwide. “Following strong growth last year, special effects in China affected deliveries at the beginning of the year. Especially the early date of the Chinese New Year, the increase in tax on vehicles with small engines and temporary restraint in planning on the part of Audi dealers had an impact on the sales results for January. However, we expect to continue healthy growth in China this year,” said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commenting on the figures for January. “Outside China, the Group recorded solid growth of 4.9 percent in its worldwide markets,” Kappler added.

In Europe, the Group boosted deliveries by 7.0 percent and handed 312,900 vehicles over to customers. Group deliveries in Western Europe rose by 5.8 percent. Of 262,900 vehicles delivered, the home market of Germany accounted for 91,100 units. Central and Eastern European markets improved their delivery figures by 13.6 percent, handing 50,000 vehicles over to customers in the region. There was a slight increase in deliveries in Russia to 9,800 vehicles (+1.3 percent).

In January, the Group handed 66,600 vehicles over to customers in America, representing growth of 9.0 percent. With 41,500 deliveries to customers (+14.0 percent), the US market made a solid start in the new year. In South America, the Group delivered 39,600 vehicles   (+8.6 percent).

Special effects in China had an adverse impact on January deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region. In the first month of the year, 368,000 vehicles were delivered in the region, including 344,000 vehicles handed over to customers in China – a fall of 14.0 percent.

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen Group:

Deliverers to customers by markets

January
2017

January
2016

Change
(%)

Europe

312,900

292,600

+7.0

Western Europe

262,900

248,600

+5.8

          Germany

91,100

89,700

+1.6

Central and Eastern Europe

50,000

44,000

+13.6

          Russia

9,800

9,700

+1.3

North America

66,600

61,100

+9.0

          USA

41,500

36,400

+14.0

South America

39,600

36,500

+8.6

          Brazil

19,300

23,500

-18.0

Asia-Pacific

368,000

427,200

-13.9

          China

344,000

400,100

-14.0

 

Worldwide

813,700

847,800

-4.0

 

Deliveries to customers by brands

January
2017

January
2016

Change
(%)

Volkswagen Passenger Cars

495,900

521,400

-4.9

Audi

124,000

143,300

-13.5

ŠKODA

93,800

91,600

+2.4

SEAT

32,300

27,700

+16.5

Porsche

20,000

19,900

+0.4

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

35,000

31,200

+12.1

MAN

6,400

6,800

-5.0

Scania

5,500

5,400

+3.3

       
Volkswagen Group (total)

813,700

847,800

-4.0

 

 

 



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