VOLKSWAGEN BRAND SETS DELIVERY RECORD IN 2017

  • 10.74 million customers chose a vehicle from the Volkswagen Group in 2017
  • CEO Matthias Müller: “We are grateful to our customers for their trust. We will continue to do everything we can to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers all over the world.”
  • 999,800 vehicles delivered in December (+8.5 percent)

Wolfsburg, January 17, 2018 — The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles than ever before in fiscal year 2017: 10.74 million customers worldwide chose a vehicle from the Volkswagen Group. As a result, Group deliveries rose 4.3 percent compared with the previous year. At almost one million units, deliveries in December were up by a clear 8.5 percent. Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, said: “The all-time record for deliveries is above all attributable to a strong team performance by all Group brands and employees. We are grateful to our customers for the trust these figures reflect. We will continue to do everything we can in 2018 to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers all over the world.”

The Group handed over 4.3 million vehicles to customers in Europe in the full year 2017, representing growth of 3.3 percent. 338,700 new vehicles were delivered in December (+3.1 percent), of which 97,500 (+5.0 percent) were handed over to customers in the home market of Germany. Recovery in the Russian market had a positive impact on the performance in Central and Eastern Europe, and led to growth of 13.2 percent for the full year 2017. 21,000 vehicles (+25.8 percent) were delivered to customers in Russia in December.

Group deliveries in the North America region rose by 4.0 percent to 976,400 units in 2017, of which 625,100 vehicles (+5.8 percent) were handed over to customers in the U.S. market. In line with the overall trend on the passenger car market in the U.S., Volkswagen Group deliveries in December were down 2.7 percent to 91,500 units. In Brazil, 24,700 customers (+2.4 percent) took delivery of a new Group vehicle. Driven by the recovery in the Brazilian market, deliveries by the Volkswagen Group in the South America region for the full year 2017 were 23.7 percent higher than 2016.

Group deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in 2017 rose by 4.3 percent compared with the previous year to 4.5 million, of which 4.2 million new vehicles (+5.1 percent) were delivered to customers in China during the twelve-month period. There was a strong boost in deliveries in the largest single market at the end of the year: 460,100 new vehicles were handed over to customers in China in December – an increase of 17.8 percent.

“We are making decisive investments in the mobility of tomorrow, using funds from our own resources: in e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization. At the same time, we continue to systematically develop present technologies and vehicles. The excellent delivery figures confirm that this is the right approach”, Müller commented.

Deliveries to customers by markets

December
2017

December
2016

Change (%)

Jan- Dec.
2017

Jan- Dec.
2016

Change (%)

Europe

338,700

328,600

+3.1

4,328,500

4,190,600

+3.3

Western Europe

271,900

270,500

+0.6

3,583,900

3,533,000

+1.4

       Germany

97,500

92,800

+5.0

1,286,500

1,292,000

-0.4

Central and Eastern Europe

66,800

58,100

+14.9

744,600

657,700

+13.2

       Russia

21,000

16,700

+25.8

191,700

167,000

+14.8

North America

91,500

94,100

-2.7

976,400

939,200

+4.0

       USA

61,600

64,900

-5.2

625,100

591,100

+5.8

South America

38,500

36,700

+4.9

521,600

421,500

+23.7

       Brazil

24,700

24,100

+2.4

308,000

257,700

+19.5

Asia-Pacific

489,300

417,800

+17.1

4,505,800

4,318,600

+4.3

       China

460,100

390,600

+17.8

4,184,200

3,982,100

+5.1

 

 
Worldwide

999,800

921,700

+8.5

10,741,500

10,297,000

+4.3

 

Deliveries to customers by brands

December
2017

December
2016

Change (%)

Jan- Dec.
2017

Jan- Dec.
2016

Change (%)

Volkswagen Passenger Cars

594,100

562,400

+5.6

6,230,200

5,980,300

+4.2

Audi

180,200

155,200

+16.2

1,878,100

1,867,700

+0.6

ŠKODA

107,500

90,200

+19.2

1,200,500

1,126,500

+6.6

SEAT

33,000

29,200

+13.0

468,400

408,700

+14.6

Porsche

19,600

19,500

+0.6

246,400

237,800

+3.6

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

42,700

44,400

-3.9

497,900

478,000

+4.2

MAN

11,900

10,700

+10.8

114,100

102,200

+11.6

Scania

9,200

8,200

+12.8

90,800

81,300

+11.6

,            
Volkswagen Group (total)

999,800

921,700

+8.5

10,741,500

10,297,000

+4.3

 


  • 6.23 million vehicles handed over to customers worldwide
  • Deliveries up 4.2 percent on previous year
  • Most successful December in history of Volkswagen brand
  • Tiguan family with record deliveries

Wolfsburg – The Volkswagen brand handed over a total of 6.23 million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, making last year the most successful yet in the history of the brand. China, the largest single market, is the main driver of this positive development. More than 3 million vehicles were delivered there for the first time last year, an increase of 5.9 percent compared with 2016.

Volkswagen launched the biggest model offensive in the brand’s history in 2017 under its “TRANSFORM 2025+” strategy. Vehicle deliveries already made significant gains during the course of the year. Volkswagen also set a new delivery record for December, handing over 594,100 vehicles (+5.6 percent) to customers worldwide. Delivery figures for the Tiguan family were 38 percent up on the previous year, and at over 720,000 units worldwide this family is more successful than ever before.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, said: “We are delighted with the strong demand for our vehicles and with the brand’s positive momentum in recent months. I would like to thank our customers for placing their trust in us, and our retail partners for doing an excellent job. I am particularly pleased to see that incoming orders for electric vehicles in Germany and Europe have tripled compared with 2016. We will be stepping up the pace of our model offensive even further in 2018, with momentum coming from important new models such as the Polo, T-Roc and Touareg.”

Deliveries in the regions and markets in December developed as follows:

  • At 136,400 new vehicles, deliveries in Europe were 6 percent higher than the previous year. The Volkswagen brand reported strong growth in Belgium (+17.8 percent) and Denmark (+10.4 percent). The positive trend was primarily driven by high demand for the Golf and Tiguan as well as the successful market launch of the new Polo.
  • At 42,000 units, deliveries in Germany in December rose by 8.4 percent. Orders in Germany continue to show a noticeable upward trend, in part attributable to positive momentum from the environmental incentive.
  • Volkswagen recorded strong growth of 8 percent in Central and Eastern Europe in December. Compared with December 2016, this trend was particularly pronounced in Poland (+27.9 percent) and Russia (+35.2 percent).
  • At 51,600 vehicles, deliveries in North America were 3 percent lower than the same month last year. While the number of vehicles handed over to customers in the USA in December declined by 18.7 percent, deliveries for the full year 2017 rose by a pleasing 5.2 percent. This is the first increase in deliveries since 2013. Canada reported an impressive 53.7 percent increase for the last month of the year, delivering 4,200 vehicles. This trend was again driven by the Golf Alltrack and the Atlas as well as the Tiguan launched in August.
  • 30,200 vehicles were handed over to customers in South America, representing an increase of 4 percent compared with the previous year.
  • In China, the Volkswagen brand posted new records both for December and for the full Deliveries to customers there increased by 12.9 percent, or approx. 39,000 vehicles, in December compared with the same month last year. As a result, the figures for December were the best-ever monthly figures for China. At 3.18 million, deliveries in China for the full year topped the 3 million mark for the first time.

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen brand in 2017:

Deliveries to customers bymarkets December

2016

December

2017

Change

(%)

Jan.-Dec.

2016

Jan.-Dec.

2017

Change
(%)
Europe 134,300 136,400 +1.6 1,690,300 1,688,100 -0.1
Western Europe 114,100 111,400 -2.4 1,466,100 1,429,200 -2.5
Germany 38,800 42,000 +8.4 557,800 531,600 -4.7
Centraland Eastern Europe 20,200 25,000 +23.8 224,200 259,000 +15.5
Russia 7,600 10,300 +35.2 74,200 89,400 +20.4
North America 58,800 51,600 -12.3 580,600 591,600 +1.9
USA 37,200 30,300 -18.7 322,900 339,700 +5.2
South America 30,100 30,200 +0.4 335,400 419,200 +25.0
Brazil 21,400 21,000 -2.3 218,200 261,100 +19.7
Asia-Pacific 317,300 356,300 +12.3 3,171,700 3,342,800 +5.4
China 303,100 342,100 +12.9 2,999,300 3,177,300 +5.9
Worldwide 562,400 594,100 +5.6 5,980,300 6,230,200 +4.2


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