• July sales total 30,553  units
  • Golf GTI delivered 1,727 units for the month, marking a 39.7 percent increase in sales for the model over the previous July
  • Passat delivered 8,668 units for the month
  • Jetta sedan delivered 11,008  units for the month
  • Tiguan delivered 2,121units for the month
  • High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 7,062 units, representing 23.1 percent of sales in July

o  Year-to-date TDI sales were 49,202, representing 23.5 percent of sales

o  Passat TDI sales were 2,442, representing 28.2 percent of sales of the vehicle

Herndon, VA (August 1, 2014) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 30,553 units delivered in July.

The all-new Golf GTI is continuing its strong start with 1,727 vehicles delivered in July.  The seventh generation GTI has earned high praise, including being named the winner to the Today/MotorWeek “Cheap Speed Challenge.”  The challenge focused on compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks that cost less than $30,000 and come with features popular among drivers looking for performance in a new car.  In addition, the GTI triumphed over fierce competition to win a recent MotorTrend comparison test, taking top honors in the compact car segment. The all-new 2015 Golf TSI and TDI Clean Diesel models recently hit showrooms and will see a full month of sales in August.

“We’re thrilled with the early response to the all-new 2015 Golf GTI, which has already racked up some impressive accolades in both enthusiast and mainstream publications,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. “With the continued roll-out of the Golf family, including the Golf TDI Clean Diesel, the turbocharged TSI model and the upcoming e-Golf this fall, we are confident we will see more showroom traffic at our dealers in the weeks and months ahead.”

The Chattanooga-built Passat totaled 8,668 units delivered for the month. In July the Passat TDI, the only clean diesel in the midsize sedan segment, delivered 2,442 clean diesels or 28.2 percent of total Passat sales.

Last month Volkswagen announced they will be investing approximately US$900 million in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV at the Chattanooga, Tennessee manufacturing facility. The investment will create 2,000 additional jobs in the US and includes the establishment of a National Research & Development and Planning Center in Chattanooga. Production of the new vehicle will start at the end of 2016.

Total Jetta deliveries for June, including SportWagen, accounted for 13,142 units. The Tiguan and Touareg delivered 2,121 and 581 units respectively.

Recent News Highlights:

·        All-New 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Wins Cars.Com/USA Today/Motorweek “Cheap Speed Challenge” (July 28, 2014)

·        Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team Looking for Four Wins Out of Five in Charlotte (July 23, 2014)

·        Model Year 2015: New Golf Family, Redesigned Jetta, And New TDI® Clean Diesel Engine Head The Changes (July 22, 2014)

·        2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Named 2014 Northwest Green Vehicle Of The Year (July 21, 2014)

·        Tanner Foust First to Checkered Flag at Volkswagen Rallycross N.Y. (July 21, 2014)

·        New Midsize SUV From Volkswagen To Be Produced In Chattanooga (July 14, 2014)

·        Volkswagen Selects Bosch And ChargePoint As E-Golf Charging Solution Providers (July 10, 2014)

July 2014 Sales

July14 July13 Yr/Yr% change July 14  YTD July 13 YTD Yr/Yr% change
Golf               719              1,293 -44.4%            5,402          10,355 -47.8%
GTI            1,727              1,239 39.4%            8,498            7,790 9.1%
Golf R                 –                 134 -100.0%                 15            1,305 -98.9%
Total Golf R/Golf/GTI                 2,446                    2,666 -8.3%               13,915                19,450 -28.5%
Jetta Sedan          11,008            11,078 -0.6%          76,756          81,589 -5.9%
      SportWagen                  2,134              2,310 -7.6%          12,693          13,095 -3.1%
Total Jetta               13,142                 13,388 -1.8%               89,449                94,684 -5.5%
Beetle Coupe            1,281              2,715 -52.8%          10,521          15,425 -31.8%
     Convertible            1,171              2,541 -53.9%            8,059          11,018 -26.9%
Total Beetle                 2,452                    5,256 -53.3%               18,580                26,443 -29.7%
Eos               352                 337 4.5%            2,301            2,778 -17.2%
Passat            8,668            10,051 -13.8%          58,443          66,170 -11.7%
CC               790              1,053 -25.0%            6,743            9,296 -27.5%
Tiguan            2,121              2,270 -6.6%          15,295          17,796 -14.1%
Touareg               581                 603 -3.6%            3,868            4,933 -21.6%
Routan                   1                 155 -99.4%            1,103            1,021 8.0%
TOTAL               30,553                 35,779 -14.6%            209,697             242,571 -13.6%



  • First-half sales revenue only slightly up on the prior-year period at  EUR 98.8 billion dueto currency-related factors
  • Operating profit rises by 0.4 billion to EUR 6.2 billion
  • Profit before tax grows by 17.5 percent to EUR 7.8 billion
  • Net liquidity in Automotive Division remains high at EUR 14.0 billion

Wolfsburg, July 31, 2014 – The Volkswagen Group reported solid business growth in the first six months of 2014 despite the ongoing difficult market environment. At EUR 98.8 billion (EUR 98.7 billion), sales revenue in the first six months was only slightly up on the prior-year period due to significant negative exchange rate effects. Operating profit grew by 7.0 percent to EUR 6.2 billion (EUR 5.8 billion) and the operating return on sales rose to 6.3 percent (5.9 percent). The Group’s operating profit and sales revenue exclude the activities of the Chinese joint ventures, which are accounted for in the financial result using the equity method and are therefore not included in consolidated operating profit. The share of operating profit attributable to the Chinese joint ventures in the first half of 2014 was EUR 2.6 billion (EUR 2.4 billion).

The Volkswagen Group’s profit before tax amounted to EUR 7.8 billion (EUR 6.6 billion). The return on sales before tax rose to 7.9 percent (6.7 percent) in the first six months, due among other factors to measurement effects in the financial result. Profit after tax was EUR 5.7 billion (EUR 4.8 billion). “Despite headwinds, our financial performance in the first six months was good. In light of the continued strong competitive pressures, the tense situation in some emerging economies and the fundamental technical and economic changes happening in our industry, we are working hard to create all the conditions we need today to ensure success tomorrow. I am confident that we will not flinch from the path we have chosen”, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Global demand for passenger cars continued to rise in the first six months of 2014. However, the pace of growth eased off and trends were mixed at a regional level. The number of new registrations in the Asia-Pacific region, Western Europe, North America and Central Europe increased year-on-year, while the markets in South America and Eastern Europe recorded market volumes that were significantly lower year-on-year in some cases. “The macroeconomic situation has rarely been so volatile and fragmented – from exchange rates down to the declines in the emerging economies. That’s why it’s more important than ever before for us to stick to our disciplined cost and investment management and to maintain our solid financial position so that we can achieve our profitability targets and strategic goals for 2018”, said Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Pötsch.

Net liquidity in the Automotive Division remains high

Net liquidity in the Automotive Division amounted to EUR 14.0 billion at the end of June (December 31, 2013: EUR 16.9 billion). The acquisition of the Scania shares and the capital increase at the Financial Services Division reduced liquidity, while the capital increase from issuing new preferred shares and the successful placement of hybrid notes strengthened the Automotive Division’s capital base. Investments in property, plant and equipment (capex) in the Automotive Division declined slightly to EUR 3.6 billion (EUR 3.9 billion). The Volkswagen Group maintained its disciplined approach to investment with a ratio of capex to sales revenue in the Automotive Division of 4.1 percent (4.5 percent). Investments were made primarily in production facilities and in the models to be launched in 2014 and 2015, as well as in the ecological focus of the model range.

Brands and business fields

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded an operating profit of EUR 1.0 billion (EUR 1.5 billion) in the first six months of 2014. Operating profit was negatively impacted by lower volumes, negative exchange rate trends and higher upfront investments in new technologies. It should be noted that this figure does not include the Chinese joint ventures. The operating margin reached 2.1 percent (3.0 percent) in the first six months. The Volkswagen brand has launched an efficiency program in order to reach its target operating return on sales of at least six percent by no later than 2018.

Audi’s operating profit was roughly on a level with the previous year, at EUR 2.7 billion (EUR 2.6 billion). Earnings growth was impacted by negative exchange rate effects, high upfront investments in new products and technologies, as well as in the expansion of the international production network. The operating margin was 10.0 percent (10.5 percent).

ŠKODA generated an operating profit of EUR 425 million (EUR 243 million) in the first half of 2014, a considerable increase compared with the previous year on the back of volume and mix-related factors. The operating margin in the first six months was 7.1 percent (4.9 percent).

Positive volume, mix and product cost effects helped SEAT improve its operating result to EUR – 37 million (EUR – 40 million).

Bentley’s operating profit climbed year-on-year to EUR 95 million (EUR 58 million), and its operating margin was 10.7 percent (8.3 percent).

Porsche recorded an operating profit of EUR 1.4 billion (EUR 1.3 billion) and an operating margin of 17.1 percent (18.4 percent) in the first six months.

Operating profit at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles rose by 13.5 percent year-on-year to EUR 280 million (EUR 246 million). The operating margin was 5.9 percent (5.2 percent).

Scania posted an operating profit of EUR 476 million (EUR 464 million) and an operating margin of 9.4 percent (9.1 percent). MAN generated an operating profit of EUR 222 million (previous year: operating loss of EUR 124 million) and an operating return on sales of 3.3 percent.

Volkswagen Financial Services generated an operating profit of EUR 776 million (EUR 696 million) in the first six months of 2014, a year-on-year increase of 11.5 percent. Worldwide 2.3 million new financing, leasing and service/insurance contracts were signed
(+ 16.1 percent).

Winterkorn: “We want to be a leader in shaping the future of the automobile.”

The Volkswagen Group will press ahead with its product initiative across all brands in 2014, modernizing and expanding its offering by introducing attractive new vehicles. Volkswagen is expecting a moderate increase in deliveries to customers in fiscal year 2014. Challenges for the Group will come from the difficult market environment and fierce competition, as well as interest rate and exchange rate volatility and fluctuations in raw materials prices. Volkswagen believes that the modular toolkit system, which is being continuously expanded, will have an increasingly positive effect on the Group’s cost structure.

The outlook for the current year was reiterated. Depending on economic conditions, Volkswagen is expecting 2014 sales revenue for the Group and its business areas to move within a range of 3 percent around the prior-year figure. In terms of the Group’s operating profit, Volkswagen is forecasting an operating return on sales of between 5.5 percent and 6.5 percent in 2014 in light of the challenging economic environment, and the same range for the Passenger Cars Business Area.

The Group expects the Commercial Vehicles/Power Engineering Business Area to moderately exceed the 2013 figure. Volkswagen anticipates an operating return on sales of between 8.0 percent and 9.0 percent in the Financial Services Division.

“Our Group has recorded strong growth in recent years. This offers us many opportunities across all of our brands to become more efficient and to leverage synergies – our urgent priority is now to exploit this potential”, said Winterkorn, adding: “Our ambition is to be a leader in shaping the future of the automobile. We are now creating the conditions for doing that with our ‘Future Tracks’, our Group wide future and efficiency orientated program.”

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