Volkswagen passenger cars brand sells 2.55 million vehicles globally in 2014

Even though Volkswagen entered the Indian car market in 2007 it has not yet found a proper footing in India. The German carmaker is struggling to boost its sales volumes due to heavy competition from heavyweights like Maruti and Hyundai.

What we may not know is that the Volkswagen passenger cars brand sold 2.55 million vehicles in the first five months of 2014 globally. Compared to May 2013 (511,000) sales deliveries grew by 3.9 percent with the car maker handing over 531,000 units to customers during May 2014. Volkswagen stated that the Asia-Pacific region remained the growth driver followed by Western Europe.

Press Release


Jun 10, 2014

4.4 percent increase from January to May

531,100 vehicles handed over in May / +3.9 percent

Wolfsburg, June 10, 2014 – The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.55 (January-May 2013: 2.44; +4.4 percent) million vehicles in the first five months of the year. Deliveries grew by 3.9 percent in May, with the brand handing over 531,100 (May 2013: 511,000) vehicles to customers during that month. “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has produced a very satisfactory performance so far this year – even though developments in the various sales regions have been mixed. The Asia-Pacific region remains the growth driver, followed by Western Europe”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 712,700 (688,800; +3.5 percent) vehicles on the overall European market from January to May, of which 372,300 (351,400; +6.0 percent) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). There was also an increase in deliveries in the home market of Germany, where customers took possession of 234,400 (229,300; +2.2 percent) new vehicles in the period to May. In contrast, there was a slight decrease in deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe, where Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 106,000 (108,200; -2.0 percent) units. In Russia, the company delivered 56,500 (62,600; -9.7 percent) vehicles to customers.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 235,400 (254,800; -7.6 percent) vehicles in the North America region, of which 150,300 (169,800; -11.5 percent) models were handed over to customers in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries for the period to May fell by 20.3 percent to 267,600 (335,700), of which 215,700 (255,200; -15.5 percent) units were handed over in Brazil.

The brand reported a substantial increase of 17.0 percent in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region for the period to May, handing over 1.25 (1.07) million vehicles to customers there, of which 1.16 (0.98; +18.6 percent) million units were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market, marking the first time that deliveries for this period topped the one million mark.

Source: VW media services