The Volkswagen Group delivered 8,265,012 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2011, 1,061,828 or 14.7% more than in the previous year. The chart on Global demand shows that the delivery figures were higher in all twelve months of the reporting period than in the same months of the previous year. We discuss deliveries of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as well as deliveries of trucks and buses separately in the following.

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DELIVERIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

%

Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles

 

8,160,154

 

7,139,472

 

+14.3

Trucks and buses

 

104,585

 

63,712

 

+64.6

Total

 

8,265,012

 

7,203,184

 

+14.7

PASSENGER CAR AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DELIVERIES WORLDWIDE

With its brands, the Volkswagen Group has a presence in all key automotive markets around the world. Western Europe, China, Brazil, the USA, Russia, Argentina and Mexico are currently the key sales markets for the Group. The Group continued to extend its strong competitive position in 2011 thanks to its attractive and environmentally friendly model offering. We have increased our market share in key core markets and again recorded an encouraging global increase in demand.

WORLDWIDE DELIVERIES OF THE GROUP’S MOST SUCCESSFUL MODELS IN 2011
Vehicles in thousands

Worldwide deliveries of the group’s most successful models in 2011 (bar chart)

The Volkswagen Group delivered 8,160,154 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to customers across the world in the reporting period, beating the previous year’s record amount by 14.3%. With the exception of Bugatti, all Group brands increased their prior-year sales figures. In particular, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, ŠKODA, Bentley, Lamborghini and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands recorded impressive growth rates for the period. In fiscal year 2011, demand for Volkswagen Group models was higher than in the prior-year period in virtually all markets. The table on below gives an overview of deliveries to customers by market and of the respective passenger car market shares held by the Volkswagen Group in fiscal year 2011. We explain demand trends for Group models in the individual markets in the following sections.

Deliveries in Europe/Remaining markets

In fiscal 2011, our deliveries to customers in Western Europe were up on the previous year’s level, in spite of the slight decline in passenger car markets in several countries. Our passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Western Europe accounted for 38.4% (previous year: 40.3%) of the Group’s delivery volume. All volume brands increased sales in the reporting period as against the previous year. The Touran, Passat saloon, Passat estate, ŠKODA Fabia estate, ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Octavia estate and Caddy generated the highest growth rates. Demand for the new Jetta, Sharan, Audi A1, Audi A7 Sportback, SEAT Ibiza ST and SEAT Alhambra models was also very encouraging. The Volkswagen Group’s share of the total passenger car market in Western Europe increased from 21.0% to 23.0%. In Central and Eastern Europe, the Volkswagen Group’s sales figures were up 29.4% year-on-year. Sales in Russia and Ukraine recorded the highest increases. We sold 74.4% more vehicles in the reporting period than in the previous year in the Russian passenger car market. In Central and Eastern Europe, almost all models from Volkswagen Passenger Cars, the A6 and A8 from Audi, all ŠKODA models, the SEAT Altea, Multivan/Transporter and the Caddy saw higher demand than in the previous year. The new Sharan, Polo notchback, Audi A1, Audi A7 Sportback, SEAT Ibiza ST, SEAT Alhambra and Amarok models were also highly popular.

In South Africa, the Volkswagen Group benefited from the boom in the automotive sector, increasing its sales figures by 39.4%. Our entry-level models were particularly sought-after. The market share held by the Group in South Africa increased to 22.7% (previous year: 19.9%).

The Volkswagen Group recorded a rise of 20.8% in deliveries in the Middle East region.

Deliveries in Germany

Deliveries to Volkswagen Group customers in the German passenger car market rose 11.4% in the reporting period. Delivery volumes in the previous year were adversely affected by the end of the government scrapping premium. The Touran, Tiguan, Passat saloon, Passat estate, Audi TT, ŠKODA Fabia hatchback, ŠKODA Yeti, ŠKODA Octavia estate, SEAT Altea and Caddy models recorded the highest growth rates. The new Jetta, Sharan, Audi Q3, Audi A7 Sportback, SEAT Ibiza ST and SEAT Alhambra models were also received positively. At the end of the reporting period, six Volkswagen Group models led the Kraftfahrtbundesamt ( KBA – German Federal Motor Transport Authority) registration statistics in their respective segments: the Polo, Golf, Passat, Touran, Tiguan and Caddy. The Golf continued to top the list of the most frequently registered passenger cars in Germany. We increased the high level of the Group’s market share in the German passenger car market to 35.9% (previous year: 35.1%), further cementing our market leadership.

Deliveries in North America

In the reporting period, deliveries to Volkswagen Group customers in the US market were up 23.3%. Demand for the Jetta, Tiguan, Touareg, Audi TT, Audi Q5, Audi Q7 and Audi A8 models was encouraging. Our sales figures for the Canadian market rose by 16.3% year-on-year. The Jetta, Touareg, Audi A4, Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 models recorded the highest growth rates here. The Volkswagen Group delivered 18.4% more vehicles in Mexico than in the previous year. Demand for the Jetta and SEAT Ibiza models was particularly strong.

Deliveries in South America

Demand in the South American markets grew by 5.1% year-on-year. Sales figures in the Brazilian market declined slightly (–1.0%). The main reason for this was customer uncertainty due to the increased taxes on import vehicles at the end of the year together with the high intensity of competition in this market. The Space Fox and Voyage models were very popular. The sales figures for the Saveiro and T2 light commercial vehicles increased by 7.6%. The number of Volkswagen Group vehicles sold in Argentina climbed by 33.0% year-on-year. High demand for the Fox, Gol, Voyage and Bora models was the main driver. The Group extended its leadership position in the Argentinian market with a passenger car market share of 25.1% (previous year: 24.2%).

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PASSENGER CAR AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DELIVERIES
TO CUSTOMERS BY MARKET1

 

 

Deliveries (units)

 

Change (%)

 

Share of passenger car market (%)

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

1

Deliveries and market shares for 2010 have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends.

2

Overall markets in the USA, Mexico and Canada include passenger cars and light trucks.

Europe/Remaining markets

 

3,990,283

 

3,561,669

 

+12.0

 

 

 

 

Western Europe

 

3,129,835

 

2,881,876

 

+8.6

 

23.0

 

21.0

of which: Germany

 

1,153,070

 

1,034,850

 

+11.4

 

35.9

 

35.1

United Kingdom

 

408,875

 

377,496

 

+8.3

 

19.3

 

17.2

France

 

299,317

 

267,856

 

+11.7

 

12.8

 

11.2

Italy

 

244,953

 

241,121

 

+1.6

 

13.1

 

11.5

Spain

 

212,549

 

244,811

 

–13.2

 

24.7

 

23.8

Central and Eastern Europe

 

547,582

 

423,209

 

+29.4

 

13.7

 

13.4

of which: Russia

 

228,977

 

131,278

 

+74.4

 

8.8

 

7.0

Czech Republic

 

82,873

 

81,226

 

+2.0

 

45.4

 

45.6

Poland

 

73,375

 

80,133

 

–8.4

 

22.6

 

22.3

Remaining markets

 

312,866

 

256,584

 

+21.9

 

 

 

 

of which: Turkey

 

107,899

 

84,666

 

+27.4

 

13.7

 

11.9

South Africa

 

99,407

 

71,302

 

+39.4

 

22.7

 

19.9

North America2

 

666,847

 

549,238

 

+21.4

 

3.9

 

3.7

of which: USA

 

444,331

 

360,287

 

+23.3

 

3.5

 

3.1

Mexico

 

153,016

 

129,208

 

+18.4

 

16.9

 

15.7

Canada

 

69,500

 

59,743

 

+16.3

 

4.4

 

3.8

South America

 

933,259

 

887,867

 

+5.1

 

18.9

 

19.6

of which: Brazil

 

704,706

 

711,523

 

–1.0

 

22.3

 

22.9

Argentina

 

178,170

 

134,004

 

+33.0

 

25.1

 

24.2

Asia-Pacific

 

2,569,765

 

2,140,698

 

+20.0

 

11.3

 

9.6

of which: China

 

2,258,614

 

1,923,454

 

+17.4

 

18.2

 

16.8

India

 

111,637

 

53,341

 

x

 

4.9

 

2.5

Japan

 

71,729

 

63,996

 

+12.1

 

2.0

 

1.5

Worldwide

 

8,160,154

 

7,139,472

 

+14.3

 

12.3

 

11.3

Volkswagen Passenger Cars

 

5,090,849

 

4,502,832

 

+13.1

 

 

 

 

Audi

 

1,302,659

 

1,092,411

 

+19.2

 

 

 

 

ŠKODA

 

879,184

 

762,600

 

+15.3

 

 

 

 

SEAT

 

350,009

 

339,501

 

+3.1

 

 

 

 

Bentley

 

7,003

 

5,117

 

+36.9

 

 

 

 

Lamborghini

 

1,602

 

1,302

 

+23.0

 

 

 

 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

 

528,810

 

435,669

 

+21.4

 

 

 

 

Bugatti

 

38

 

40

 

–5.0

 

 

 

 

Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region

As a result of several government subsidy programs expiring, demand for passenger cars in 2011 grew only slightly in the Asia-Pacific region, which had been the strongest-growing region in 2010 in terms of passenger car sales. Nevertheless, the Volkswagen Group sold 20.0% more vehicles in this region than in the previous year. In the Chinese passenger car market, the Group sold 17.4% more passenger cars and light commercial vehicles year-on-year. Virtually all models contributed to this positive result. We extended our leadership of the Chinese market with a market share of 18.2% (previous year: 16.8%). In the Japanese market, we increased sales by 12.1% year-on-year. Demand increased for the Touran, Passat estate and Audi Q7 models. Deliveries to customers continued to develop positively in the other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Once again, the Group more than doubled its sales as against the previous year in the Indian passenger car market. The Polo hatchback, Polo notchback and ŠKODA Fabia hatchback models demonstrated the highest growth rates.

DELIVERIES OF TRUCKS AND BUSES

In fiscal year 2011, the Volkswagen Group delivered 104,858 trucks and buses (+64.6%) to customers worldwide,with trucks accounting for 93,778 units. Sales figures for the MAN brand are included for the period from November 9 to December 31, 2011. Scania increased deliveries to customers to 80,108 units, up 25.7% year-on-year.

In Western Europe, we sold 38,073 vehicles, of which 35,466 were trucks. In this market, the Group benefited more than average from replacement purchases of heavy trucks in the course of the economic recovery. We sold a total of 15,194 vehicles in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, more than twice as many in comparison with the previous year. Trucks accounted for 14,920 of that figure. In the remaining European markets, we delivered 14,259 vehicles (+30.4%) to customers, 12,382 of which were trucks.

We sold 813 units in the North American markets (including 73 trucks) in the reporting period due to the positive trend in the relevant economic sectors.

In South America, demand for Volkswagen Group trucks and buses amounted to 29,709 vehicles (+49.9%), 25,309 of which were trucks. We delivered 20,222 trucks and 3,275 buses in the Brazilian market.

In the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, sales to customers comprised 6,810 units (+33.8%), 5,628 of which were trucks. We delivered 1,579 trucks and 93 buses in China.

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TRUCK AND BUS DELIVERIES TO CUSTOMERS BY MARKET1

 

 

Deliveries (units)

 

Change (%)

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

1

The MAN brand’s deliveries are only included for the period November 9 to December 31, 2011.

Europe/Remaining markets

 

67,526

 

38,463

 

+75.6

Western Europe

 

38,073

 

21,228

 

+79.4

Central- und Eastern Europe

 

15,194

 

6,298

 

x

Remaining markets

 

14,259

 

10,937

 

+30.4

North America

 

813

 

340

 

x

South America

 

29,709

 

19,820

 

+49.9

Brazil

 

23,497

 

16,267

 

+44.4

Asia-Pacific

 

6,810

 

5,089

 

+33.8

China

 

1,672

 

1,195

 

+39.9

Worldwide

 

104,858

 

63,712

 

+64.6

Scania

 

80,108

 

63,712

 

+25.7

MAN

 

24,750

 

 

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