ORDERS RECEIVED BY THE VOLKSWAGEN GROUP IN WESTERN EUROPE
In Western Europe (including Germany), demand for Group models in the reporting period was significantly above the previous year’s level. This development is also reflected in the level of orders received in Western Europe as a whole, which rose 2.6% compared with the previous year. In Western Europe excluding Germany, the number of orders received was on a level with the previous year.
At December 31, 2011, the Volkswagen Group held orders for 300,600 vehicles within Germany and for 323,300 units from the rest of Western Europe. Consequently, orders were down 4.0% on the figure for the previous reporting date.
SALES TO THE DEALER ORGANIZATION
In the reporting period, the Volkswagen Group – including the Chinese joint ventures – sold 8,361,294 vehicles to the dealer organization worldwide, an increase of 14.9% compared with the prior-year figure. The number of vehicles sold outside of Germany increased by 15%, mainly due to the high demand in the Chinese passenger car market. Domestic vehicle sales were up 14.4% on the previous year, which was adversely affected by the end of the government scrapping premium. The proportion of total sales generated in Germany declined slightly to 14.5% (previous year: 14.6%).
At 901,903 vehicles sold to the dealer organization worldwide, the Golf was once again our biggest seller, accounting for 10.8% of the Group’s unit sales. The Polo, Sharan, Tiguan, Touareg, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi A1, Audi A4, Audi A8, ŠKODA Fabia, ŠKODA Octavia, SEAT Alhambra and Caddy models recorded significant growth. Moreover, very healthy demand was seen in China for the Passat and Jetta versions available there and for the Santana.
In the reporting period, the Volkswagen Group produced a total of 8,494,280 vehicles worldwide, 15.5% more than in the previous year. Our Chinese joint venture companies increased their production volumes by 15.1% owing to the continued strong demand situation in China. The Group’s manufacturing facilities in Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Mexico and South Africa also increased their production figures considerably. The proportion of vehicles produced in Germany declined slightly to 27.8% (previous year: 28.7%). Our plants worldwide produced an average of 34,456 vehicles per working day, an impressive increase of 16.4% year-on-year. These production figures do not include the highly successful Crafter models produced in the Daimler plants in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, or the Routan, which is manufactured in cooperation with Chrysler in North America.
We significantly increased our production volumes again in the reporting period in response to ongoing positive demand in the global automotive markets. Among other things, this led to a rise in inventories of raw materials, consumables and supplies as well as of work in progress. Global vehicle inventories at Group companies and in the dealer organization were higher on December 31, 2011 than a year earlier.