After losing the title for the worlds largest car manufacturer in 2014, in front of Toyota, Volkswagen wants revenge. After first six months of 2015, the German manufacturer managed to overpass Toyota sales by a small margin. The sales topped five million, reaching 5.04 million cars, 0.2 more than Toyota, who sold 5.02 millions.
Group brands grew deliveries on the overall European market, in some countries quite significantly, in the first half of the year, handing over a total of 2.11 (2.04; +3.7 percent) million vehicles to customers. 1.14 (1.07) million customers took possession of a new vehicle in Western Europe (excluding Germany), an increase of 6.9 percent. 668,300 (626,100; +6.7 percent) vehicles were handed over on the home market of Germany.
The Group delivered 304,000 (343,900; -11.6 percent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to June, of which 84,300 (142,600; -40.9 percent) units were handed over to customers on the Russian market where the situation remains tense.
Deliveries in the North America region from January to June rose by 6.0 percent to 451,200 (425,900) units, of which 295,000 (288,000; +2.4 percent) were handed over to customers in the United States. In the South America region, where conditions remain challenging, the Volkswagen Group delivered 297,300 (383,700; -22.5 percent) units during the same period, of which 211,800 (301,000; -29.6 percent) were handed over to customers in Brazil.