Volkswagen is growing slowly towards a fantastic 2016 year. The Dieselgate scandal seems far away and people are starting to buy new cars as in the previous years. Diesel or gasoline, it does not matter as long as Volkswagen Group grew deliveries to customers by 1.6 percent in May 2016.
Throughout the world, a total of 871,500 vehicles were handed over to customers. In the period to May, 4.2 million units were delivered, representing an increase of 0.8 percent over the corresponding period of the previous year.
In May, the Volkswagen Group handed over 369,500 vehicles to customers in Europe. This corresponds to a rise of 4.6 percent compared with last year’s figure. As expected, the Western European market developed positively (+3.4 percent), with the main impetus for growth coming from the home market of Germany (+2.6 percent), France and Italy. May also saw strong growth in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe (+11.7 percent). While deliveries to customers in this region were still affected by the tense situation in Russia in the first quarter, the positive trend seen in the previous month continued in May.
Only in the US people tend not to forget the Dieselgate scandal. In the region of North America, the Volkswagen Group handed over 367,200 vehicles to customers in the year to May, representing a slight fall compared with the previous year (-1.0 percent). While Audi and Porsche were able to record growth in this region, deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand fell.
In the region of South America, 38,100 vehicles were handed over to customers in the month of May (-20.4 percent). This trend is a result of the tense economic situation in Brazil, where 23,500 vehicles were delivered to customers, representing a fall of 31.1 percent compared with the previous year.
The steady growth in the Asia-Pacific region since the beginning of the year continued. In May, the Volkswagen Group delivered 341,600 vehicles in this region. This represents a rise of 4.1 percent compared with the previous year.