The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand grew deliveries 5.3 per cent in the first four months of the year, handing over 1.91 (January-April 2012: 1.81) million vehicles. The brand delivered 480,900 (April 2012: 456,100; +5.4 per cent) vehicles to customers in the month of April. Two extra working days as a result of the early Easter period had a positive impact in April.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 545,300 (589,800; -7.5 per cent) vehicles on the overall European market in the first four months, of which 279,300 (303,400; -7.9 per cent) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). There was also a downward trend on the home market of Germany, where customers took possession of 180,500 (202,400; -10.9 per cent) new vehicles.
In contrast, Volkswagen Passenger Cars recorded slight growth in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to April, with deliveries running at 85,500 (84,000; +1.9 per cent) units. The company handed over 49,500 (50,500; -2.1 per cent) vehicles to customers in Russia.
In the Asia-Pacific region the brand grew deliveries by 17.9 per cent in the period to April, handing over 855,100 (725,100) vehicles to customers. In China (incl. Hong Kong), 783,900 (653,300; +20.0 per cent) vehicles were delivered during the same period. In India, on the other hand, deliveries fell to 21,300 (26,200; -18.4 per cent) units.
In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries in the period to April by 4.4 per cent to 196,200 (187,900) units, of which 131,800 (131,900; -0.1 per cent) models were handed over to customers in the USA. Deliveries in the South America region from January to April decreased by 4.5 per cent to 235,200 (246,300) units, of which 175,600 (180,800; -2.9 per cent) vehicles were handed over in Brazil.