The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed 2012 with a new record, delivering 5.74 million vehicles to customers, +12.7 per cent comparing with 2011 results.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 1.70 million vehicles on the overall European market in the period to December. The brand generated significant growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where there was a 22.4 per cent increase in deliveries to 267,100 vehicles.
In Western Europe (excluding Germany), deliveries fell by 6.9 per cent to 844,500 units due to the difficult situation on overall markets. In Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 586,100 vehicles to customers in 2012, down 1.2 per cent compared to 2011.
In the Asia-Pacific region the brand reported a strong increase of 23.2 per cent for the full year, with customers taking delivery of 2.37 million vehicles, of which 2.15 million were handed over in China (incl. Hong Kong), the region’s largest single market. Sales also developed very well on the American continent with Volkswagen Passenger Cars growing deliveries 25.5 per cent to 623,300 units.
Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented: "There has been another strong increase for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand even though market conditions were at times difficult. Our new Golf has got off to an excellent start and significantly strengthened Volkswagen’s competitive position. 2013 will be a very demanding year, and we will be facing new and difficult challenges. But we are well prepared."

Source: Volkswagen