The Volkswagen brand (not to be confused with the VW Group) recorded an impressive 10.2 percent growth in sales in the first half of the year, handing over 2.79 million passenger cars to customers all over the world.
"The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand developed well in the first half of the year despite the difficult situation in Western Europe. However, there is still considerable uncertainty in Europe which will continue into the second half of the year,” said VW board member Christian Klingler.
In the first six months of the year, VW saw its overall sales in Europe grow by 3.1 percent over the same period in 2011 to 907,800 units. Strangely, while the number of vehicles sold in Western Europe excluding Germany fell 4.7 percent to 464,300 cars, deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe rose by an impressive 45.2 per cent to 134,000 vehicles. In its home market of Germany, VW recorded a 2.6 percent increase to 309,700 cars.
In other markets around the world, VW delivered 81,100 vehicles in Russia (+78.1%), 1.09 million in the Asia Pacific region (+15%) including 982,600 in China (+15.2%), 295,300 in North America (+24.2%) and 390,900 in South America (+4.0%).