VW Group Defies Dieselgate With 10.3 Million Sales Last Year

With 10.3 million vehicles delivered worldwide in 2016, the Volkswagen Group recorded a 3.8 percent increase in sales compared to the year before.

Most of the cars, over 4.3 million, were delivered in the Asia-Pacific region, with China accounting  for almost 4 million. In Europe, the Group sold 4.2 million vehicles, with 1.3 million coming from its home market of Germany.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in North America, the automaker posted a 0.8 percent increase at  939,100 vehicles, out of which, more than half found new owners in the United States. South America accounted for 421,300 sales, an almost 25 percent drop, while the biggest local market, Brazil, was responsible for shifting more than a quarter million cars.

Out of the impressive 10.3 million deliveries, Volkswagen Passenger Cars sold nearly 6 million globally, followed by Audi and Skoda, with 1.8 and 1.1 million, respectively. Seat managed to move 410,000 cars from January to December, and Porsche delivered almost 240,000 units.

An 11.4 percent increase came from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which sold almost half a million cars, while MAN and Scania totaled almost 200,000 combined sales.

2016 was a very challenging year for us. We made strides in resolving and overcoming the diesel crisis and at the same time initiated a fundamental change process with ‘Together – Strategy 2025‘ to get Volkswagen ready for the future of mobility. Nonetheless, we managed to stabilize operating business in difficult conditions: the fact that we handed over more than 10 million vehicles to customers last year bolsters the Group and its brands as we head for the future“, commented VW Group’s CEO, Matthias Muller.


  • roy

    I dinner see why the diesel gate should be a problem because their engines are not worse than the competition ( in fact far better than them ) inspite of the wrong doings of VW

  • MP4-12C

    And how many did Toyota sell?

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      10 millions.

      • MP4-12C

        So VW group became the best selling brand in the world despite the dieselgate?

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          unfortunately yes:)

  • Kevin Tay

    How is this relevant? There is no information about how many diesel cars being sold compared to blablabla.

  • Evo45

    I guess that’s because some people doesn’t care about Dieselgate or anything.

  • Janar Siniväli

    VW engines enable good acceleration (unlike many competitors) and decent fuel economy. And the cars look quite stylish – sometimes boring but still like real cars with strong identity. Unlike some japanese brands that seem to be lost. And they are comfortable to drive.

    And that is what matters. Of course lying is bad but when one gives his own money away to receive a car, his decision is still based on what the actual car offers. Beauty, performance, fuel economy, safety, comfort. It was so in the 1980s and still is.

    • OdysseyTag

      Could not have said it better myself. To think this was achieved regardless of the in-your-face attitude the media now has towards VW as a group speaks leaps and volumes. Brand equity not only relies on a good reputation but also accountability, quality and constancy amongst others things. There is no doubt that VW showed that throughout 2016 by making sure key regions were affected as little as possible. I would not say facing an escalating amount of international fines, lawsuits, buy-back incentives, mandatory fixes and the withdrawal of entire engine and model ranges on top of a scrutinised reputation is a “slap on the wrist” as some have expressed so an achievement like this is really telling of the brand’s ability to handle itself amidst turbulent times.

  • nauticalone

    Beautiful design and very good quality will do that.