10TH RECORD: Volkswagen has reached its 10th consecutive delivery record by exceeding six-million units. The new Golf will help keep numbers high in 2015. Image: VW
WOLFSBURG, Germany - VW has just closed, globally, its 10th consecutive year of delivery records by exceeding six-million units.
Christian Klingler, VW’s marketing boss, said at the brand’s HQ in Wolfsburg: “That means we have doubled deliveries by the brand since 2004.”
The actual number was more than 6.12-million* from January to December 2014.
Klingler added: “We expect existing challenging market conditions to continue in 2015 but believe we are very well prepared to face these challenges with new products such as the Passat and the internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning, Golf.”
The VW Passenger Cars delivered 1.68-million vehicles on the overall European market in 2014 of which 858 300 were in Western Europe, excluding Germany, whose home market grew to 578 400. Another 244 700 went to central and eastern Europe and 128 100 to Russia.
The North America region received 367 000 but South America declined to 662 600, with most sales in Brazil.
Deliveries to the Asia-Pacific region grew by nine percent to 2.97-million and 2.76-million went to China, (including Hong Kong).
* Deliveries for 2013 have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends. The Saveiro model, sold mainly in South America, has been included in deliveries retroactively from January 1 2013.
As a consequence, in purely mathematical terms, deliveries by the brand in 2013 increased retroactively from 5.93 to 6.02-million.