WOLFSBURG, Germany, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 2.95 (January-July 2010: 2.62) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period January to July. This represents an increase of 12.5 percent on the comparable prior-year period. The brand reported an even higher rise of 17.2 percent for the month of July, with deliveries totaling 419,000 (July 2010: 357,600) units. "The Volkswagen brand has made a good start to the second half of the year with a strong delivery performance in July. Our young and innovative product range has helped us maintain the brisk momentum," Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Vehicles deliveries in Europe as a whole developed well, with Volkswagen Passenger Cars handing over 1.02 (0.94; +8.1 percent) million models to customers there in the period to July, of which 556,500 (541,500; +2.8 percent) were delivered in Western Europe excluding Germany. Deliveries on the home market of Germany remained positive, with 352,700 (325,100; +8.5 percent) vehicles handed over to customers. Volkswagen Passenger Cars reported a marked increase in Central and Eastern Europe, where 111,800 (77,700; +44.0 percent) units were delivered from January to July. The brand doubled deliveries in the single market of Russia to 56,500 (27,500; +105.0 percent) vehicles.
In the Asia-Pacific region Volkswagen delivered 1.10 (0.95; +15.9 percent) million vehicles during the first seven months of this year, of which 991,800 (878,700; +12.9 percent) units were handed over to customers in China, the largest single market. Deliveries in North America, where the brand handed over 280,900 (230,100; +22.0 percent) vehicles in the period to July, were also very encouraging. In the South America region, 444,100 (413,300) units were delivered to customers during the same period, a rise of 7.5 percent.
SOURCE Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.