Volkswagen Passenger Cars made 521,400 deliveries in the first month of 2016, an increase of 2.8 per cent compared with January 2015.
The German automaker handed over 121,100 vehicles to customers in their overall European market in the first month of the year, with deliveries in Western Europe returning to an ‘almost stable’ outlook at -2.6 per cent.
In Central and Eastern Europe, on the other hand, deliveries dropped 6.3 percent in light of Russian sanctions and a generally bleak economic outlook. Volkswagen handed over more than 40,000 vehicles to customers in their native Germany.
38,600 vehicles were delivered to customers in North America in January 2016, with the South American market at the beginning of the year still proving to be a challenge.
The Volkswagen brand began the new year in China, the marque’s largest single market, with a 15.4 percent increase in new vehicle sales when compared with the previous year. The company delivered over 300,000 units to Chinese customers in January.
“The challenging situation on world markets, and its impact on the Volkswagen brand, continue into the new year. In light of that, I am satisfied with the way the year has begun”, said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales.
“Moreover, we are facing a particularly challenging year. Not merely in terms of deliveries, but above all for our service team.”
The company said that implementation of the technical measures for diesel engines approved by the authorities had got underway and started well.
“That is one of the biggest organisational challenges we are facing as a service organisation,” said Stackmann.