FIRST GOAL OF STRATEGY 2018 ACHIEVED: VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DELIVERS OVER TEN MILLION VEHICLES FOR FIRST TIME

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  • 10.14 million units delivered from January to December 2014 / +4.2 per cent
  • CEO Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: “Vigorous implementation of strategy”
  • Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Vehicle deliveries doubled in ten years”

Wolfsburg / Detroit, January 12, 2015 – The Volkswagen Group achieved the first goal of its Strategy 2018 last year: “In 2014, our Group delivered over ten million vehicles in total to customers, ranging from the e-up!* city car to heavy commercial vehicles. That is impressive confirmation we are vigorously implementing our Strategy 2018 despite challenging market conditions. We are also making good progress with our other main goals – return on sales, customer satisfaction and top employer,” the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr.Martin Winterkorn, said in Detroit on Sunday. In total, 10.14 (prior year: 9.73; +4.2 per cent) million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide from January to December 2014.

Developments in the month of December were also positive, with deliveries running at 881,000 (December 2013: 857,600; +2.7 per cent) units. Group Board member for Sales, Christian Klingler, commented: “Our Group has doubled vehicle deliveries in the last ten years. That is an outstanding performance and an impressive result, and all Group brands have played their part in achieving this despite at times very difficult market conditions.”

Including the figures for heavy commercial vehicles, Group brands delivered a total of 3.95 (3.75; +5.1 per cent) million vehicles to customers on the overall European market in 2014.

2.03 (1.90; +7.2 per cent) million customers took possession of a new vehicle in Western Europe (excluding Germany). 1.24 (1.19; +4.5 per cent) million units were delivered in the home market of Germany. The Group handedover 670,900 (668,300; +0.4 per cent) vehicles to customers in Central and Eastern Europe in the period to December, of which 275,800(316,000; -12.7 per cent) were delivered in Russia.

The company delivered 891,900 (890,600; +0.2 per cent) vehicles in the North America region from January to December,of which 599,700 (611,800; -2.0 per cent) were handed over to customers in the United States. The Volkswagen Group delivered 795,700(992,300; -19.8 per cent) vehicles in the South America region during the same period, of which 629,800 (755,200; -16.6 per cent) were handed over to customers in Brazil.

The Group continued to record encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where annual deliveries topped the four-million mark for the first time. The Group handed over 4.06 (3.65; +11.3 per cent) million vehicles there from January to December, of which 3.68 (3.27; +12.4 per cent) million were delivered to customers in China (incl. Hong Kong), the Group’s largest single market.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 6.12 million vehicles to customers worldwide from January to December 2014. This means the brand has doubled deliveries since 2004, and topped the six-million mark for the first time.

Audi delivered1.74 (1.58) million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2014, a substantial increase of 10.5 per cent. The premium brand from Ingolstadt grew deliveries year-on-year in almost all regions.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche delivered a total of 189,800 (162,100; +17.1 per cent)vehicles in the period to December. Demand for models from the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly high in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.

The ŠKODA brand delivered over one million units worldwide for the first time in the period from January to December 2014, handing over 1.04 (0.92) million vehicles to customers, a year-on-year increase of 12.7 per cent.

SEAT delivered 390,500 (355,000) vehicles worldwide in the period to December 2014, a year-on-year rise of 10.0 per cent.

The Group’s three commercial vehicles brands, MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, delivered 646,500 (683,200; -5.4 per cent) heavy and light commercial vehicles worldwide in 2014 against the backdrop of weaker developments in Europe, Russia and South America. MAN accounted for 120,100 (140,300; -14.4 per cent) of these vehicles. The Swedish brand Scania handed over 79,800 (80,500; -0.8 per cent) heavy commercial vehicles and buses to customers in 2014. Volkswagen Commercial Vehiclesdelivered 446,600 (462,400; -3.4 per cent) units in the period to December.

*e-up! power consumption in kWh/100km: 11.7 (combined); CO2 emission in g/km:0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

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VOLKSWAGEN PASSENGER CARS TOP SIX MILLION ANNUAL DELIVERIES

  • Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Tenth record in succession. Deliveries doubled since 2004.”

Wolfsburg, January 9, 2015 – “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand closed the tenth year in succession with a new delivery record, topping the six-million mark for the first time in a twelve-month period. That means we have doubled deliveries by the brand since 2004”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Friday. The company handed over 6.12* million vehicles to customers from January to December 2014. The brand delivered 529,500 (December 2013: 542,300; -2.4 percent) units in the month of December. “We expect the existing challenging market conditions to continue in 2015. However, we believe we are very well prepared to face these challenges with new products such as the Passat or the internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning Golf”, Klingler added.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.68 (1.64; +2.8 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market in 2014, of which 858,300 (811,800; +5.7 percent) were handed over to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries on the home market of Germany also grew, with 578,400 (560,100; +3.3 percent) customers taking possession of a new model there. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 244,700 (263,300; -7.1 percent) vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe in the twelve months to December. 128,100 (156,300; -18.0 percent) units were handed over to customers in Russia.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 586,700 (622,300; -5.7 percent) units in the North America region last year, of which 367,000 (407,700;
-10.0 percent) were handed over to customers in the United States. Deliveries in the South America region from January to December decreased to 662,600 (804,300; -17.6 percent) units, of which 541,700 (623,800; -13.2 percent) were handed over to customers in Brazil.

In contrast, deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region grew by a substantial 9.0 percent from January to December 2014, with the brand handing over 2.97 (2.73) million vehicles to customers there. 2.76 (2.51; +10.0 percent) million vehicles were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period.

* Deliveries for 2013 have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends. The Saveiro model, which is mainly sold in South America, has therefore been included in deliveries for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand retroactively from January 1, 2013. As a consequence, in purely mathematical terms deliveries by the brand in 2013 have increased retroactively from 5.93 to 6.02 million vehicles.

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