Volkswagen hits new global sales record

By CARSIFU | 12 January 2015

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY: The Volkswagen Group has delivered over 10 million vehicles in a year, for the first time.

Last year, the group delivered 10.14 million units worldwide, which was a year-on-year rise in sales of 4.2%.

"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", said Volkswagen Group chairman Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn.

Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler commented: "Our Group has doubled vehicle deliveries in the last ten years."

The Group continued to record encouraging figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where annual deliveries topped the four-million mark for the first time.

Out of the 4.06 million vehicles delivered in Asia-Pacific in 2014, 3.68 million (growth of 12.4%) were delivered in China (including Hong Kong), the Group's largest single market.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 6.12 million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2014.

This means the brand has doubled deliveries since 2004, and topped the six-million mark for the first time.

Audi delivered 1.74 million vehicles worldwide in 2014, a substantial increase of 10.5%.

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 (17.1% growth) vehicles last year.

Demand for models from the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly high in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.

Meanwhile, the Group's three commercial vehicles brands, MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, delivered 646,500 (a drop of 5.4%) heavy and light commercial vehicles worldwide in 2014 against the backdrop of weaker developments in Europe, Russia and South America.