Deliveries by the Volkswagen Group on the overall European market remained stable in spite of the continuing difficult situation on markets in Southern Europe, and ran at 3.67 (3.68; -0.3 percent) million vehicles. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), Europe's largest automaker delivered 1.85 (1.98; -6.5 percent) million units. The Company grew deliveries in the home market of Germany to 1.18 (1.15; +1.9 percent) vehicles. The Volkswagen Group continued to enjoy strong growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where 644,300 (547,800; +17.6 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, of which 317,700 (229,000; +38.8 percent) were delivered in Russia, the region's largest single market.
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.74 (5.09; +12.7 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the full year 2012. The brand developed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, delivering 267,100 (218,100; +22.4 percent) there. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 623,300 (496,700; +25.5 percent) vehicles in the North America region and 2.37 (1.93; +23.2 percent) million units in the Asia-Pacific region.
Audi delivered 1.46 (1.30; +11.7 percent) million vehicles worldwide in the period to December 2012. The premium brand from Ingolstadt developed particularly well in North America, where 168,800 (142,500; +18.5 percent) units were handed over to customers, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where deliveries for the same period ran at 478,900 (373,700), an increase of 28.1 percent.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 59,500 vehicles from August to December. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 17,800 vehicles were handed over. In the North America region, 17,400 units were delivered as a result of continued high demand.
The KODA brand delivered a total of 939,200 (879,200; +6.8 percent) vehicles in 2012. The Czech automaker developed particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe, where 261,100 (231,600; +12.7 percent) units were delivered, and in the Asia-Pacific region, where 276,800 (256,100; +8.1 percent) vehicles were handed over.
As a result of the difficult market situation in Western Europe, SEAT delivered 321,000 (350,000; -8.3 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to December. In contrast, the Spanish brand recorded a strong increase in Germany, where 63,700 (52,000, +22.5 percent) vehicles were delivered. Deliveries in the UK rose to 39,000 (36,100; +8.2 percent), and in Mexico 21,100 (18,100; +16.5 percent) vehicles were handed over.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew full-year deliveries 4.1 percent to 550,400 (528,900) units. Deliveries on the overall European market were maintained at the high prior-year level in spite of the difficult market conditions, and 326,000 (326,300; -0.1 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. The brand recorded strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region, where 19,000 (11,700; +61.9 percent) vehicles were delivered.
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania
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