Vehicle deliveries worldwide

The Volkswagen Group was able to continually improve its competitive position in the past fiscal year despite the increasingly more difficult market environment, allowing it to move into the ranks of the world’s top three automakers during the period. Deliveries to customers worldwide amounted to 6,257,385 vehicles in fiscal year 2008, which was 1.1% over the previous year’s figure. The chart in chapter "Automotive industry situation" indicates that each of the delivery figures for the first six months of the reporting period exceeded the figure for the respective month in the previous year. In the second six months, the considerable deterioration in global economic conditions caused our deliveries to decline. Nonetheless, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Škoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands increased their sales year-on-year. At 7.1%, the Škoda brand posted an impressive growth rate despite the difficult market environment. SEAT sales fell by 14.6% compared with 2007 mainly due to the problematic situation in the Spanish passenger car market. In the premium vehicle segments, Lamborghini shipped 1.0% more vehicles than in the previous year, but Bentley was unable to keep pace with the prior-year figure. The table below gives an overview of deliveries to customers by market and of the respective passenger car market shares in the 2008 fiscal year. We explain the particular conditions in individual markets in the following sections.

WORLDWIDE DELIVERIES OF THE GROUP’S MOST SUCCESSFUL MODELS IN 2008
Vehicles in thousands
Worldwide deliveries of the group’s most successful models in 2008 – vehicles in thousands (bar chart)

Deliveries in Europe/Remaining markets

In fiscal year 2008, deliveries to customers of the Group in Western Europe fell below the previous year’s level. This region accounted for the largest proportion of our vehicles sold, amounting to 47.8% (previous year: 50.3%) of the Group’s total delivery volume. The Audi, Škoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands were able to exceed 2007 sales figures. The Golf Variant, Tiguan, Audi A4, Audi A5, Škoda Fabia Hatchback and Škoda Fabia Estate, Škoda Octavia saloon, Caddy and Crafter models saw positive growth figures. Demand was also robust for our new Golf, Scirocco, Passat CC, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Škoda Superb and SEAT Ibiza models. Despite the difficult market environment in Western Europe, the Volkswagen Group improved its share of the overall passenger car market to 20.3% (previous year: 19.5%). The Group’s sales figures in Central and Eastern Europe were up by 12.9% on the previous year. The strongest growth was generated in Russia and Ukraine. Demand was healthy for the Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Variant, Tiguan, Jetta, Passat saloon, Touareg, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Škoda Octavia, Škoda Superb, Škoda Fabia Hatchback, and SEAT Ibiza models, as well as all Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models. Demand for Group models in the Remaining markets was 1.7% higher than in the previous year.

Deliveries in Germany

In the German passenger car market, we delivered 0.5% more vehicles to customers in the past fiscal year than in the year before. Demand for the Golf Variant, Tiguan, Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi R8, Škoda Fabia Estate, Caddy and Crafter models developed positively. Our Golf, Scirocco, Passat CC, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Škoda Superb and SEAT Ibiza models met with a positive reception from the market. In 2008, eight Group models topped German registration statistics in their respective segments: the Polo, Golf, Audi A4, Audi A6, Touran, Tiguan, Audi TT and the Multivan/Transporter. The Golf again took first place among all registered passenger cars in Germany. Despite the difficult market conditions, we were able to boost our market share in Germany to 33.6% in 2008 (previous year: 32.7%) and further cement our market leadership.

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DELIVERIES TO CUSTOMERS BY MARKET1

 

 

Deliveries (units)

 

Change (%)

 

Share of passenger car market (%)

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

1

Deliveries and market shares for 2007 have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends.

2

Overall markets in the USA, Mexico and Canada include passenger cars and light trucks.

3

July 22, 2008 to December 31, 2008.

Europe/Remaining markets

 

3,705,119

 

3,760,943

 

–1.5

 

 

 

 

Western Europe

 

2,988,980

 

3,111,601

 

–3.9

 

20.3

 

19.5

of which: Germany

 

1,060,349

 

1,055,037

 

+0.5

 

33.6

 

32.7

United Kingdom

 

380,048

 

403,158

 

–5.7

 

16.3

 

15.6

Spain

 

278,322

 

366,391

 

–24.0

 

23.0

 

21.4

Italy

 

264,978

 

280,459

 

–5.5

 

11.1

 

10.4

France

 

270,341

 

262,564

 

+3.0

 

11.9

 

12.0

Central and Eastern Europe

 

561,055

 

496,785

 

+12.9

 

10.6

 

10.5

of which: Russia

 

132,918

 

80,917

 

+64.3

 

4.5

 

3.2

Czech Republic

 

79,626

 

86,881

 

–8.4

 

51.2

 

61.4

Poland

 

77,478

 

71,876

 

+7.8

 

21.4

 

22.1

Remaining markets

 

155,084

 

152,557

 

+1.7

 

 

 

 

of which: Turkey

 

54,818

 

69,387

 

–21.0

 

11.0

 

11.8

North America2

 

503.134

 

530,630

 

–5.2

 

3.1

 

2.8

of which: USA

 

314,513

 

329,234

 

–4.5

 

2.4

 

2.0

Mexico

 

139,252

 

156,186

 

–10.8

 

13.5

 

14.0

Canada

 

49,369

 

45,210

 

+9.2

 

3.0

 

2.7

South America/South Africa

 

876,764

 

845,510

 

+3.7

 

19.4

 

19.2

of which: Brazil

 

637,480

 

581,292

 

+9.7

 

24.0

 

24.9

Argentina

 

127,186

 

114,929

 

+10.7

 

25.4

 

25.8

South Africa

 

73,321

 

101,181

 

–27.5

 

20.8

 

22.1

Asia-Pacific

 

1,172,368

 

1,052,505

 

+11.4

 

8.0

 

7.3

of which: China

 

1,024,183

 

910,494

 

+12.5

 

18.6

 

17.8

Japan

 

61,626

 

67,469

 

–8.7

 

1.5

 

1.5

Worldwide

 

6,257,385

 

6,189,588

 

+1.1

 

10.3

 

9.6

Volkswagen Passenger Cars

 

3,667,624

 

3,663,154

 

+0.1

 

 

 

 

Audi

 

1,003,469

 

964,151

 

+4.1

 

 

 

 

Škoda

 

674,530

 

630,032

 

+7.1

 

 

 

 

SEAT

 

368,104

 

431,024

 

–14.6

 

 

 

 

Bentley

 

7,605

 

10,014

 

–24.1

 

 

 

 

Lamborghini

 

2,430

 

2,406

 

+1.0

 

 

 

 

Volkswagen
Commercial Vehicles

 

503,025

 

488,726

 

+2.9

 

 

 

 

Scania3

 

30,527

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bugatti

 

71

 

81

 

–12.3

 

 

 

 

Deliveries in North America

In the US passenger car market, which continues to decline substantially, the Volkswagen Group’s sales figures fell below the previous year’s figure during the reporting period (–4.5%). Sales of the Eos, Audi TT Roadster, Audi A4 and Audi R8 models grew. In Canada, we delivered 9.2% more vehicles to customers than in the previous year. The Golf, Eos, Touareg, Audi A3, Audi TT, Audi A4 and Audi A5 models generated the highest growth rates. In the Mexican passenger car market, demand for Group models dropped by 10.8%. Compared with the previous year, the Touareg, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Saveiro and Crafter models experienced stronger demand.

Deliveries in South America/South Africa

In fiscal year 2008, the positive performance of key passenger car markets in South America continued, but the pace of growth slowed considerably. Deliveries to customers of the Group there were 7.9% higher overall than in the previous year. Our sales in Brazil rose by 9.7% year-on-year, mainly due to robust demand for the Gol, New Beetle, Golf, Bora, Passat saloon and Touareg models. The total delivery number also includes sales figures for the Saveiro and T2 light commercial vehicles. Demand for these models grew by 19.1% overall. In an increasingly difficult market environment, demand for heavy commercial vehicles that are produced in Brazil (trucks in the 5 to 45 tonnes weight classes), including the Scania models, increased to 42,927 (29,387) units.

In the passenger car market in Argentina, we delivered 10.7% more vehicles to customers in the reporting period than in 2007. The Fox, Gol, Golf, Jetta and Audi A3 models saw disproportionately high demand. With a market share of 25.4% (previous year: 25.8%), we maintained our leadership position in the Argentinian market. The number of heavy trucks and buses sold amounted to 3,353 (previous year: 3,308) units.

In addition to the deterioration in business conditions, restrictive lending conditions in South Africa led to a substantial decline in the passenger car market in fiscal year 2008. The Volkswagen Group’s deliveries fell by 27.5% compared with the previous year, with demand for entry-level models dropping sharply. The market share held by the Volkswagen Group was 20.8% (previous year: 22.1%).

Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region

The pace of growth in the Asia-Pacific region’s passenger car markets slowed significantly in the 2008 fiscal year as a result of the troubled global economic climate and inflation-curbing measures. The Volkswagen Group delivered 11.4% more vehicles there than in the previous year, mainly due to strong demand from the Chinese passenger car market. The Polo, Golf Variant, Jetta, Touran, Passat, Santana, Touareg, Audi TT, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A8, Audi Q7, Škoda Fabia and Škoda Octavia models were highly popular. In the Chinese passenger car market, which was affected by incentives offered by other automakers, we delivered more than one million vehicles for the first time. We thus increased our market share to 18.6% and strengthened our position at the top of the market. In Japan, the Group’s sales figures decreased by 8.7%. However, sales of the Golf Variant and Audi A4 models grew.

Delivery figures recorded a significant increase in the remaining markets in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly India and Australia.

 

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