What does it look like at Volkswagen with regard to the vehicles delivered in January? Daimler had reported a 6.7% drop in sales, BMW a slight plus of 0.5% – and Volkswagen? The VW Group announced that the core brand Volkswagen (i.e. excluding the other brands) recorded a 3.4% decline in worldwide deliveries in January. In absolute terms, this meant 515,500 deliveries in January 2019 after 533,400 in January 2018. From a regional perspective, the results varied considerably. In January 2019, for example, sales in China, now the most important individual market for the Volkswagen brand, fell by 3.1% to 287,900 vehicles (same month last year: 297,000 vehicles).
VW: Significant regional differences in the development of Volkswagen brand sales
A above-average decline was recorded in the home market of Western Europe, where sales in January 2019 fell by -4.8% to 112,200 vehicles (corresponding month last year: 117,800). And where did sales develop above average? For example in Russia (+10.9% to 6,200 vehicles), Brazil (+10.8%) or Central and Eastern Europe (+9.0%). Volkswagen’s Chief Sales Officer commented on the new figures as follows, quoting: “As expected, we did not quite reach the record level of January 2018 this year.”
A post by Peter Niedermeyer.