The Volkswagen Group finished the first quarter of 2011 with a significant increase in vehicle deliveries, moving more than 1.97m vehicles from January to March, up from 1.73m over the same period last year. The 13.7% increase means the company outperformed the overall market, which grew 8.1%.
Furthermore, VW reported a delivery record for March, when 767,200 vehicles were delivered to customers for the first time (up 8.1% on March 2010 according to VW Group figures).
Group board member for sales, Christian Klingler, said that developments in the first quarter were “excellent”, with growth regions such as China, India or Russia again producing a strong performance.
Sales in China for the first quarter showed the strongest results, with VW reporting deliveries of 548,500 cars, a 19.9% increase over the previous year.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars recorded a strong first quarter and delivered 1.23m vehicles worldwide, representing 10.4% growth, while Audi delivered 312,600 vehicles worldwide over the same period, a growth of 18.4%. Meanwhile, Škoda delivered 217,100 (+21.4%).
Seat delivered 90,800, an increase of 2.8%. Seat also reported a strong rise in Germany, delivering 12,600 vehicles to customers there. (+24.5%).
In addition, the commercial vehicle division posted growth of 36.2%, delivering 121,200 light commercial vehicles, up from 89,000 between January and March last year.