Volkswagen Group delivers record 5.73 million vehicles in 2006
Looks like Volkswagen is on a roll.
Last year, the Volkswagen Group reportedly delivered more vehicles to customers than ever before. The group sold 5.73 million vehicles worldwide, corresponding to a rise of 9.3% compared with the previous year.
"There was a marked increase in group deliveries in all major regions," Professor Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, told reporters in Detroit last Sunday.
"All brands contributed to this record. I would like to thank everyone involved for this outstanding achievement. Above all, my thanks go to our customers, who once again showed great confidence in Volkswagen Group products last year."
Media reports say that the group's progress in expanding its leading position in Western Europe was particularly impressive, with 3.11 million vehicles being delivered in 2006.
Here’s a run-down of Volkswagen’s – also maker of quality Volkswagen parts – 2005 figures from around the world:
In Germany last year, the group again topped the one million mark for vehicle sales with 1.11 million vehicles, representing a 7.3% increase compared with 2005.
The group also defended its market leadership in the Chinese passenger car market in 2006, delivering 711,000 vehicles, which equals to a significant 24.3% growth.
In the South America/South Africa region the figures were equally positive, with vehicle sales up 14.9% to 683,000 units. Brazil in particular had a strong sales climb of 15.1% to 441,000 vehicles.
Here in the United States, the turnaround begun in 2005 continued as the group delivered 330,000 vehicles to customers, representing a 5.9% increase.
Volkswagen passenger cars reported a new record with 3.39 million vehicles delivered worldwide in 2006, corresponding to an increase of 10%.
Volkswagen also extended its market leadership in Western Europe further, with vehicle sales reaching 1.52 million. There was also an increase in VW passenger car sales in Germany, which rose by 7.4% to 571,000 units, strengthening the leading position in the German market.
In China (including Hong Kong), sales of 625,000 units, corresponding to a rise of 22.3%, strengthened the automaker’s leading position on the Chinese passenger car market.
In South America/South Africa meanwhile, deliveries to customers in 2006 climbed to 15% to 571,000 units. VW Passenger Cars sold 235,000 vehicles in the US - a rise of 4.9% compared with 2005.
All other VW brands including Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti reported an increase in their sales figures.
Last year, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand delivered 442,000 vehicles to customers, representing a further 10% increase, marking yet another all-time best.
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