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Old 19th August 2009, 19:52   #1
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Default VW group sales up by 6.7%

And up by about 15% YOY, in an economy that hasn't yet recovered! German sales (thanks to government incentives (Upgrade your old car in Germany and get paid for it. EDIT : Now UK & USA too!)) up by 27%, and that of China grew by 69%. American sales (North & South) were hit. Surprisingly, Audi has weathered the storm pretty well with flat YOY sales (+2.1 increase, mainly from China) in the luxury market that has pretty much crashed worldwide.

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Wolfsburg, August 17, 2009 – The Volkswagen Group again reported an increase in worldwide deliveries in July, the third successive month of growth. Despite the
continuing difficult situation on global automotive markets, Europe’s largest automaker recorded 6.7 percent growth, with deliveries totaling 556,900 (July 2008: 521,100) units*. This means that 3.65 (January - July 2008: 3.79; -3.5 percent)** million vehicles were delivered to customers during the first seven months of this year. The Volkswagen Group therefore continues to perform significantly better than the overall market, which declined by roughly 16 percent during this period.
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In terms of seeing these cars on the road, I'm begining to see more VW Routans these days.I've still been hearing a lot of complaints about the quality of VW cars, especially the Jetta.

Same with Audi,seeing more A3 & A5s these days.
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I've still been hearing a lot of complaints about the quality of VW cars, especially the Jetta.
Truly. VW reliability, along with most other Germans, has suffered a massive dip in the last 10 years. I think VW's positioning (entry - medium level pricing) and diesel engines have led to sales consistency in Europe.

China, well, I can't figure out. That's a market where Buick became a success!
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Do they have low interest offer outside India too? IMHO the should offer more than 45k/ 3year warranty. Most people who buy diesel cars will do more than 45k in India within 2 years easily.
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I'm not sure of VW offers the 80,000 miles/4 year warranty on most of its car.
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VW, it seems, is on a roll!

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Volkswagen Group reports another substantial increase in
worldwide deliveries in August – Growth of 9.5 percent. Volkswagen brand grows deliveries by 19.3 percent. Škoda, SEAT and Audi also report positive development.

Group sales and marketing Chief Wittig: “Very different market trends around the world, further developments must be followed very closely”

Wolfsburg/Frankfurt, September 16, 2009 – The Volkswagen Group reported yet another rise in its delivery growth rate in August. Following the positive developments of the previous three months, the trend in August improved further, rising by a substantial 9.5 percent to 490,700 (August 2008: 448,400)* vehicles. As a result, 4.14 (January - August 2008: 4.23; -2.1 percent)** million vehicles were delivered to customers during the first eight months of this year, further closing the gap on last year. During the same period, the overall world market fell by approximately 14 percent.

“These figures confirm the success of our young and environmentally friendly product portfolio which puts us in an excellent position to achieve our goals. We can also continue to build on our market strength, particularly in Germany, China and Brazil,” Detlef Wittig, Executive Vice President, Group Sales and Marketing, commented on Tuesday at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He also said the Volkswagen Group had obviously benefited from the incentive packages available in some countries, and commented that this could not be considered a sustained upward trend: “We will be following further developments very closely. We are seeing very different market trends in various regions of the world, with a continuing weak automobile market in Europe (-17 percent), particularly Central/Eastern Europe (-47 percent), contrasted by noticeable growth in Asia and Brazil. This makes it very difficult to forecast developments for the coming year,” Wittig added.

Continued above-average performance in core markets of Germany and China

The Volkswagen Group reported significant growth on the key markets of Germany and China in August. Deliveries on the home market rose by 27 percent to 96,200 (75,800) units. The scrapping premium, which has now come to an end, had a noticeably positive effect.

The Chinese market developed very well on the back of government incentives. Group deliveries rose by 70 percent compared with the previous year to 132,600 (78,100) units. This is the best ever sales performance in a single month.

In North America, Volkswagen delivered 47,700 (45,200; +5.5 percent) vehicles, while the auto market in the region declined by 2 percent.

The situation on many automobile markets remains tense despite government packages. Volkswagen was only partly able to escape the trend. In Europe a total of 217,600 (221,900; -2 percent) vehicles were delivered to customers. In Central and Eastern Europe in particular, there were very sharp falls in some markets. In South America, 68,100 (74,500; -9 percent) vehicles were delivered to customers in August.

Strong demand for Volkswagen Golf and Polo, Audi A3 and A6, Škoda Fabia and SEAT Ibiza

Volkswagen Passenger Cars reported a substantial 19.3 percent rise in deliveries in August corresponding to 326,600 (273,800) vehicles. Deliveries over the first eight months therefore grew by 5.5 percent. Apart from models in the Golf and Polo ranges, there was strong demand for the Lavida, Passat Lingyu, Jetta and New Bora models sold in China. In Germany, the brand grew deliveries by 49 percent to 56,300 (37,900) units, while deliveries in China rose by 69 percent to 108,000 (64,000) vehicles.
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This thread says it all. Have seen quite a lot of Jettas recently.
OT.They need to have their presence felt in more cities. A person bought a Jetta here in Coonoor and his nearest ASC is 350kms.
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VW marketing and product development is awesome. They pretty much rock the european auto industry.
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