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4th May, 2010

  • Worldwide deliveries to customers up by 13.7 per cent in first quarter
  • Deliveries in Europe: Two-digit growth in some large volume markets
  • Deliveries in Australia grow 28.2% in first quarter 2010 over same period last year
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles remained market leader in Europe in 2009

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recorded growing sales figures in the first quarter of this year. That period saw Europe’s leading manufacturer of light commercial vehicles deliver 88,900 vehicles from its overall range to customers around the world, which equates to growth of 13.7 per cent against the same period last year (Q1 2009: 78,200 vehicles).

“It is obvious that the economic situation for commercial vehicles is on the recovery following a period of strong decline in Europe in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis,” emphasises Harald Schomburg, member of the brand board of management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for sales and marketing. “Our innovative light commercial vehicles are very well received on the market and the reinvigorated situation is creating additional demand. 2010 will again be a challenging year, but current business developments are giving us grounds for optimism.”

In Western Europe, sales in the period January to March 2010 were up by 8.9 per cent to 53,600 units (Q1 2009: 49,200 vehicles). The biggest amount of market volume reached Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Germany with 24,150 deliveries to customers (Q1 2009: 24,900 vehicles; -2.9 per cent) – despite lacking market stimulus by the government’s car scrap bonus. In other major European markets where sales of light commercial vehicles were well down in 2009 amidst the effects of the global economic crisis, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ products in some cases achieved two-digit growth in the first three months of this year. In the UK, sales rose to 6,600 vehicles (Q1 2009: 4,300 vehicles; +52.3 per cent), in France they rose by 28.7 per cent and in Spain they were up by 33.3 per cent.

The vehicle series which recorded the biggest volume was the T5, sales for which were up by 18 per cent. From January to March, 32,950 Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California vans were sold around the world (Q1 2009: 27,900 vehicles). “The new T5 has taken a huge leap forward in terms of fuel economy and overall cost efficiency,” says Schomburg. “The order entries for our best Transporter ever are very positive.”

The strongest market for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles outside Europe was Brazil, where deliveries were up by 54.9 per cent to 20,600 Saveiros and T2s (Q1 2009: 13,300 vehicles). Sales in the Middle East almost doubled against the figure for the previous year. Exceptionally strong growth was recorded in Turkey, with 3,800 deliveries made to customers there (Q1 2009: 1,800 vehicles; +113.3 per cent).

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Australia increased their sales performance in the first quarter of 2010 by a considerable 28.2% over the same period in 2009. A total of 1,235 vehicles were delivered to customers in the first quarter (Q1 2009; 963 vehicles).

In March 2010, market introduction of the Amarok, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ fourth vehicle series was launched in South America and first vehicles delivered. By the end of March, some 18,000 orders had been received for the new Volkswagen Amarok.

The strongest month for the brand in terms of deliveries to customers was March, which saw the figure rise by 20.7 per cent to 41,700 vehicles (March 2009: 34,500). In Western Europe Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ sales rose by 15.6 per cent to 26,250 light commercial vehicles (March 2009: 22,700). Sales in Germany were up by 3.3 per cent to 12,000 deliveries to customers (March 2009: 11,600).

“The increase in deliveries in our large-volume markets and the good order situation in the first quarter result from our modern and economical commercial vehicles as well as from the consequent market cultivation by our importers and dealerships,” explains Harald Schomburg, Volkswagen's board member for sales and marketing. “Developments to date make us confident that we will continue to hold the number one position in Europe in 2010.”


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