Group deliveries fall in August
- Worldwide deliveries in August fall by 3.1 percent to 848,600 vehicles
- Slight rise in global market share in shrinking overall market
- Expected weaker deliveries in Europe following WLTP effects in 2018
- Further significant increase in market share in China
- In total, 7.1 million vehicles delivered from January to August (-2.8 percent)
In August, there was a drop of 3.1 percent in deliveries by the Volkswagen Group compared with August 2018 to 848,600 vehicles. As expected, fewer vehicles were delivered in Europe compared with the same month last year, when deliveries were especially high as a result of WLTP. 316,500 customers took delivery of a new Group vehicle in Europe, representing a drop of 3.4 percent. In the regions of North America (+3.3 percent) and South America (+3.9 percent), Volkswagen Group deliveries rose compared with August 2018, while the Asia-Pacific region reported a drop of 4.8 percent. Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group Sales: “The Volkswagen Group continued to perform well in a challenging market environment in August, with a slight rise in its global market share. On a positive note, we once again increased our market share in China, our largest market, significantly.”
Deliveries in the regions in August developed as follows:
316,500 vehicles were delivered in Europe, representing a decrease, as expected, of 3.4 percent compared with the same month last year. Deliveries in August 2018 were at a high level due to the WLTP changeover. The same effect was seen in Western Europe, where deliveries fell by 3.3 percent to 254,200 vehicles. In shrinking overall markets, the Volkswagen Group therefore significantly expanded its market share in both Western Europe and Europe overall compared with the previous year. Deliveries in the home market of Germany were also down. 100,300 vehicles from the Group were delivered there (-3.6 percent). In Central and Eastern Europe, deliveries fell to 62,300 vehicles (-3.8 percent). Group brands delivered 18,600 vehicles in Russia, 0.4 percent down on the same month last year.
Positive momentum came from North America, where a total of 87,800 vehicles were delivered (+3.3 percent). This development was again driven by the USA, where 61,900 vehicles were handed over to customers, a robust increase of 7.7 percent. In Canada, deliveries totaled 10,900 vehicles, a slight decrease of 0.7 percent. In Mexico, the general market trend remained negative as a result of difficult economic conditions, and 15,100 vehicles were handed over to customers there (-9.4 percent).
Developments in South America were also positive. The Group grew deliveries there by 3.9 percent compared with the same month last year to 57,200 vehicles. Developments in the two largest markets in the region, Brazil and Argentina, were once again very different. Brazil recorded a significant increase of 16.4 percent to 45,000 vehicles. In Argentina, the general economic climate remained challenging and the overall market shrank noticeably. Group brands could not buck this trend, and delivered 6,700 vehicles (-33.5 percent).
Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region fell by 4.8 percent to 363,200 vehicles. In China, the Group’s largest single market, 341,100 customers took delivery of their new Group vehicles (-3.2 percent). Despite the drop in deliveries, the Group once again significantly increased its market share in a shrinking overall market.