Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: Demand in Europe Increases in 2014

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles boosted its deliveries to customers across Europe to 104,900 light commercial vehicles from January to April 2014 (previous year: 97,800; +7.2 per cent).  Worldwide deliveries stood at 166,000, thus 2.4 per cent below the level of the previous year (2013: 170,100).

In Western Europe, sales of the brand rose by 7.4 per cent from January to April 2014, to 92,300 vehicles (prior year: 85,900). In Germany, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles posted a jump in sales of 3.3 per cent to 34,300 deliveries (previous year: 33,200).

Significant increases in deliveries were achieved in the United Kingdom with an increase of 19.5 per cent to 15,250 vehicles (previous year: 12,800) and in Spain with a ramp-up of 43.4 per cent to 3,000 vehicles (prior year: 2,100).

‘Sales of our products in Europe are developing really well, particularly inWestern Europe, where all of our model ranges are definitely in demand,’ explained Bram Schot, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for Sales and Marketing.

‘For the T5 and Caddy we have added extra shifts to fulfil customer orders. The strong demand carries forward the success story of our products and confirms the high practical value they have for our customers.’

In Eastern Europe, deliveries of the brand increased by 5.8 per cent to 12,600 vehicles (previous year: 11,900). Stimuli for growth also came from Africa with 6,500 vehicle deliveries (previous year: 6,300; +2.6 per cent), from the Asia-Pacific region with 6,950 deliveries (previous year: 6,200: +12.3 per cent), as well as from Mexico. In Mexico, 3,600 light commercial vehicles were delivered to customers (January – April 2013: 2,900; +24.2 per cent).

In South America, deliveries by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dropped by 22.9 per cent to 37,500 vehicles (previous year: 48,600). This was due not only to the economically difficult market conditions in the region but also to the discontinuation of the T2 model series inBrazil.