Group-wide deliveries fall in April…

Group-wide deliveries fall in April

The Volkswagen Group delivered 866,400 vehicles in April, 6.6 percent below the figure for April 2018. In the month under review, all core regions recorded declines in the overall market. This was a result of the sluggish economy in some markets and the tense geopolitical situation in other markets. Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group Sales, commented: “In many major countries, the overall market experienced a downturn in April.

In our largest single market of China, the customers of many brands continued to be reluctant to purchase despite the reduction in the VAT rate. The Volkswagen Group was not immune to this trend. Over the next few months, we will be introducing key new models and continue to look forward rather more optimistically to the second half of the year.”

Deliveries in the regions in April developed as follows:

In Europe, Volkswagen Group brands delivered a total of 394,800 vehicles, a decrease of 2.0 percent compared with the same month last year. In Central and Eastern Europe, 69,700 vehicles were handed over to customers, 1.5 percent more than in April 2018. Positive momentum came especially from Russia, where 20,200 customers took delivery of a new vehicle from a Group brand (+7.0 percent). In Western Europe, deliveries fell by 2.7 percent to 325,100 vehicles. In the home market of Germany, deliveries were down 6.3 percent to 118,200 vehicles. The performance in April 2018 has been particularly strong due to the environmental incentive schemes. 

In North America, deliveries fell by 4.1 percent to 76,600 vehicles. In the USA, 51,700 customers took delivery of a new Group vehicle, a decrease of 3.7 percent compared with April 2018. In Canada, deliveries were at about the prior-year level, at 10,700 vehicles (-0.3 percent). In Mexico, where the overall economic situation remained difficult, 14,200 vehicles were delivered (-8.0 percent).

In South America, there were divergent developments in the various markets. In total, 48,600 vehicles were delivered to customers, a fall of 6.4 percent compared with the same month last year. There was once again a significant rise of 8.3 percent in Brazil, the largest market in the region.

36,800 vehicles were delivered there. In Argentina, where overall economic conditions remained difficult, 6,700 customers took delivery of a vehicle, a marked decline of 46.2 percent.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Group brands delivered 322,000 vehicles, 10.5 percent fewer than in April 2018. In China, the region’s most important single market, customers remained reluctant to purchase vehicles despite the cut in VAT that applied from the beginning of the month. As a result, there was significant shrinkage in the overall market. The Group brands were not immune to this trend, but the decline in deliveries of 9.6 percent was once again less pronounced than in the overall market. By handing over 302,600 vehicles to customers, the Group kept extending its market share.

Deliveries to customers by markets Apr. 2019 Apr. 2018 Change
(%)
Jan.-Apr.
2019
Jan.-Apr.
2018
Change
(%)
Europe 394,800 402,700 -2.0 1,546,800 1,546,100 +0.0
Western Europe 325,100 334,000 -2.7 1,289,900 1,288,500 +0.1
Germany 118,200 126,200 -6.3 455,400 455,900 -0.1
Central and Eastern Europe 69,700 68,700 +1.5 256,800 257,600 -0.3
Russia 20,200 18,900 +7.0 68,400 65,000 +5.2
North America 76,600 79,900 -4.1 293,300 300,900 -2.5
USA 51,700 53,700 -3.7 201,700 202,600 -0.4
South America 48,600 51,900 -6.4 180,000 180,600 -0.3
Brazil 36,800 34,000 +8.3 131,200 108,100 +21.4
Asia-Pacific 322,000 360,000 -10.5 1,340,100 1,450,200 -7.6
China (incl. HK) 302,600 334,800 -9.6 1,249,200 1,345,400 -7.1
Worldwide 866,400 927,300 -6.6 3,472,000 3,607,100 -3.7
Deliveries to customers by brands Apr. 2019 Apr. 2018 Change
(%)
Jan.-Apr.
2019
Jan.-Apr.
2018
Change
(%)
Volkswagen Passenger Cars 487,400 519,700 -6.2 1,943,800 2,045,000 -4.9
Audi 140,300 160,900 -12.8 587,600 624,600 -5.9
ŠKODA 95,900 107,100 -10.5 403,500 423,800 -4.8
SEAT 51,000 50,100 +1.8 202,600 189,300 +7.0
Porsche 25,200 22,600 +11.2 80,900 86,100 -6.1
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles 44,500 46,500 -4.3 170,100 161,300 +5.5
MAN 11,800 11,800 -0.5 45,300 42,400 +7.0
Scania 8,900 7,500 +18.2 32,500 30,200 +7.6
Volkswagen Group (total) 866,400 927,300 -6.6 3,472,000 3,607,100 -3.7