Despite the global economic downturn, the Volkswagen Group significantly improved on prior-year vehicle deliveries in 2010, handing over more than seven million units for the first time in a 12-month period.
In total, 7.14 million vehicles were delivered to customers. This represents a13.5 percent increase over the 6.29 million vehicles in 2009. Developments on the global passenger car market were positive, although growth only ran at 11.3 percent. The Volkswagen Group also reported growth for the month of December, delivering 545,400 units to customers, representing an increase of 22.8 percent.
"2010 showed we are forging ahead with our international growth and implementing our Strategy 2018," said Christian Klingler, Group Board member for Sales at the motor show in Detroit. "In 2011, our focus on innovative products and top technologies will remain the foundation of our success," Klingler added.
The Volkswagen Group enjoyed a pleasing delivery in all of its Asian markets in 2010. Deliveries in China grew 37.4 percent to 1.92 million units, thereby setting a new record.
There was a substantial increase in deliveries to India, where the Group handed over 53,300 vehicles to customers, a rise of 181 percent.
The Group also reported a marked increase throughout the Asia/Pacific region, with deliveries running at 2.14 million units: a 38.5 percent increase.
The picture was similar in other regions of the world. The Volkswagen Group delivered a total 888,000 vehicles to customers in South America, representing an increase of 8.9 percent.
In the USA, the Group brands delivered 360,300 units during the 12-month period, corresponding to growth of 20.9 percent.
In Western Europe (excluding Germany), the Group delivered 1.85 million vehicles. This was an increase of +11.6 percent, which meant it performed noticeably better than the overall market, which only grew 1.9 percent for the year.
10.8 percent more vehicles were delivered to customers in Central and Eastern Europe (423,200). The Group's growth in Russia was very pleasing at 39.5 percent.
On its home market of Germany, the Volkswagen Group delivered 1.04 million vehicles to customers in a year characterized by the effects of the scrapping premium. Since the overall market declined significantly during the last 12 months, contracting by 23.4 percent, the Group was able to expand its market share by 16.8 percent.
In 2010, Group models such as the VW Polo, Golf, Lavida, Tiguan and CC, as well as the Audi A1, A5 Sportback and the Q5, the Skoda Yeti and Octavia, as well as the SEAT Ibiza Sporttourer and Exeo Sporttourer were particularly popular.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also reported a new record for last year, with deliveries growing 13.9 percent to 4.50 million units. In China, the brand's largest single market, deliveries rose by 35.5 percent to 1.51 million units. In the USA, 256,800 (+20.3 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. In Russia, vehicle deliveries even grew year-on-year by as much as 49.1 percent (58,900).
Audi delivered 1.09 million vehicles (+15 percent) to customers in 2010, giving the brand its best sales figures ever. One contributory factor was deliveries to customers in the USA, where Audi sold more than 100,000 units for the first time (101,600; +22.9 percent).
Developments in China over the past 12 months were also positive, with deliveries increasing by 43.4 percent (227,900).
The Czech automaker Skoda delivered 762,600 vehicles (+11.5 percent) during the last 12 months, thus continuing its growth path. The brand grew in China, India and Russia in particular.
The Spanish brand SEAT delivered 339,500 (+0.8 percent) vehicles worldwide in 2010. On its home market of Spain, the company reported an increase of 10 percent, delivering a total of 91,300 units to customers.
Worldwide deliveries by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew noticeably last year, up by 20.5 percent to 435,600 units. On West European markets (excluding Germany), the company grew 21.0 percent to 130,400 units, in Russia deliveries grew 27.8 percent (7,200), and in South America growth was as high as 67.4 percent (113,700).