05/21/2019

Group-wide deliveries fall in April

  • Worldwide deliveries in April amounted to 866,400 vehicles (-6.6 percent)
  • Decline in overall market in all core regions
  • In total, 3,472,000 vehicles delivered from January to April (-3.7 percent)
  • Global market share after first four months at prior-year level

Wolfsburg, May 17, 2019 — 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 rec-orded 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.”


Group-wide deliveries fall in April
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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 per-cent 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 8900 7500 +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