In the first nine months of the year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has delivered 369,850 light commercial vehicles to customers worldwide, putting it close to last year’s level (371,800 units; -0.5 per cent). The Crafter has demonstrated its growth potential with a 30 per cent increase in sales.
In Western Europe, the brand’s focus market, 257,100 vehicles were delivered to customers (previous year 253,700; +1.3 per cent). With 96,300 vehicles (95,100; +1.2 per cent), Germany was the brand’s largest individual market. After the domestic market, the UK was once again the largest individual European market with 36,100 vehicles (previous year: 36,200; -0.3%). Other European markets:
France: 13,750 vehicles (-4.3 per cent)
Spain: 13,500 vehicles (+10.6 per cent)
Italy: 9,700 vehicles (+4.8 per cent)
In Eastern Europe 34,800 vehicles were delivered to customers (+14.2 per cent).
North and South America: Deliveries in Mexico rose by 35.6 per cent to 7,400 vehicles. In South America deliveries fell by 15.7 per cent to 29,200 vehicles. Brazil was the largest individual market in Latin America once again; here 14,500 commercial vehicles from the VWCV brand were sold (+13.5 per cent). However, the region was dominated by the market weakness in Argentina, where sales fell by 35.9 per cent compared with the previous year to 10,150 vehicles.
Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
In Africa VWCV delivered 16,400 vehicles in the first nine months of the year (+24.2 per cent); and in the Middle East region 8,050 vehicles (-44.6 per cent). The Turkish market in particular continued to decline year-on-year due to inflation and the weakness of Lira and fell by 52.7 per cent to 6,000 vehicles sold. In the Asia-Pacific region 16,900 vehicles have been delivered to customers since the beginning of the year (-14.9 per cent).
Deliveries by product lines:
T series: 149,000 vehicles (minus 2.2 per cent)
Caddy: 115,100 vehicles (minus 3.8 per cent)
Amarok: 54,600 vehicles (minus 10.7 per cent)
Crafter: 50,700 vehicles (plus 31.4 per cent)