Exclusive for Yahoo Malaysia News

Volkswagen Group posts a new sales record in 2012

The Volkswagen Group recorded a further strong increase in worldwide deliveries for 2012 by delivering 9.07 million vehicles for the first time in a twelve-month period.

North America showed particularly excellent results with sales growing by 26.2 per cent to 841,500 units. Their neighbours in the south grew by 8.2 per cent and broke through the 1 million mark with 1.01 million deliveries in 2012.

Vehicles like the Tiguan helped Volkswagen Passenger Cars achieve 5.74 million sales

The rest of the world was also a happy hunting ground for the group. Sales topped three million Asia-Pacific region as 3.17 million sales were made, which is equivalent to a 23.3 per cent increase. China continued to consume more cars than the entire region put together and took delivery of 2.81 million new Volkswagen Group cars.

The Audi A1 may be a niche product but it contributed to Audi's 1.46 million sales in 2012

Closer to home, the group lost a little bit of ground in Europe with volumes shrinking by 0.3 per cent to 3.67 million. Taking into account the fiscal crunch happening in Greece, Spain, Portugal and even Italy, it’s quite an impressive result.

Despite being part of the group for only 5 months in 2012, Porsche delivered 59,500 cars in that period

The Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft’s Board of Management, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, commented when announcing the results at the 2013 Detroit Motorshow: “The Volkswagen Group developed extremely well in difficult conditions. 2012 was the best sales year ever. This is another big step forward in our Strategy 2018. Tough challenges lie ahead. The Volkswagen Group has everything it takes to face these challenges and to play a leading role on world markets.”

ŠKODA continues to grow in popularity with 939,200 deliveries over the last twelve months

Group Board Member for Sales, Christian Klingler, added: “All the brands in our Group contributed to this very good delivery performance in 2012. This is an excellent team achievement. We are still keeping a vigilant eye on the future, because the present uncertainties will intensify this year, particularly in Western Europe. The markets are challenging and competition is also getting tougher.

Tough market conditions in it's Spanish homeland meant SEAT only sold 321,000 cars last year

Group Brand Results

Volkswagen Passenger Cars: 5.74 million vehicles

Audi: 1.46 million vehicles

Porsche: 59,500 vehicles (August to December 2012)

ŠKODA: 939,200 vehicles in 2012

SEAT: 321,000 vehicles

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles 550,400 units

* sales figures do not include numbers for Bentley, Lamborghini, MAN and Scania

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer The Malaysian Insider
    MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer

    The partner of an American passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has spoken about how a Fox executive who was recently sacked by the news station had contacted her offering to raise funds on her behalf. Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood is among the 239 people on board the missing plane, told the Sydney Morning Herald... …

  • My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh The Malaysian Insider
    My last moments with Pa: Ramkarpal Singh

    A week after the tragic crash that took the lives of veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh and his personal aide, Michael Cornelius, his son Ramkarpal recounts the final hours with his father that fateful day. This is his story, as told to V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor. “My parents (Karpal and Gurmit) had gone to Pantai Hospital... …

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle Associated Press
    In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192. …