VW makes personal best

The Volkswagen brand handed over a total of 6.23 million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, making last year a record breaking success for the company.

China, the largest single market, is the main driver of this positive development. More than 3 million vehicles were delivered there for the first time last year, an increase of 5.9% compared with 2016.

Volkswagen also set a new delivery record for December, handing over 594,100 vehicles (+5.6%) to customers worldwide. Delivery figures for the Tiguan family were 38% up on the previous year, and at over 720,000 units worldwide this family is more successful than ever before.

At 136,400 new vehicles, deliveries in Europe were 6 per cent higher than the previous year. The Volkswagen brand reported strong growth in Belgium (+17.8%) and Denmark (+10.4%). The positive trend was primarily driven by high demand for the Golf and Tiguan as well as the successful market launch of the new Polo.

At 42,000 units, deliveries in Germany in December rose by 8.4%. Orders in Germany continue to show a noticeable upward trend, in part attributable to positive momentum from the environmental incentive.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member for sales said, ‘We are delighted with the strong demand for our vehicles and with the brand’s positive momentum in recent months. I would like to thank our customers for placing their trust in us, and our retail partners for doing an excellent job.

‘I am particularly pleased to see that incoming orders for electric vehicles in Germany and Europe have tripled compared with 2016. We will be stepping up the pace of our model offensive even further in 2018, with momentum coming from important new models such as the Polo, T-Roc and Touareg.’