VW on the up

Volkswagen Group delivered 10.3 million vehicles to customers worldwide last year, a rise of 3.8% compared with the prior-year figure.

Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, said, ‘2016 was a very challenging year for us. We made strides in resolving and overcoming the diesel crisis and at the same time initiated a fundamental change process with ‘Together – Strategy 2025′ to get Volkswagen ready for the future of mobility. Nonetheless, we managed to stabilize operating business in difficult conditions: the fact that we handed over more than 10 million vehicles to customers last year bolsters the Group and its brands as we head for the future.’

Full-year deliveries by the Volkswagen Group brands in Europe in 2016 totalled 4.2 million units (up four per cent), whilst the group handed over 939,100 new vehicles (up 0.8%) to customers in the North America region last year. Some 4.3 million new vehicles (up 9.7%) were delivered in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016, of which four million (an increase of 12.2%) were handed over to customers in China.

‘In 2017 we will be intensifying our efforts in the major technological fields of the future, in e-mobility, autonomous vehicles, the digitalization of our products and our Company. At the same time, though, we will not be neglecting today’s core business. Our group brands will be putting almost 60 new vehicles on the road for their customers during the coming year,’ said Müller.