In September, the Volkswagen Group delivered 904,200 vehicles to customers throughout the world, corresponding to a significant rise of 9.2 per-cent compared with September 2018. In a shrinking overall global market, the Group continued to significantly expand its market shares.

As expected, this development was driven by Europe (+31.0 percent) and Germany (+58.1 percent). Here, deliveries had been at an unusually low level in September 2018 as a result of restricted vehicle availability following the changeover to the new WLTP type approval procedure.

In the regions of North America and Asia-Pacific, the Volkswagen Group succeeded in slightly expanding its market shares in shrinking overall markets. In South America, the Group markedly boosted deliveries in contrast to the decreasing overall market and therefore significantly expanded its market share.

Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group Sales: “In the current economic and geopolitical environment, which is tense, our strong brands are once again proving to be especially valuable. They offer our customers security for their purchasing decisions and therefore lay the foundation for the continual expansion of our global market share.”

In detail, deliveries in the regions in September developed as follows:

In North America, overall markets shrank. The Group brands were also affected by this trend, but they succeeded in slightly expanding their market share. Deliveries fell by 9.9 percent to 73,700 vehicles. In the USA, 48,900 vehicles were handed over to customers, a fall of 11.5 percent.In Canada, deliveries amounted to 10,500 vehicles, a drop of 2.6 percent. In Mexico, 14,300 customers of a Group brand took delivery of a vehicle (-9.3 percent).

In South America, the Group succeeded in boosting deliveries markedly in contrast to the shrinking overall market and therefore significantly expanded its market share. Deliveries rose by 9.1 percent compared with September 2018 to 53,500 vehicles. While deliveries in Argentina fell by 20.1 percent to 6,100 vehicles in an overall economic environment that was challenging, there was a rise of 14.8 percent to 41,000 vehicles in Brazil.

in Europe, 336,300 vehicles were delivered, corresponding to a rise of 31.0 percent compared with September 2018, when deliveries were at a low level as a result of the WLTP changeover. The same effect can be observed in Western Europe, where deliveries rose by 36.6 percent to 272,600 vehicles. On this basis, the Volkswagen Group significantly expanded its market share both in Western Europe and in Europe as a whole compared with last year.

In the domestic market of Germany, there was also a significant rise compared with last year. Here, 92,800 group vehicles were handed over to customers (+58.1 percent). In Central and Eastern Europe, deliveries rose to 63,700 vehicles (+11.5 percent). In Russia, the Group brands handed 20,400 vehicles over to customers, 3.7 percent fewer than in September 2018.

The Asia-Pacific region recorded a slight fall of 0.8 percent to 412,400 vehicles delivered. In China, the Group’s largest single market, deliveries, at 384,100 vehicles, slightly exceeded the prior-year level (+0.2 percent). In a shrinking overall market, the Group therefore significantly boosted its market share.