Volkswagen continues global recovery in May with 513,500 deliveries
Despite continuing legal woes due to emissions issues, Volkswagen continued its global recovery with an increase of 3.5 percent over last year. In May, VW delivered 513,500 vehicles. Much of the increase, according to the automaker, came in the automaker’s largest market, China, where deliveries were up 4.0 percent to a total of 241,600 for the month.
Atlas leads parade of upcoming models
“May was a successful month for the Volkswagen brand. Our deliveries grew in almost all key markets. As a result, our overall delivery figures for the period January to May are at last year’s level,” Jurgen Stackmann, VW brand board member for sales, said.
“We continued our SUV offensive with the successful launch of the Atlas, thus making our debut in an important market segment in the USA. Further new models will reinforce this positive momentum in the coming months. The Volkswagen brand’s competitive position will continue to improve,” he concluded.
Areas, where the automaker continued its momentum, included Europe and South America. In Europe, the automaker delivered 158,000 vehicles, a 6.7 percent increase over May 2016.
The Netherlands, France, and Italy were the main drivers of this growth. Deliveries in South America were up 14.7 percent over last year, led by Argentina where sales were up by 10,300 vehicles or 27.5 percent. Sales for South America were 35,000 vehicles.
In the United States, Volkswagen turned over the first 1,600 Atlases to its customers. The SUV sales were part of a 4.3 percent increase in deliveries for May. Atlas sales were part of Volkswagen’s move into a new segment, the SUV market. During the month, dealers delivered a total of 30,000 vehicles.
New Tiguan proves success in Europe
In Central and Eastern Europe, the carmaker also reported significant growth. Sales were up a total of 22.7 percent, led by Russia which had an increase of 27.9 percent. The new longer-wheelbase Tiguan continued to show its popularity. Total deliveries were 22,900 vehicles. Sales in VW’s home market, Germany, were up 6.0 percent, where deliveries were 50,800. The new Tiguan proved to be a market leader and customer favorite.
In Western European markets, VW proved exceptionally strong. The automaker reported a 35.6 increase in the Netherlands; 10.5 percent increase in France, and 9.9 percent increase in Italy.