By on July 15, 2011

As we just noticed, the Volkswagen Group gained 5.7 percent in Europe in the first six months of 2011. But that’s only a small part of the story. Globally, the Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles in the first six months of 2011 than ever. A total of 4.09 million units changed hands, up 14.1 percent from the 3.58 million delivered in the same period of 2010. This according to a communique sent out by Volkswagen today. For you, dear TTAC reader, this is old news however.  A few days ago, we told you that we “expect group sales to come in at somewhere around 14 percent and change for the half year.” (In more than 30 years working for the company, some of the clairvoyance possessed by VW’s upper management  had rubbed off …)

Volkswagen Jan-Jun 2011 Jan-Jun ’11 Jan-Jun ’10 Change
Volkswagen Passenger Cars 2,530,000 2,260,000 11.8%
Audi 653,000 554,900 17.7%
Škoda 454,700 378,700 20.1%
SEAT 186,400 181,800 2.5%
Volkswagen Commercial 260,300 201,900 29.0%
Total 4,090,000 3,580,000 14.1%

Let’s look at the major brands of Wolfsburg’s universe first. As you can see, the Bugattis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis are rarely mentioned when it comes to group results. Their numbers are smaller than the rounding errors. All major brands show healthy gains, even SEAT stabilized.

And where do these cars get sold? As an American, you may be astonished by Volkswagen’s size. No wonder: More than three quarters of their cars get sold in Europe and Asia. And don’t forget: Europe as a whole is a big market, bigger than the U.S.A. In the first six months of 2011, a total of 6.3 million units were sold in the U.S. Despite its problems, Europe consumed 7.1 million units in the same time.

Volkswagen Markets Jan-Jun ’11 Jan-Jun ’10 Change
North America 319,100 263,200 21.2%
U.S.A. 211,100 175,300 20.4%
South America 455,200 410,600 10.9%
Asia / Pacific 1,260,000 1,050,000 19.5%
China 1,110,000 950,000 16.4%
India 55,100 17,400 217.2%
Europe 1,900,000 1,740,000 9.3%
Others 155,700 116,200 34.0%
Total 4,090,000 3,580,000 14.2%

Once we have the GM and Toyota numbers for the half year, I’ll make a new prediction on the final ranking by the end of the year. I have the feeling it will not be much different than the prediction made last June: #1 GM, #2 Volkswagen, #3 Toyota

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6 Comments on “Volkswagen Group Up 14.1 Percent In The First Six Months...”

  • avatar

    VW has become a force to reckon with. GM and VW are going to be wrestling it out for the next few years for the top spot while Toyota will be stuck in the third. Toyota had a good run but they will not be seeing the top spot ever again. I doubt they care though.

    VW’s biggest worry should be the Euro Zone imploding.

    As much as I like GM, I want VW and Ford to make a big push into the Japanese Market. The Japanese car market while stagnant is still one of the largest in the world. GM stands no chance unless they build a plant there and sell Sonic’s or Spark’s. Ford and VW have a better chance.

    • 0 avatar

      I am not sure what the implications of the Euro having issues would be. It is possible that some of the weaker countries – Greece, Spain, Portugal, perhaps Italy – would leave the Euro zone. This would leave behind the hard core and prosperous countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium etc which are the major markets for VW in Europe. Thereby limiting any effect on VW.

    • 0 avatar

      I thought that if you wanted to be taken seriously in Japan you had to offer a Kei car/van or two. At last glance I don’t think VW or Ford have anything that small.

      • 0 avatar

        VW is as big in Japan as Toyota is in Europe and they have Suzuki for the Kei cars. There is also the problem that Kei cars are a Japan only product which means you have to have a big market share in Japan to make it worthwhile. VW doesn’t have it so they can’t make money on it. There is also the problem of market shaping. What do you think will happen if VW exported a Kei car to Japan. A) nothing. B) Kei car rules are changed in such a way that VW must invest to much to keep selling Kei cars.

  • avatar

    Bertel – thanks for the data. You comment “As an American, you may be astonished by Volkswagen’s size. No wonder: More than three quarters of their cars get sold in Europe and Asia. And don’t forget: Europe as a whole is a big market, bigger than the U.S.A.” is so true.

    That is why some discussions on here about the relative merits of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW etc and who is doing well or badly in the US are not as important as they used to be. Some like to criticize VW for some of their cars, fair comments typically but in the scheme of things the US is an important but relatively small market and that is before the expected massive growth in India and the continued Chinese growth.

    • 0 avatar

      American market is still big but the problem is more that you can’t sell cars design for the American market in other markets (except the oil producers). Cars designed for the European market can be sold in all other markets (with some cheapening) as can their old models

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