Volkswagen Accelerates In October, But Won't Unseat GM

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
volkswagen accelerates in october but won t unseat gm

Despite a tough situation at home, the Volkswagen Group continues to power ahead in the global markets. Volkswagen increased its global sales by 14.6 percent in October. For the year, Volkswagen delivered 7.5 million units worldwide, up 10.2 percent. In China, Volkswagen is nipping at GM’s heels, but does not seem to be able to overtake the General.

Hold position in Europe, attack abroad. This seems to be the current strategy of Volkswagen. According to data released by the company today, Volkswagen sales were flat the EU, where losses in Western Europe were compensated in Germany and Eastern Europe.

Volkswagen global group deliveries October 201210M’1210M’11YoYOct ’12Oct ’11YoYTotal7,500,0006,800,00010.2%788,700688,00014.6%Europe3,100,0003,070,0000.9%300,000300,0000.0%Ger994,500960,8003.5%104,60096,4008.5%WEur ex D1,570,0001,670,000-5.8%140,000150,000-6.7%EEur534,600441,50021.1%54,60051,4006.2%China2,260,0001,890,00019.6%260,000200,00030.0%USA481,100360,40033.5%49,50038,50028.6%South Am842,200777,2008.4%89,70076,20017.7%Black: VW data. Blue: TTAC calculatedIncluding Porsche from August 1, 2012. Excluding MAN and Scania

In China, Volkswagen is seen up 30 percent in October , not to our surprise. Already going strong in the Middle Kingdom, Volkswagen profited from the misfortune of Japanese brands. However, Volkswagen did not manage to overtake GM in unit sales in China. Year to date, GM is looking at 2.33 million units sold in China (including 1.2 million Wulings…) vs. 2.26 million at Volkswagen. No new GM numbers are expected until the 4th quarter results, but it does not look like Volkswagen will be able to edge by GM on a global basis either.

Note: Volkswagen does only publish year-to-date, but no monthly data. Monthly data are calculated and subject to rounding errors.

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  • Srogers Srogers on Nov 16, 2012

    About the characters in the image- Given that they both have the same nasty rash, I wouldn't sleep with either one of them.

  • Tinker Tinker on Nov 18, 2012

    Not just a rash, but terminal red DANDRUFF, too. Is there a cure? And a fish eye earring, as well.

  • SCE to AUX Historically, the Land Cruiser sold ~3000 units annually in the US for its last 15 years, so the answer is no.
  • Theflyersfan Oh boy - the sequential manual transmission. Otherwise known as "Your 16 year old driving stick the first time is smoother" transmission. I know automakers were trying new things out around this time and seeing what would stick (hint: the dual clutches won out), but even in testing, the Toyota engineers should have said いいえ、ジャンクです。(No. It's a piece of junk.) Is this seller going to get $8500? Doubt it. Way too much interior work is needed and it just looks worn out in there. St. Petersburg - salt air year round can do some wonders under the cover as well. But the exterior still looks good which makes me thing it was garage kept. So, for $8,500 - no chance. But for maybe $5,500 to $6,000 and the buyer doesn't mind some extra work to clean up the interior, maybe a decent top down sun down fun car. Just hope the transmission holds up.
  • Dukeisduke Only if there's a significant price difference between it and the Lexus GX. Otherwise, no. If they do bring it over, they'll have to ditch that ugly grille.
  • Theflyersfan Chris here just gave me a big old dose of nightmare fuel with this. Let me explain... This past Saturday, driving home after doing some furniture shopping. I-64 Westbound is closed for extensive repairs in my part of Louisville so I had to take surface streets home. No problem as it's basically a straight shot from said furniture store to my domicile. Now, I had that recent spinal fusion surgery in my neck complete with four screws, some plates, artificial bone, and the chance that things might not have healed correctly so things are a bit tender and sore still. Driving home in a part of the area named St. Matthews when I pass a Walgreens. Barreling out of this Walgreens and totally ignoring the stop sign, and situational awareness of ANYTHING around him is a truck, very similar to the one shown above. Same color even. It's a four lane road - main drag through town. I'm in the inside lane and this 7,000 pound monstrosity is suddenly feet from turning an MX-5 into shrapnel. Top is down, had my wits, quickly downshift and manage to do a wild u-turn like move into the oncoming traffic lanes but avoided the hit. The neck, however, didn't like the strain and trauma and sent parts of my body into fits of limited sensations and pain. The truck driver, realizing what he's done suddenly stops. My top is down, windows are down, and we make eye contact as I pull alongside the person I have suddenly wished death on inside a flaming pit. And if I repeat the sentences of what was yelled at that jack***es face, I'll be on insta-ban here in milliseconds. He yells over, "Man, I'm sorry...I didn't see ya!" Well, ***face, learn what a stop sign means and scan the scene first. And get something that you can see over and in front instead of the blind spots that hide everyone under the age of 14 in front of the truck. So, I'm all for forcing these overdone, oversized, overfed, overstyled, guzzling, tiny-genital compensating redneck wannabe road monsters taken out back and put to rest and we return to normalcy. Made it home hurting like hell and tests were done today to check for further injury. And that Mazda can turn and spin on a dime... Try that move in that Sierra AT4XBZQZW8! whatever.
  • Dukeisduke I've read stories about that air suspension system - insanely high pressures, and crazy expensive to repair. I loved the Mark VIII's styling back then, but it definitely hasn't aged well.Also:"Mark VII was the first Mark available with dual front airbags..." Did you mean Mark VIII?