The Volkswagen passenger car brand reported a generally positive full-year 2016 result as deliveries increased to 5.99 million vehicles, with good performance in Europe and the U.S. despite some difficult months.
The Volkswagen brand finished 2016 with full-year vehicle deliveries up 2.8% over 2015. A total of 5.99 million vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide, representing 164,000 units more than in 2015. Worldwide deliveries grew 16.4% in December 2016, totalling 567,900 units.
Deliveries in Germany were down 14.3% in the month of December to 38,800 units, attributed to “the result of a systemic decline due to an extension in the leasing term for employees”. Volkswagen’s full year performance in its home market declined 7.2% in 2016.
However, some of the automotive brand’s major markets in Western Europe scored a better performance compared with the previous year, such as France (+35.8%), the Netherlands (+29.1%), and Italy (+29.5%), mainly driven by demand for the Polo and Tiguan models.
Over 37,200 vehicles were delivered in the U.S., a substantial increase of compared with the previous year (+20.3%), partly due to the newly-launched Golf Alltrack and a facelift for the Passat. Deliveries in Brazil ran at 21,400 units, a 2.9% increase against 2015, and attributed to “full resumption of production along with successful marketing measures”.
In China, Volkswagen's largest sales market, a total of 303,100 vehicles were delivered (+28.7%), while the Mexican market maintained the good sales performance of previous months, with deliveries in December 9.3% higher year-on-year.