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Volkswagen Group has registered a decline in the number of vehicles delivered worldwide in the month of February 2017, impacted by lower demand in China, Brazil and its home market Germany.
In February 2017, deliveries in the Asia Pacific region remained below the previous year’s level (-2.2%), and the Group struggled in Brazil where 19,700 units were delivered against 21,700 in the same month the prior year (-8.9%). A total of 97,400 new cars were delivered in home market Germany in the month, representing a drop of 7.6%. Worldwide, total car deliveries in February 2017 were 0.9% lower year-on-year.
Worldwide sales for the Audi brand were negative in the first two months of 2017, totalling 249,100 units (-7.7%), while Porsche registered a 3% increase in units delivered. Sales of the Volkswagen brand were also negative in the period (-3.9%), while the Skoda and Seat brands registered an increase of +2.7% and +13.6%, respectively.
In January-February 2017, overall sales to Russia increased 6.3% to 13,100 units, and sales in North America reached 67,300 units, up 8%. In Europe, the Group delivered 620,100 vehicles (+2.6%) in the period, while sales in the Asia Pacific region were negative (-9.5%), totalling 616,500 units. Worldwide, sales were 2.6% lower in the first two months of 2017 compared with the corresponding period in 2016.
“We are experiencing a tailwind in Central and Eastern Europe as well as North America and were able to increase deliveries by the Group, in some cases significantly, in these regions. On the other hand, deliveries in Germany and the Asia-Pacific region remained below the previous year's level," said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.