The new emissions standard C6 has applied since July 1, 2019, which led customers to bring purchases forward to June, reflecting a similar effect in Europe in the previous year. Vehicle deliveries in this region had reached a high level as a result of WLTP last June, and as expected, there was therefore a fall (-4.8 percent) in June 2019. In North America (-0.5%) deliveries were slightly below those recorded in June 2018, while the South American market (-0.1%) remained almost unchanged. In total, 5,365,300 vehicles delivered from January to June (-2.8%).

“In June, the brands of the Volkswagen Group achieved good performance and boosted deliveries in overall markets that continued to shrink. In China, we benefited especially strongly from the positive impetus given by the changeover in emissions standards. It remains to be seen whether this will lead to a general turnaround there. All in all, we can look back on a successful first half of the year: the Group has maintained its position in a challenging market environment and expanded its global market share”, said Dr Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group Sales.