Sales of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand increased 0.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year, totalling 6.28 million units and with the sales of electric vehicles up 60%. According to the carmaker, consumer demand for electrified models grew considerably in the year; more than 80,000 electric vehicles were delivered in 2019 (+60%), with over half of these deliveries concerning an all-electric vehicle and the remainder a plug-in hybrid. The most popular model was the e-Golf, with more than 35,000 units delivered in the year. Audi deliveries were up 1.8% in the year, SEAT 10.9%, and Porsche 9.6%, while Skoda brand sales declined 0.9%.

Group sales in Europe totalled 4,552,800 (+3.9%) compared with 2018, with sales in Western Europe up 4.6%, home market Germany 6.2%, and Central and Eastern Europe 1.1%. In Russia, deliveries totalled 233,600 vehicles (+1.6%). In the North America region, Group deliveries declined 0.5% to 951,500 units; sales in the U.S. increased 2.5% in the year but declined 5.3% in Canada and 7.4% in Mexico. In the South America region, deliveries increased 3.2% to 608,600 vehicles, boosted by demand from Brazil (+17.1% to 470,400 units), while in Argentina deliveries fell 39.5% to 71,800 units. In the Asia-Pacific region, deliveries were down 0.4% to 4,530,100 vehicles, with deliveries in China, the Group’s largest single market, up 0.6% to 4,233,600 vehicles.