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German car brand Volkswagen recorded a worldwide improvement in November 2016 compared with the previous year, with overall deliveries up 7.5%.
A total of 533,500 Volkswagen branded vehicles were delivered worldwide in the month of November 2016, representing a 7.5% increase year-on-year. Between January and November 2016, a total of 5.4 million units were delivered, up 1.6% in the corresponding period the previous year.
“China continued to drive the positive trend in November. There was also positive momentum on some markets in Western Europe, the U.S, and India. Given the current challenging market environment, a 7.5% increase is a respectable result. The Volkswagen brand is on the right track and will end 2016 on a high note”, said Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales.
Deliveries in the home market, Germany, were down 16% to 44,300 units, a significant decrease compared with the previous year and attributed to a systemic decline due to an extension in the leasing term for employees. In the first eleven months of the year, the German market decreased 6.6%. As for the rest of western Europe, sales in France were up 13.6% in the month of November, followed by Spain (+13.1%), and Italy (+12.6%), mainly driven by the strong demand for the Tiguan and Touran models.
A total of 29,700 vehicles were delivered in the U.S. representing a 24.2% increase year-on-year, and “a statistical effect as a result of the withdrawal of diesel engines in the USA from October 2015”, said the company in a statement.
Deliveries in Brazil ran at 19,700 units, down 16.3% in November and slower than the overall downturn for January-November (-37.5%). China, Volkswagen’s largest sales market, recorded a positive trend in November, leading the sales score with 285,000 vehicles (+15.4%), representing an increase of 38,000 vehicles compared with 2015.
A total of 3,400 units were delivered in India in November 2016 (+37.8%), attributed to the successful launch of the Ameo designed specifically for the Indian market.