• Deliveries to customers are up 3.4 per cent in first five months of 2015
• New Caddy and T6 shortly before market launch
• Plants in Poland and Hannover working with full commitment
• Brand shows increases in Western Europe in May, primarily in Italy, the
Netherlands and the United Kingdom
• Significant growth in Asia and the Middle East as well
From January to May 2015, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles achieved a 3.4 per cent increase in deliveries with 184,400 vehicles from the T, Caddy, Amarok and Crafter series (January to May 2014: 178,300 units).
At the same time, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle plants in Hannover and Poznan, Poland have started production of the new generation Volkswagen Caddy and the new generation Volkswagen Transporter and are working with full commitment.
“After the highly successful launch of the third generation Caddy and Tseries, we are now retooling our production to new models. Despite this, we are able to achieve significant growth in key sales regions,” said Bram Schot, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “Reactions to our new Caddy and our new T-series are very promising,” said Schot.
Even during the completed model change for the T and the new Caddy, worldwide deliveries remained largely stable in May at 36,900 vehicles (2014: 37,700: -2 per cent). The brand continued to improve its results in the main sales region of Western Europe with 25,300 vehicles (2014: 25,200: +0.7 per cent). In Western Europe, the markets showing the highest growth in deliveries to customers were Italy (800 vehicles; +50 per cent), the Netherlands (1,300 units; +25.5 per cent) and the United Kingdom (over 4,500 deliveries; +21.2 per cent).
In the Asia/Pacific region, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showed considerable gains with 2,100 delivered vehicles; sales were especially strong in Australia with +30 per cent growth to nearly 1,300 units. In the Middle East region (2,600 vehicles; +13.9 per cent), Turkey was a significant growth driver.
In Eastern Europe Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 2,400 vehicles in May (-23.7 per cent). In the South American region the number of deliveries dropped by 19 per cent to 2,600 units. The African region delivered 1,500 vehicles (-10.9 per cent).