Volkswagen deliveries in September affected by WLTP changeover, as expected

Volkswagen deliveries in September affected by WLTP changeover, as expected

10.10.2018: 485,000 vehicles delivered throughout the world in September – 18.3 percent below September 2017 Europe and Germany affected by especially severe fall as a result of expected WLTP effect on overall market and the brand

485,000 vehicles delivered throughout the world in September – 18.3 percent below September 2017 

Europe and Germany affected by especially severe fall as a result of expected WLTP effect on overall market and the brand 

Brazil continues to grow: +26.1 percent compared with September 2017 


Volkswagen delivers 4,622,900 vehicles throughout the world from January to September, 2.9 percent above comparable period of previous year 


Volkswagen Board Member for Sales Jürgen Stackmann: “Developments in September were a setback, but we had been expecting this following the records in the summer. October will also be affected by the changeover to the WLTP test procedure. From November, we will be ready for the end-of-the-year sprint.”

In September, the Volkswagen brand delivered fewer vehicles throughout the world than in the same month of the previous year: in total, 485,000 vehicles were handed over to customers, representing a fall of 18.3 percent compared with September 2017.

This development was chiefly due to the effects of the WLTP changeover in Europe and especially in Germany, where deliveries were 42.6 and 47.1 percent respectively below the figures for the same month of the previous year. However, the outstanding figures reported since the beginning of the year have helped to soften the fall experienced in September.

 In the year to date, some 4,622,900 vehicles have been handed over to customers throughout the world. The brand therefore remains above the figure for the corresponding period of the previous year, with a rise of 2.9 percent. Volkswagen Board Member for Sales Jürgen Stackmann: “The year to date has been the most successful ever for Volkswagen.

Developments in September were a setback, but we had been expecting this following the records in the summer. October will also be affected by the changeover to the WLTP test procedure. Currently, we have obtained WLTP approval for high-volume variants of all 14 Volkswagen brand models.

 By the end of the year, the changeover should have been virtually completed. This is why we expect a return to our old strength. From November, we will be ready for the end-of-the-year sprint in Europe.“

Deliveries in the region’s markets in September developed as follows:

•    91,100 vehicles were handed over to customers in Europe, 42.6 percent fewer than in September 2017. The main reason for this development was the introduction of the new WLTP test procedure on September 1.

This led many customers in Western European markets to bring forward their purchasing decisions, resulting in extraordinary growth in delivery figures over the summer months and now, as expected, to the severe falls in September, also in the overall market. Thanks to its strong performance, with 1,353,200 vehicles delivered from January to September, the Volkswagen brand was still able to report growth of 5.9 percent in this region in the year to date.

•    In the home market of Germany, where the WLTP changeover also had a massive effect, the Volkswagen brand reports growth for the year to date. Although deliveries in September fell by 47.1 percent compared with the same month of the previous year, to 23,300 units, the delivery figures from January to September are still 4.9 percent above the comparable period of the previous year, at 419,200 vehicles.

•    18,000 vehicles were delivered to customers in Central and Eastern Europe, a fall of 19.1 percent compared with the previous year. Here too, the WLTP changeover had a negative impact on certain markets. Russia continued to be a strong market for Volkswagen and was able to compensate for the negative effect in the region to a certain extent. In Russia, 9,400 vehicles were handed over to customers, 16.2 percent more than in the previous year.

•    With 49,000 vehicles handed over to customers, deliveries in North America were 8.8 percent down on the same month in 2017. In the USA, 30,600 customers took delivery of a new Volkswagen – a fall of 4.8 percent. The brand outperformed the overall market, which experienced a slump largely due to the severe storms in the region. In Mexico too, the overall market remained tense and Volkswagen delivered 11,900 vehicles, 15.9 percent fewer than in the previous year.

•    In South America, the Volkswagen brand recorded further growth. All in all, 38,700 vehicles were handed over to customers, a rise of 2.1 percent over September 2017. The positive development continued to be driven by Brazil, the largest market in the region. Here, 28,900 vehicles were delivered, representing a rise of 26.1 percent over the same month of the previous year. The new Polo, recently introduced by Volkswagen, is very popular with customers. In the meantime, some 49,400 units of the Polo and 29,300 of the Virtus have been delivered.

•    The Volkswagen brand delivered 277,800 vehicles in China, 10.5 percent down on the previous year. The reason for the decrease was the marked general uncertainty among consumers in the country as a result of the continuing tariff dispute with the USA. This has resulted in considerable reluctance on the part of purchasers throughout the market. From January to September, Volkswagen delivered 2,241,300 vehicles to customers in its largest single market, a rise of 1.9 percent.

Overview of deliveries by the Volkswagen brand in September:

Deliveries to customers by market    Sep.2017    Sep.2018    Change (%)Jan.- Sep.2017    Jan.- Sep.2018    Change (%)

Europe    158,500    91,100    -42.6%    1,278,300    1,353,200    +5.9%

Western Europe    136,300    73,100    -46.4%    1,090,600    1,144,200    +4.9%

Germany    44,100    23,300    -47.1%    399,800    419,200    +4.9%

Central and Eastern Europe    22,200    18,000    -19.1%    187,700    209,000    +11.3%

Russia    8,100    9,400    +16.2%    62,100    74,800    +20.4%

North America    53,800    49,000    -8.8%    440,000    428,000    -2.7%

USA    32,100    30,600    -4.8%    252,500    266,200    +5.5%

South America    37,900    38,700    +2.1%    315,200    349,400    +10.9%

Brazil    22,900    28,900    +26.1%    191,800    237,100    +23.6%

Asia-Pacific    326,200    294,200    -9.8%    2,324,700    2,372,300    +2.0%

China    310,500    277,800    -10.5%    2,200,400    2,241,300    +1.9%

Worldwide    593,700    485,000    -18.3%    4,490,900    4,622,900    +2.9%


Manuela Höhne - photo Volkswagen


10.10.2018 / MaP

More News

Mercedes-Benz sells more than 200,000 vehicles worldwide in September
    From January to September, unit sales by Mercedes-Benz of 1,715,087 vehicles were at the high prior-year level (-0.1%).    Worldwide, Mercedes-Benz sold 202,819 units in September (-8.2%).    In the third quarter, 526,255 cars with the star were delivered to customers worldwide (-8.2%). more >>
Renault Board of Directors proposes the appointment of Mr. Thomas Courbe as Director
Mr. Pascal Faure, who has served on Groupe Renault’s Board of Directors as representative of the French State since February 2013, has decided to resign from his office as Director. During its meeting held on more >>
Exceptional situation in Europe adversely affects AUDI AG deliveries in September
Down 22.0 percent in the month, year as a whole up 2.0 percent year-on-year        Growth in China and North America, negative extraordinary effects in Europe        Interims-CEO and Sales chief Bram Schot: “We expected challenging months and are responding actively to the situation” more >>
Opel Achieves Market Share of 10.2 Percent in September in Germany
Opel benefitted from the timely and consistent preparation of the transition to the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) test cycle in September: The brand with the Blitz achieved a passenger car market share of 10.2 percent (+ 2.6 percentage points) in Germany in September. more >>
Daimler sets its course for the future
-  Dieter Zetsche to succeed Manfred Bischoff in the Supervisory Board – Ola Källenius to become Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG in 2019    Supervisory Board prepares succession at an early stage    Dieter Zetsche to be elected as member of the Supervisory Bo more >>
Williams Reports 2018 Interim Results
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group’s interim results for the six months to 30 June 2018. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of compa more >>
Porsche in Central and Eastern Europe: Michael Müller succeeds Marcus Eckermann
Change of management in the sales organisationPersonnel change at the top of the Porsche sales organisation for Central and Eastern Europe: Michael Müller (46), previously Area Director Western Europe at Porsche AG, will take over as Managin more >>
TRATON and Chinese Sinotruk significantly expand strategic partnership
TRATON´s brand MAN and CNHTC’s Sinotruk plan to establish joint venture     MAN to localize heavy-duty truck in China     Extension of technology cooperation will be evaluated in key focus areas more >>
BMW i Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Vera
BMW i Ventures has announced a strategic investment in Vera, a company developing innovative data-centric security technology for business of all sizes.   Since the company’s founding, Vera has helped some of the world’s leading companies protect their most critical data, without sacrificing visibility and control. Over the past yea more >>
Volkswagen expands its engagement in Africa
- memorandums of understanding signed with Ghana and Nigeria    New plants are to be built in Ghana and Nigeria    Ghana teams with Volkswagen to test new mobility solutions    Memorandums of unders more >>
Transforming Transportation: Volkswagen Truck & Bus is now TRATON GROUP
Official name change major milestone on the way to become Global Champion    Renschler: “TRATON is a young company with the unique character of a start-up and the extensive experience of its traditional brands. This combination is what it takes to re-invent transportation for future generations.”    Strong brands MAN, S more >>
McLaren Automotive appoints Brett Soso a new regional director
... for the Middle East, Africa and Latin America Region  more >>
Rolls-Royce announces new President for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America
Rolls-Royce has announced that Martin Fritsches has been appointed as President, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America from 1 September 2018.Fritsches joined Rolls-Royce earlier thi more >>
Audi increases deliveries by 7.0 percent in July
Worldwide demand up 4.8 percent since January        Deliveries in China increase, positive extraordinary effects in Europe        Interim CEO and Sales chief Bram Schot: “Despite positive response to our models, challenges will increase” more >>
Lexus International releases 2018 mid-year sales report
    Lexus global mid-year sales reached 327,838 vehicles (+7% vs. 2017)    Lexus Europe* sold 38,543 vehicles in the same period (+7% vs. 2017)GLOBAL SALESLexus International to more >>
SEAT continues to break sales records
Cumulative growth of 20.1% •    SEAT delivered 342,700 cars until July, the best result in its history•    Last month’s sales rose sharply by 35.7% to reach more than 52,000 vehicles more >>
Porsche increases revenue and operating result in the first half year
Strong profitability despite economic and political challengesIn the first six months of 2018, Porsche AG increased its operating result, revenue, deliveries and number of employees. The ope more >>
A strong first half for the Volkswagen brand
    Further significant improvement in sales revenue, operating profit before special items and return on sales    SUV offensive successfully continued; marked growth in all regions of the world    Annual forecast for 2018 confirmed    Board Member for Finance Dr. Arno Antlitz: &l more >>
Groupe Renault sets a new operating margin record for a first half-year
Financial results for the 1st half of 2018:     Registrations increased 9.8% to 2.07 million units (+5.3% excluding Jinbei and Huasong).    Group revenues increased by 1.4% to €29,957 million (+2.4% in the seco more >>
Groupe Renault HR Senior Management changes
Effective August 1st, 2018, Marie-Françoise DAMESIN will retire from her Human Resources leadership positions both at the Alliance and at Renault. As regards to her HR position at the Alliance, Arun BAJAJ is appointed Alliance SVP, Human Resources. He maintains his current responsibilities as Alliance Talent management and Nissan Human Resour more >>
Groupe PSA: Sharp growth and record profitability
•    40.1% Group revenue growth at €38.6 billion[1]•    8.5% PCD[2] Automotive division recurring operating margin[3]•    5.0% OV[4] Automotive division recurring operating margin•    7.8% Group recurring operating margin, at €3.017 billion•  more >>
Daimler signs agreement on €11 billion credit line
    Concluded with international consortium at attractive conditions    Credit line significantly oversubscribed    New credit line replaces existing credit line and serves to ensure sufficient financial flexibility at all timesOn July 23, 2018, Daimler AG (ticker symbol DAI more >>
PSA Groupe - Worldwide sales up 38.1% in the first half of 2018
•    Groupe PSA sold 2,181,800 vehicles[1] worldwide, a new all-time record and a 38.1% growth compared with the first half of 2017•    SUV product offensive: sustained succ more >>
Porsche has again delivered more vehicles in the first half of the year
Deliveries of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car up by almost 30 per centThe positive trend has continued: With 130,598 vehicles delivered worldwide in just the first six months of 2018, Po more >>
Audi and Huawei sign memorandum of understanding for strategic cooperation
Audi intends to join forces with Chinese technology corporation Huawei to develop projects in the area of Intelligent Connected Vehicles        Advancement of automated driving and the digitalization of services in the vehicle environment        Pilot project in Wuxi, China, to test new mobile communic more >>
Hybrid drives continued sales growth for Lexus in Europe
    Lexus Europe* sold 38,543 vehicles in the first half of 2018, an increase of 7% vs. last year    Self-charging hybrid vehicles represented 95% of sales in Western and Central Europe    Sales increase led by renewed NX and CT, as well as continued success of RX    More th more >>
Audi sales grow by 4.5 percent in the first half of the year
Worldwide around 949,300 deliveries since January        June demand down 3.8 percent        Interim CEO and Sales chief Bram Schot: “Performed well despite the difficult environment” more >>
SEAT - Decisive boost to the globalisation strategy
 SEAT signs an agreement to team up with the joint venture between Volkswagen Group China and JAC •    SEAT to become a shareholder of the company created by Volkswagen Group China and JAC and will be the Group’s lead more >>
Acura RDX Snaps Multiple Sales Records Amidst 2019 Model Launch
    Best month ever for the RDX and for any Acura SUV    Best sales month for any Acura model in more than a decadeThe all-new 2019 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV came out of the gate at full gallop, hel more >>
American Honda Sets New June Sales Records on Strength of Light Trucks
    Light trucks lift American Honda to new June records for total vehicles and trucks    Acura RDX sets all-time best sales month and all-time record month for any Acura SUV on gain of 37%  &nb more >>
Cesar Habib - new Rolls Royce Motor regional director Middle East and Africa
Rolls-Royce has announced that César Habib has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018. He will be based in Dubai.Habib joined Rol more >>
SEAT to lead the Volkswagen Group’s expansion in North Africa
STRATEGIC PILLAR FOR GLOBALISATION   •    The Group decentralises its territorial structure to gain speed and efficiencySEAT has been designated by the Volkswagen AG to lead the Group’s growt more >>
Daimler adapts earnings expectations
Today, due to current developments, Daimler AG has made a new assessment of the earnings potential for the year 2018. From today's perspective, the decisive factor is that, at Mercedes-Benz Cars, few more >>
Abraham Schot takes over as interim Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi
...with immediate effect The Supervisory Board of AUDI AG has decided to transfer the duties of the Board of Management Chairman to Abraham Schot on a temporary basis with immediate effect.As previously reported, Audi CEO Ru more >>
RCI Bank and Services acquires an 75% majority interest in iCABBI
On June 8, 2018, RCI Bank and Services acquired a 75% majority interest in iCabbi, a dispatch management1 company for automotive fleets of taxis and PHVs2 that is currently reporting the highest growth rate on the market.Thanks to iCab more >>
Mercedes-Benz Trucks to invest about 50 million euros in expansion of the Development and Test Center
Almost precisely ten years after the ceremonial opening of the Development and Testing Center (EVZ) in Wörth am Rhein, Mercedes‑Benz Trucks will invest about another 50 million euros in the center of competence for the development work on commercial vehicles. more >>
Rolls-Royce on a roll
In light of the news emanating from Rolls-Royce plc today, and to avoid any potential confusion in the media, Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars wishes to clarify that it is in excellent health and enjoying sustained global success across its model range. There are no plans for job reductions. more >>
Alexander Pollich to be the new Managing Director of Porsche Deutschland
Jens Puttfarcken and Marcus Eckermann to head the Chinese and British sales organisations respectivelyPersonnel change at the top of Porsche Deutschland GmbH: Alexander Pollich (51), previously Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain, will be more >>
SEAT closes the best month of May in its history
18.5% GROWTH SINCE JANUARY •    The carmaker sold close to 50,000 cars, amounting to a 15.5% increase•    From January to May, SEAT commercialised 238,500 vehicles•  &nb more >>
2001-2023 copyright