No. 1 in Sight: Volkswagen Sets Record for Most Passenger Cars Sold
It’s been all of about 24 hours since Satoshi Ozawa, executive vice president for Toyota, was quoted as saying the Japanese automotive giant has “sworn off” its efforts to be the biggest car company in the world. “There is no meaning in us [Toyota] being the global number one,” Ozawa told Automotive News. “I believe we will never have a target to be number one.”Ozawa said that the company will instead focus on customer satisfaction as well as product quality rather than overall sales volume. Enter the Volkswagen Group, which consists of the Volkswagen, Audi Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Seat, and Skoda brands, with Porsche recently coming into the fold as well. VW also has purchased a major stake in Suzuki and has extensive operations in China. During the first five months of this year Volkswagen has delivered more than 2,000,000 vehicles to willing customers. V Dub also saw a 16 percent rise in vehicles delivered in May with a total of 436,400. “Our positive trend continued in May and we have posted yet another delivery record,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. VW delivered 792,100 vehicles in the Asia Pacific region from January to May of this year. Of that number, 714,200 of those vehicles were sold in China, which has recently overtaken the U.S. as the largest car market in the world. In the U.S., a total of 194,600 customers received vehicles in the first five months, almost a 20 percent increase over that time. The most notable of the growth was observed in the Central and Eastern Europe region with deliveries rising a whopping 40 percent with 71,900 vehicles turned over to customers. Russia also saw a substantial rise in units sold with 34,400 vehicles entering the country. The German homeland also experienced a rise with 248,800 vehicles taking to the road. Volkswagen has made it clear recently that is has designs on selling 10 million units worldwide by 2018, with some 800,000 of that number here in the U.S. And unlike Toyota, the VW leadership is making no bones about the fact that it wants to be the world’s largest automaker. If sales continue at this clip, we’re betting they will. Source: Volkswagen
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