The volume of worldwide deliveries made by Volkswagen Group (VW) fell in April.
A total of 866,400 vehicles were shipped in the month – a 6.6 per cent annual decline.
Sluggish economies impact deliveries
VW claimed a “sluggish economy” in many major markets has impacted the firm’s figures in the year so far.
Overall, the manufacturer reported a total of 3,472,000 vehicles delivered from January to April. This represented a 3.7 per cent reduction from the same period in 2018.
Region-specific figures proved hard reading for the brand. Falls were recorded in Europe (two per cent), North America (4.1 per cent), South America (6.4 per cent) and Asia-Pacific (10.5 per cent).
Dr Christian Dahlheim, head of VW sales, commented: “In many major countries, the overall market experienced a downturn in April. The Volkswagen Group was not immune to this trend.”
Despite this, he added the company is optimistic this can be reversed in the second half of the year. Dr Dahlheim revealed a range of key new models will be released in the months ahead and delivery volumes should increase as a result.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Strong headwinds continue to impact vehicle sales for VW. However, the manufacturer is confident this downward trend can be turned around in the remainder of the year.”
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Posted on 21st May 2019
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