Volkswagen delivered 10.Eight million automobiles in 2018, eyes world No.1 spot, Auto Information, Automobilnews
BERLIN: Volkswagen Group stated on Friday its passenger automotive deliveries rose 0.9 p.c final 12 months to a file 10.83 million, placing it neck-and-neck with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi within the race to be the world’s greatest carmaker.Rivals Toyota Motor and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi haven’t launched 2018 registration figures, however the Franco-Japanese alliance bought 10.6 million automobiles in 2017 and racked up gross sales of 5.54 million automobiles within the first half of 2018.
Toyota final month launched a forecast for whole international gross sales of 10.55 million automobiles final 12 months, however has but to substantiate official numbers.
Volkswagen stated the VW model delivered 6.24 million automobiles final 12 months, whereas premium manufacturers Audi and Porsche posted registrations of 1.81 million and 256,000 automobiles respectively.
This makes Audi the third greatest promoting premium model behind BMW, which delivered 2,125,026 automobiles and chief Mercedes-Benz, which bought 2.31 million passenger automobiles.Volkswagen stated the continued commerce dispute with the USA had dampened the enterprise local weather in China, its most necessary market, over the second half of 2018.
Volkswagen‘s head of gross sales, Christian Dahlheim, stated in a webcast on Friday that he anticipated demand in China to stay secure in 2019, though the primary quarter can be difficult.
Individually, Dahlheim stated the German carmaker didn’t foresee a major monetary impression in 2019 from the implementation of the brand new WLTP emissions customary, which value the corporate 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in 2018.
Volkswagen Group stated December deliveries fell 8.four p.c, to 916,200 automobiles, from 999,900 a 12 months earlier.
December group deliveries to China dropped by 12.5 p.c year-on-year, the Wolsburg-based carmaker stated, including deliveries additionally fell by 5.6 p.c in Europe and by 3.four p.c in the USA.