In 2019, the Volkswagen brand delivered 6,278,300 vehicles throughout the world, exceeding the prior-year figure by 0.5 percent. In a shrinking overall market, the brand therefore significantly expanded its market share.

Volume growth was achieved in Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific and the USA. Compared with the previous year, customers’ interest in electrified models grew considerably. More than 80,000 electric vehicles were delivered, corresponding to a marked increase of about 60 percent.

Chief Operating Officer Ralf Brandstätter said: “2019 was an important year for the Volkswagen brand. With the ID.3 and Golf 8, we have successfully presented groundbreaking new products and consistently focused on earnings power. The digital transformation roadmap which we have agreed with the employee representatives and is now to be implemented will also make a key contribution to improving efficiency and safeguarding the future. We will continue to work on costs in a disciplined way so that we can make the necessary investments for the future.“

Sales Board Member Jürgen Stackmann added: “In 2019, we significantly strengthened our global market position with considerable gains in market shares.”

The Volkswagen brand forged ahead with electrification 2019. Compared with the previous year, the number of electric vehicles delivered grew by about 60 percent to more than 80,000 units. More than half of these customers opted for an all-electric vehicle and the remainder chose a plug-in hybrid.

Once again, the most popular model was the e-Golf2, pictured, with more than 35,000 units delivered.

In Europe, Volkswagen delivered 1,763,800 vehicles, representing a rise of 0.9 percent. In Western Europe, 1,496,200 vehicles were handed over to customers, corresponding to growth of 1.8 percent. At 5.3 percent, growth was even more pronounced in the domestic market of Germany, where 569,900 customers took delivery of a new vehicle. In Central and Eastern Europe, deliveries fell by 4 percent to 267,600 vehicles.