Το VW Group θέλοντας να μην χάσει τον στόχο που έχει βάλει για το 2018, ανακοίνωσε ότι συμφώνησε το ρωσικό GAZ Group για να συναρμολογεί εκεί μοντέλα της Volkswagen και της Skoda για την Ρωσική αγορά. Οι δύο εταιρίες είχανε ήδη υπογράψει προσύμφωνο τον περασμένο Φεβρουάριο και η σημερινή ανακοίνωση ήρθε να επισημοποιήσει την συμφωνία εκείνη.
Η GAZ θα κατασκευάζει 110.000 μονάδες τον χρόνο με το VW Group να επενδύσει κοντά στα 200 εκατ. ευρώ στο εργοστάσιο της για να το αναβαθμίσει έτσι ώστε να μπορεί να κατασκευάζει τα Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia και Skoda Yeti. Τα πρώτα μοντέλα θα βγούνε από την γραμμή παραγωγής στα τέλη του 2012.
Την ίδια ώρα η Volkswagen ανακοίνωσε ότι κατά τους 5 πρώτους μήνες του 2011 πούλησε συνολικά 2.09 εκατ. επιβατικά αυτοκίνητα, παρουσιάζοντας αύξηση 12% σε σχέση με την αντίστοιχη περίοδο του 2010 (1.86 εκατ). Μόνο τον Μάιου του 2011 πούλησε 436.400 αυτοκίνητα, 16.1% περισσότερα σε σχέση με τον Μάιο του 2010 που είχε πουλήσει 376.100 μονάδες.
Μεγάλη αγορά φαίνεται ότι είναι αυτή της Ασίας και του Ειρηνικού αφού τους πρώτους 5 μήνες πούλησε εκεί 792.100 αυτοκίνητα (+19%) με τα 714.200 από αυτά να πηγαίνουν στην Κίνα! Στην Βόρειο Αμερική παρέδωσε 194.600 αυτοκίνητα (αναμένει αύξηση με την αρχή των πωλήσεων του νέου Beetle και του ανανεωμένου Tiguan) ενώ στην Κεντρική και Ανατολική Ευρώπη πούλησε 71.900 μονάδες, αύξηση 40.2% σε σχέση με το 2010. Σε ότι αφορά την αγορά της Ρωσίας, κατά τους πρώτους 5 μήνες του 2011 οι Ρώσοι αγόρασαν 34.400 αυτοκίνητα του ομίλου.
Update: Το VW Group ανακοίνωσε ότι πούλησε 3.37 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα τους πρώτους 5 μήνες του 2011, παρουσιάζοντας άνοδο 14.6% σε σχέση με την ίδια περίοδο του 2010. Τον Μάιο πούλησε 708.900 αυτοκίνητα, 1.74% περισσότερα από τον Μάιο του 2010
Στην Ευρώπη πούλησε 1.56 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα, 9.6% περισσότερα από πέρυσι. Συγκεκριμένα στη Δυτική Ευρώπη (εξαιρώντας την Γερμανία) πούλησε 882.000 αυτοκίνητα, ενός στην Κεντρική και στην Ανατολική 202.300 αυτοκίνητα, 30% περισσότερα από το 2010. Στη Γερμανία μόνο πούλησε 475.100 αυτοκίνητα, 8.7% περισσότερα από το 2010. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Volkswagen and GAZ sign agreement for contract manufacturing in Russia
- Annual production of 110,000 vehicles at GAZ plant agreed
- Local production of Volkswagen and Škoda models planned
Wolfsburg / Nizhny Novgorod, 14 June 2011 – Volkswagen and the GAZ Group today signed an agreement to assemble Volkswagen and Škoda models under contract at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. The companies already concluded a memorandum of understanding regarding joint automobile production in Russia in February 2011. The planned production volume is 110,000 vehicles per year. The agreement runs until 2019.
Under the contract manufacturing agreement, GAZ is to build the Volkswagen Jetta, Škoda Octavia and Škoda Yeti models for the Russian market. In order to respond swiftly to fast-growing demand in the Russian automobile sector, the first model to be built by GAZ, the Škoda Yeti, is to start rolling off the production line by the end of 2012.
Commenting on the agreement Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said: “The Russian market is a growth engine for the automobile industry and an important pillar of our Strategy 2018. The quick expansion of production capacity in cooperation with GAZ will significantly strengthen the Volkswagen Group’s position on this key market.”
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Nizhny Novgorod Detlef Wittig, General Representative of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said: “The agreement with GAZ is a further milestone in expanding our industrial commitment in Russia. Apart from the contract manufacturing of 110,000 vehicles per year at GAZ, we will also be expanding capacity at our plant in Kaluga in order to participate in the boom on the Russian market. We look forward to continued open and constructive cooperation with GAZ.”
The collaboration with GAZ is based on an additional agreement to Decree 166 relating to customs duties benefits which was concluded with the Russian government at the end of May. Back in February, the Volkswagen Group and the GAZ Group signed a memorandum of understanding regarding joint automobile production in Russia.
Investment in production at Nizhny Novgorod will amount to some €200 million. This covers expanding and modernizing existing paint shop and assembly facilities as well as setting up a new body shop.
In addition, Volkswagen and GAZ will be implementing a comprehensive training program for employees in Nizhny Novgorod, thus ensuring that the locally produced models meet the Volkswagen Group’s global quality standards.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivers over two million vehicles for the first time in period to May
Wolfsburg, 14 June 2011 – Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand increased further in the first five months of this year, with the brand delivering over two million vehicles for the first time in the period to May. A total of 2.09 (January – May 2010: 1.86; +12.2 percent) million vehicles were handed over to customers. The brand reported another noticeable increase in deliveries for the month of May, with 436,400 (May 2010: 376,100) vehicles sold, a rise of 16.1 percent. “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.
The brand delivered 792,100 (666,400; +18.9 percent) vehicles in the Asia / Pacific region from January to May, of which 714,200 (619,700; +15.3 percent) units were handed over to customers in China, the largest single market. Deliveries in North America, where the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handed over 194,600 (162,600; +19.7 percent) vehicles to customers in the first five months, were also very encouraging.
The brand reported a noticeable increase in the Central and Eastern Europe region, with deliveries rising 40.2 percent to 71,900 (51,300) units. The brand almost doubled deliveries in the single market of Russia to 34,400 (17,300; +99.1 percent) units. Volkswagen Passenger Cars also reported a rise on its home market of Germany, delivering 248,800 (240,000; +3.6 percent) vehicles there.
Volkswagen Group reports 14.6 percent rise in global vehicle deliveries from January to May
- Record: Vehicle deliveries for first five months top 3 million for first time
- 17.4 percent increase in May
- Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Benefiting from convincing model range”
Wolfsburg, 17 June 2011 – The Volkswagen Group reported a further rise in global deliveries from January to May this year. For the first time, deliveries to customers during this period topped the three million mark, running at 3.37 (January – May 2010: 2.94; +14.6 percent)* million units. Europe’s largest automaker therefore once again performed noticeably better than the world market (+6.8 percent). May was also a good month, with 708,900 (May 2010: 604,000; +17.4 percent)* vehicles handed over to customers. “We are very pleased with developments during the first five months of this year. The Volkswagen Group with its very convincing model range is benefiting from brisk demand on global automobile markets,” Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.
Overall, the Group brands delivered 1.56 (1.42; +9.6 percent) million vehicles throughout Europe in the first five months. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 882,000 (829,800; +6.3 percent) customers took delivery of a new vehicle. The Group brands reported continued high growth in Central and Eastern Europe, delivering 202,300 (156,100; +29.6 percent) units. In Germany, its home market, the Volkswagen Group achieved 8.7 percent growth, delivering 475,100 (437,000) vehicles.
Deliveries on the American continent also increased noticeably. The number of vehicles sold in the North America region grew 19.7 percent in the period to May to 261,600 (218,500) units, of which 172,400 (145,500; +18.5 percent) vehicles were delivered in the U.S. market. The Volkswagen Group handed over 376,800 (344,600; +9.3 percent) vehicles to customers in the South America region during the same period.
The Group also reported a significant rise in deliveries in the Asia / Pacific region, with 1.04 (0.86; +21.6 percent) million vehicles handed over to customers in the period from January to May, of which 921,100 (777,800; +18.4 percent) units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. The company also recorded a further very robust increase in the fast growing India market, where 46,200 (13,500; +242.0 percent) vehicles were delivered.
Stable increase in deliveries for all Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered more than two million vehicles for the first time in the period from January to May. In total, 2.09 (1.86; +12.2 percent) million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide. The brand developed particularly well in the Asia / Pacific (+18.9 percent) and North America (+19.7 percent) regions.
Audi delivered 535,400 (455,600; +17.5 percent) vehicles worldwide during the first five months. The premium brand from Ingolstadt performed particularly well in the regions of North America (+17.0 percent), South America (+26.8 percent) and Asia / Pacific (+26.7 percent).
The Škoda brand delivered 373,400 (307,400; +21.5 percent) vehicles worldwide from January to May. The Czech automaker developed particularly well in Central and Eastern Europe (+22.9 percent) and in the Asia / Pacific region (+37.5 percent).
SEAT delivered 152,500 (147,600) vehicles worldwide in the first five months, an increase of 3.3 percent. The Spanish brand reported growth in particular in Germany (+28.2 percent), Italy (+12.7 percent) and France (+14.0 percent).
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 213,000 (162,100; +31.4 percent) vehicles to customers from January to May, reporting particularly strong growth in the regions of South America (+40.3 percent), Asia / Pacific (+34.4 percent) and Central and Eastern Europe (+58.3 percent).
*) excluding Scania