Το VW Group ανακοίνωσε ότι από την αρχή του έτους έως και τέλη του Νοέβμρη, όλες οι εταιρίες του έχουνε πουλήσει 8,29 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα, αύξηση 10,4% σε σχέση με πέρυσι, ενώ μόνο τον Νοέμβριο πούλησε 794.500 αυτοκίνητα, +11,7%.
Στην Ευρώπη πούλησε 3,40 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (+0,7%), στην Δυτική Ευρώπη (εκτός Γερμανίας) 1,71 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (-6,0%), στη Γερμανία 1,10 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (+3,4%), και στη Κεντρική και Ανατολική Ευρώπη 590.800 αυτοκίνητα (+19,4%). Στη Ρωσία πούλησε 290.100 αυτοκίνητα (+42,9%).
Στην περιοχή Ασίας-Ειρηνικού πούλησε 2,86 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (+19,5%), με τα 2,53 (+20.2%) στη Κίνα, κάνοντας την, την μεγαλύτερη αγορά του ομίλου παγκοσμίως. Στην Ινδία πούλησε 104.000 αυτοκίνητα (+3,3%). Στη Βόρειο Αμερική πούλησε 757.300 αυτοκίνητα (+26,1%), με τα 534.000 (+33,9%) στις Η.Π.Α, ενώ στη Νότιο Αμερική πούλησε 923.800 αυτοκίνητα (+8,0%) με τα 709.000 (+9,8%) στη Βραζιλία.
Σε ότι αφορά τις φίρμες. Η Volkswagen πούλησε 5,22 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (+11,2%), η Audi 1,34 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα (+12,7%), η Porsche από τις 1 Αυγούστου του 2012 47.400 αυτοκίνητα και 128.978 αυτοκίνητα από την αρχή του έτους, η Skoda 873.000 (+6,9%), η Seat 293.800 (-8,2%) ενώ τα επαγγελματικά της VW 501.000 αυτοκίνητα (+4,6%).
Παράλληλα, η Porsche ανακοίνωσε ότι από το 2011 έχει προσλάβει επιπλέον 17.000 άτομα σε όλο τον κόσμο, ως μέρος της στρατηγικής της “Strategy 2018”, η οποία έχει ως στόχο να πουλά 200.000 αυτοκίνητα ετησίως. Αναλυτικότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Volkswagen Group: January – November vehicle deliveries exceed eight million for first time
- 10.4 percent increase to 8.29 million vehicles* from January to November
- 11.7 percent* rise in month of November
- Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “More vehicles were delivered in eleven months than during the whole of last year. We are already preparing for a very challenging year in 2013.”
Wolfsburg, 14 December 2012 – The Volkswagen Group recorded a further increase in worldwide vehicle deliveries from January to November, topping the eight million mark for the first time in this period. In total, 8.29 (January – November 2011: 7.51; +10.4 percent)* million vehicles were handed over to customers in eleven months. The Group also performed well in the month of November, delivering 794,500 (November 2011: 711,500; +11.7 percent)* units. “We have already delivered more vehicles after eleven months than during the whole of last year. That is an outstanding achievement, particularly in view of the continuing difficult situation on some European markets”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday, and added: “Despite this year’s new delivery record we are already preparing for a very challenging year in 2013.”
Group brands delivered a total of 3.40 (3.38; +0.7 percent) million vehicles on the overall European market from January to November. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), 1.71 (1.82; -6.0 percent) million customers took delivery of a new vehicle. In its home market of Germany, the Volkswagen Group grew deliveries by 3.4 percent to 1.10 (1.06) million units. Group brands recorded growth in Central and Eastern Europe, where 590,800 (494,900; +19.4 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers, of which 290,100 (203,100; +42.9 percent) were delivered in Russia, the region’s largest single market.
Deliveries on the American continent also developed well with the number of vehicles handed over in the North America region in the period to November growing 26.1 percent to 757,300 (600,700) units, of which 534,000 (398,700; +33.9 percent) were delivered in the United States. The Volkswagen Group handed over 923,800 (855,600; +8.0 percent) vehicles to customers in South America during the same period, of which 709,000 (645,500; +9.8 percent) were delivered in Brazil, the region’s largest single market.
The Group also recorded very satisfactory figures in the Asia-Pacific region, where 2.86 (2.39; +19.5 percent) million vehicles were handed over to customers in eleven months, of which 2.53 (2.11; +20.2 percent) million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market. In India, 104,000 (100,700; +3.3 percent) customers took possession of a new vehicle.
Outline of developments at Group brands
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.22 (4.69; +11.2 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide in the period to November. The brand developed particularly well in the United States, where 394,100 (291,900; +35.0 percent) units were delivered. Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 246,500 (195,900; +25.9 percent) vehicles in the Central and Eastern Europe region during the same period.
Audi delivered 1.34 (1.19) million vehicles worldwide in the period to November, an increase of 12.7 percent. The premium brand from Ingolstadt benefited among other things from substantial growth in China, where customers took possession of 370,600 (283,600; +30.7 percent) vehicles. In the United States the brand grew deliveries 18.6 percent compared with the prior-year period to 124,500 (104,900) models.
The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 47,400 vehicles from August to November. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 14,900 vehicles were handed over, and in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where deliveries ran at 2,300.
The ŠKODA brand delivered a total of 873,000 (816,800; +6.9 percent) vehicles worldwide from January to November. The company performed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where customers took possession of 237,500 (210,000; +13.1 percent) new vehicles. ŠKODA deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region increased to 264,500 (242,100; +9.3 percent) units.
SEAT delivered 293,800 (320,000; -8.2 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to November. Markets in the Europe region remained difficult with the company handing over 242,400 (285,300; -15.0 percent) vehicles to customers. Deliveries developed well in Germany, where 57,900 (48,500; +19.3 percent) units were handed over, and the UK, where 36,300 (33,600; +8.0 percent) customers chose a SEAT model, as well as Mexico, where 18,900 (15,800; +19.5 percent) vehicles were delivered.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew deliveries 4.6 percent to 501,000 (479,000) units in the period to November. 113,200 (112,300; +0.8 percent) models were handed over to customers in the home market of Germany. Deliveries also developed very well in Central and Eastern Europe, where customers took possession of 37,700 (32,300; +16.7 percent) units.
*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania
30 percent more employees since the beginning of last year
Porsche is getting ready for the labour market of the future
Stuttgart. The Stuttgart-based Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is looking to improve competitiveness and attractiveness as an employer even further. The Executive Board and General Works Council have agreed on appropriate measures for increased flexibility and productivity, as well as a better balance between family and career. This enables the sports car manufacturer to cover its rising demand for skilled workers. The highly successful Porsche “Strategy 2018” necessitates workforce growth every year: the number of employees worldwide has increased by around 30 percent to more than 17,000 staff since 2011.
It is proving ever-more difficult to find well-educated people on the labour market. The demographic development is exacerbating this problem significantly. This is a major challenge not just for Porsche, but the entire German automotive industry. The attractiveness of the employer plays a central role when competing for the best employees. Against this backdrop, Executive Board and General Works Council are jointly taking steps in the form of a programme of concrete measures to prepare Porsche for the labour market of the future.
“Overall, higher flexibility and productivity will strengthen our competitiveness considerably,” as Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG said. Thomas Edig, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board Human Resources, added: “Our solutions are intended to increase the attractiveness of Porsche as a modern employer, and we want to give our employees options regarding their lifestyle by allowing for individual working times.” As the Chairman of the Porsche AG General Works Council and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Uwe Hück, explains: “Fact of the matter is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find skilled workers due to demographic change. We also need flexible working times that do justice to the different life stages of our colleagues, as well as permitting the reconciliation of family and career.”
Hück further pointed out that “the ever-increasing productivity in manufacturing causes considerable pressure on our colleagues. We need productivity to get new vehicles, so we need a balancing act between shorter work time with full pay compensation for our colleagues.” Management and employee representatives have agreed that additional workload for employees in manufacturing that were caused by increases in productivity are to be compensated through a gradual reduction of working time to 34 hours a week with a full compensation by mid-2013.
An important measure is the agreement on modern, life-stage-oriented working time models, which bring greater flexibility and freedom of choice to account for employees’ different lifestyles. For this purpose, the individual working time may vary within a frame of 20 to 35 hours per week on a temporary basis, for example, for training, education and care time, or used for a sabbatical. “Increasingly, both parents are working. As an employer, we must respond to this development, and support it strongly,” as Thomas Edig said; he reiterated: “That’s exactly what we are doing now.” Childcare places are currently being set up in Zuffenhausen and Weissach. The Member of the Executive Board Human Resources also refers to a cooperation Porsche has concluded for the family services: “We offer our employees access to professional help with childcare issues for the entire family, but also in case of emergency and for nursing care.”
In addition, a wider group of employees can work 40 hours per week on a regular basis now. This was also agreed by the Board and Works Council. Previously, the general collective agreement specified a proportion of 18 percent of employees, which no longer meets the current and future requirements at Porsche. In future, significantly more workers may be part of this group in certain areas. For instance, the proportion of 40-hour contracts for engineers working in development in Weissach can now be increased in accordance with operational needs.
Furthermore, the number and maximum lifetime of temporary workers on the basis of the collective agreement for temporary employment is regulated separately for the various business areas. This guarantees Porsche the necessary flexibility for the future. Also, Executive Board and General Works Council have expressly agreed on “equal work, equal pay”. Temporary workers receive the same monthly pay as their permanently employed colleagues. With the right qualifications, they will be given preference over equally suitable external candidates for future recruitment.
Overall, Executive Board and General Works Council are convinced that the agreed programme “Porsche is getting ready for the labour market of the future” is an excellent preparation for times to come. On the one hand, the competitiveness of the Porsche sites, as well as the internal and external flexibility are improved. On the other hand, Porsche is establishing modern, attractive and market-compatible framework and employment conditions that take into account the interests of workers and employer, as well as ensuring an improved work and family life balance for all employees thanks to life-stage-oriented working time models.