Volkswagen Group confirms poor November

Global light commercial vehicle and truck sales a pale reflection of 2014

Volkswagen Group confirms poor November
Volkswagen's commercial vehicle numbers are down globally.


The Volkswagen Group has announced a decline in global vehicle and commercial vehicle deliveries in 2015, falling two per cent on the same 11-month period of 2014.

Its commercial vehicle arm has moved 390,300 light commercial vehicles until the end of November, 2.8 per cent below last year’s 401,400 figure.

Similarly, global numbers across all divisions fell 1.7 per cent, headlined by a 13.9 per cent decline from the MAN trucking arm.  

The poor performance from the trucking brand was emphasised in the month of November, where its deliveries dropped 22.3 per cent from 11,000 last year to 8,600 in 2015.

The commercial vehicle arm’s November figures weren’t without note either, seeing a 10.2 per cent decline from 37,500 last year to 33,700 during the month.

The Volkswagen Group’s other heavy-vehicle division, Scania, did have a positive month however, seeing a 0.3 per cent increase during the period.

For the year so far, the Swedish truck maker remains 1.7 per cent behind 2014.

For the Asia-Pacific region, Volkswagen’s total deliveries were up 4.6 per cent during November, bucking the current trend across 2015 of a three per cent fall.

The majority of the rise was attributed to China, which saw a 5.5 per cent increase in vehicle numbers.

For light commercial vehicles around the globe, Western Europe dropped 1.9 per cent, Eastern Europe dropped 18.3 per cent, and South America dropped 7.5 per cent.

The Middle East grew 32.3 per cent during the eleven months, thanks to sales in Turkey rising by 38.5 per cent.

In terms of product lines, the Transporter and Crafter models rose 2.1 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively across the globe.

However, Caddy models fell 9.6 per cent and Amarok vehicles dropped 1.4 per cent.


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