“The positive trend for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in the first half of the year is very encouraging. It would be a major success if we could keep up this momentum during the second six months,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Volkswagen Passenger Cars reported a substantial sales increase in the Central and Eastern European region, where demand grew 42.2 percent in the first half of 2011. Sales also more than doubled in Russia, which now represents about a third of the region’s total figures. Deliveries in North America, where the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handed over 237,700 vehicles in the first six months, were also substantially improved.
Moving closer to home, the German automaker delivered 950,100 vehicles in the Asia-Pacific region from January to June, of which 852,800 units were handed over to customers in China, the largest single market. VW looks set to develop the Asia market with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DRB-HICOM Berhad to collaborate on local assembly in Malaysia.