Wolfsburg, 15 October 2007 – The Volkswagen brand delivered 8.2 percent more vehicles to customer worldwide during the first nine months of this year than during the same period in 2006. The brand sold a total of 2.73 million vehicles during the period January – September, delivering 327,000 vehicles in September alone, which corresponded to a 7.6 percent rise in sales compared with September 2006.
“With our uniquely broad range of models, we are well on course for setting a new sales record of over 3.5 million Volkswagen brand vehicles this year,” Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and the Volkswagen brand, commented. He added that the brand would be strengthening its model offensive and charisma with the self-confidence of its new claim: “Volkswagen – Das Auto.”
The Tiguan, Volkswagen’s latest series model, is all set for its market launch, which the compact SUV celebrates in Germany on November 9, with further markets following in quick succession. Over 10,000 advance orders for the four-wheel drive all-rounder have already been placed in Germany. More than 1,200 journalists from 45 countries have already tested the “small brother” of the Touareg for the first time. Their verdict was resoundingly positive. Around 12,000 dealers and sales personnel from all over the world are currently attending a specialist conference to learn about every aspect of the Tiguan in preparation for the market launch.
In the meantime, the Volkswagen up! concept car continues to create quite a stir. “As a synonym for departure, activity, dynamics and the future, this car sets a new milestone for the brand,” Winterkorn emphasized. The innovative concept car and city specialist already triggered an enormous wave of enthusiasm at its world premiere during the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. The second member of Volkswagen’s budding new small car family will make its international debut in a few days at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Mobility for everyone, affordable quality and the highest customer benefit – that is our approach as the most innovative volume brand,” Winterkorn said.
The Passat Coupé and Scirocco will be celebrating their world premieres next year, thus further strengthening the Volkswagen brand model offensive. The particularly environmentally compatible BlueMotion family remains extremely popular and its numbers will rise to a total of ten models over the coming months.