Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 491,600 light commercial vehicles to customers across the globe in the 2019 trading year. The brand thus finished a narrow 1.6% below the level of the previous year (499,700).
While the company recorded modest growth in the European markets, the crisis-laden economic situations in the Middle East, South America and Australia led to drops in sales there that could not be fully compensated for elsewhere.
Here in Ireland we saw a total market of 22,500 vehicles in 2019, which was 7.1% higher than in 2018.
“In 2019 Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles finished the year with 19.1% market share which was up from 17.3% in 2018. The Caddy was Ireland’s best-selling vehicle and Crafter continued its phenomenal growth in the large van segment with its front, rear and all-wheel drive combinations, various floor lengths and roof heights and a choice of manual or automatic transmission and Startline, Trendline and Highline specification levels,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Director Alan Bateson.
The brand supplied 338,600 vehicles to customers (prior year 337,000; +0.%). Germany was the brand’s largest single market with 126,600 vehicles shipped (prior year 127,600; -0.8%).
Largely unaffected by Brexit, Great Britain, with 48,200 units shipped (47,000; +2.4%), remained the most significant export market for the company’s product lines. Other Western European markets:
France: 20,300 vehicles (-3.8%)
Spain: 18,000 vehicles (+8.4%)
Italy: 13,500 vehicles (+0.4%)
Here the company recorded consistently positive numbers in 2019, with a total of 47,600 vehicles being supplied to customers (+8.8%).
North and South America
In Mexico (North America region) shipped units of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models increased by 18% to 11,300. In South America sales numbers fell by 14.5% to 38,000 vehicles.
Brazil, where the company achieved 18,900 shipped units (+6.6%), was the region’s biggest individual market in 2019.
In Argentina the number of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models shipped fell due to the recession by 30.4% to 11,200 units.
Africa and Asia-Pacific
In Africa the company supplied 20,700 vehicles in the year (+7.4%). In the Asia-Pacific region 23,200 vehicles were sold (-13.4%). This was due in particular to the economic downturn and natural disasters in Australia.
Geopolitical tensions and a fall in currency values, especially in Turkey, caused Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ shipped unit figure to drop by 35.8% in the Middle East region to 12,200 vehicles.
The ongoing volatile market conditions in Turkey in particular led to a dramatic fall in sales for the company there, dropping to 9,500 vehicles (prior year 16,450; -%).
Deliveries by product line:
T series: 192,455 vehicles (4.8% decline)
Caddy: 155,136 vehicles (1.8% decline)
Amarok: 72,513 vehicles (10.4% decline)
Crafter: 70,974 vehicles (21.4% increase)