15/08/2022

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VW brand vehicle sales 8.1% down in 2021

VW brand vehicle sales 8.1% down in 2021
VW’s ID.four is its major marketing EV

Despite the fact that it posted sturdy sales of electrical autos, Volkswagen model vehicle sales were down eight.one% in 2021 owing primarily to the sales constraints caused by the international semiconductors scarcity.

Volkswagen delivered around four.897 million autos throughout all travel programs to buyers around the entire world very last yr – down eight.one% on 2020. The organization blamed the ‘lagging provide of semiconductors [which] caused limits in output all over the class of the year’.

Volkswagen reported it expects that the ‘first 50 % of 2022 at minimum will continue to be highly risky and hard owing to persistent provide bottlenecks for semiconductors’. Having said that, the organization expects to be ready to stabilize output as the yr goes on and lower its substantial backlog of orders.

“Volkswagen realized satisfactory sales under very hard problems. The massive consequences on output introduced on by the semiconductor situation could not be completely compensated for around the class of the yr, even so. Nonetheless, our record-breaking buy backlog of 543,000 autos in Europe on your own – thereof 95,000 IDs – shows obviously that the demand for Volkswagen autos carries on to be pretty substantial,” reported Klaus Zellmer, Board Member for Sales and Advertising and marketing at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen doubles deliveries of electrical autos

The proportion of VW model purely battery-run electrical autos (BEVs) and hybrid autos nearly doubled to 7.five percent of full deliveries (2020: four percent). In Europe, these autos now account for 19.3 percent of Volkswagen’s deliveries (2020: 12.six percent).

Volkswagen recorded a considerable maximize in deliveries of electrical autos particularly in the United States, China and Germany. In the company’s household current market, just one in four Volkswagen autos was a plug-in vehicle.

VW reported the electrical offensive in China is on observe even however the provide bottlenecks for semiconductors observed in the direction of the conclusion of the yr also impacted the electrical autos that experienced beforehand been prioritized for output. A full of seventy seven,one hundred BEVs (+437 percent) were delivered in China, together with extra than 70,000 from the ID. relatives, creating Volkswagen just one of the 5 largest BEV suppliers in China. A additional considerable maximize is prepared for 2022, VW reported. Near to seventeen,000 BEVs were sold in the United States, nearly twenty periods extra than in the prior yr. This introduced Volkswagen up to fourth place among the BEV companies.

ID.four is VW’s most common EV

Volkswagen’s most common BEV model throughout the world is the ID.four. The ID.four was the most routinely delivered of the 263,000 BEVs with 119,650 units sold, followed by the ID.33 (around 76,000), the e-up!four (close to 41,five hundred) and just under 18,000 units of the ID.six, which Volkswagen delivers completely in the Chinese current market. In Europe, the ID.four topped the BEV charts in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Eire. The all-electrical SUV ID.four was also efficiently rolled out in the United States with nearly seventeen,000 units becoming handed around to buyers. In China, the vehicle presently ranks 2nd among the all-electrical SUVs.

Concentration on SUVs forty% share of sales

VW reported that SUVs are the quickest-escalating current market segment and that it has ‘systematically geared its portfolio to this pattern at an early stage. SUVs now make up extra than forty percent of all vehicle deliveries (prior yr: 34.eight percent). Volkswagen created as significantly as 3-quarters of its sales profits in the United States with SUVs, marketing its maximum quantity of autos there considering that 2013.

Nonetheless, VW reported the Golfing model held on to its major position as the most effective-marketing motor vehicle in Germany in 2021 ‘despite the strained provide situation for semiconductors’.