19 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Polo and Passat European sales down, Golf sales up

2009 Volkswagen Polo

The latest monthly figures from motoring industry data and intelligence firm JATO Dynamics, find the Volkswagen Golf as one of the cars helping the European car market get back on the road to recovery. With its popularity boosted by national scrappage schemes such as the one in the UK, the Golf has recorded a 56% year-to-date increase in sales over the same period in 2008.

That’s despite a decline in the overall motor market of 12%, and the Golf’s impressive figures tally with Volkswagen’s own statistics. The German car maker reports that its world market share has risen to 11.7%, with group deliveries growing 11% in September alone.

It’s not quite so good news for the Polo and Passat. Faring less well, over the same period, the Passat’s sales figures are down 15.8%, with the Polo recording a much smaller loss of 3.3%. With the new model now coming on stream to most of its anticipated markets, we hope that small decrease becomes an increase. But, this may only happen if the industry recovery itself lasts.

David Di Girolamo, head of JATO Consult, agrees: ‘We are still seeing the market recovery driven by small cars and new models – in other words, the popular choices in national scrappage schemes. This has clearly distorted the natural performance of some markets and models. Now the end is in sight for these incentives, we will be watching the market closely, to see if this recovery is sustainable,’ he says.

[Source: German Car Scene]

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