11 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

New Polo helps Volkswagen become the world’s largest carmaker

2009 Polo and VW sales

Many sources have reported in the last week that Volkswagen has already achieved its 2018 goal to become the world’s largest carmaker. The latest set of released production figures state that the German giant has now overtaken Toyota to become world number one in terms of units produced.

Industry analysts Global Insight state that the Volkswagen Group manufactured 4.4 million units in the first nine months of 2009, compared to Toyota’s 4.0 million. Ford and General Motors made up the top four (in that order), with VW producing over 700,000 units more than its nearest American rival.

Success has been due to a large number of factors. Pan-European scrappage schemes have undoubtedly helped, along with rising new car sales figures in Western Europe where Germany has seen the largest upturn. From January to September 2009, the Volkswagen Group’s sales rose by 34.0% to 622,853 units.

The Polo and Golf have contributed greatly to the company’s astonishing figures, with sales of the new-generation models up 56.2% and 54.1% respectively. While the Volkswagen Group hasn’t released a formal statement, it told the UK’s Autocar magazine that the quoted production figures were accurate.

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