Apparently the Jetta and Passat redesigns are working well, because Volkswagen is reporting 1.36 million vehicle deliveries for the first quarter of 2012. That's an increase of more than ten percent over last year, and in March alone, VW delivered a record 536,600 cars.

Wait a minute, aren't things bleak in Europe? Indeed, while Volkswagen managed to eke out a 5 percent increase in European market deliveries, that's mostly thanks to solid sales performance in Germany. Deliveries to the rest of Western Europe drooped by almost four percent. It seems Volkswagen is compensating for this challenging situation by selling the bejeezus out of its vehicles in markets like Russia, China, South America, and the United States. You know, the entire rest of the world. Check out the press release posted after the jump.

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04.11.2012
First-quarter deliveries by Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand exceed 1.3 million for first time
10.5 percent increase in period from January to March

Wolfsburg, Germany - The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand reported significant growth in vehicle deliveries during the first three months of 2012, handing over 1.36 (January – March 2011: 1.23 million; +10.5 percent) million vehicles for the first time in the first quarter of a year. The brand also posted a new delivery record of 536,600 (March 2011: 468,100; +14.6 percent) units for the month of March – thus handing over more than half a million vehicles to customers in a single month for the first time. "Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand increased yet further in March on the back of an already high level. While the situation on the markets in Europe remains difficult, we reported significant growth in North America and Asia," Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented in Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Despite the present situation on markets in Southern Europe, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand grew deliveries on the overall European market in the first quarter to 441,800 (420,400; +5.1 percent) units. While deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany) dropped slightly to 232,600 (241,600; -3.7 percent), deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe rose by a substantial 61.8 percent to 60,200 (37,200) vehicles. The already high level of deliveries in Russia continued to develop well, with the number of vehicles handed over to customers doubling to 35,800 (16,800; +113.1 percent). In the home market of Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 149,000 (141,500; +5.3 percent) vehicles to customers.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand grew deliveries in particular outside Europe. In the Asia / Pacific region, the brand posted a 13.7 percent rise in deliveries for the period to March, handing over 540,600 (475,500) vehicles to customers. 483,400 (429,500; +12.5 percent) vehicles were delivered on the region's largest single market of China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period. First-quarter deliveries also developed very well on the American continent. Volkswagen Passenger Cars increased deliveries in the North America region by 27.6 percent to 135,700 (106,300) vehicles, of which 94,400 (67,000; +40.8 percent) models were handed over to new owners in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries rose by 3.9 percent to 190,400 (183,300) units.


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      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my GTI... and the Sciroccos and GLI's of days past. VW does an admirable job of staying fun while selling volume. Hats off. Why no AB story on the 2012 world car of the year, the up!? Not that I'm a huge fan, but still...
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        Big Rocket
        • 2 Years Ago
        I can't comment on driving dynamics because I had never driven or even sat in a VW before. But since you are talking about desirability and styling, I find the current VW design language to be the best it has ever been. The last generation had a tacky chrome front fascia that stuck out like a sore thumb, and the even older VWs were boxy and uninspired. The current VW design language might not incorporate overstyled flame surfacing like BMWs and Hyundais, but it is hardly bland.
      ernie mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      BOOOOOOOOOOOOO Volkscrappen!!
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for them, Germany has continued to bail out the rest of europe long enough, Im glad there people have the sense to buy local, something we should do for US PRODUCED vehicles as well. Maybe they all just want to spend the money from there hard work on there own country instead of giving it to south europe.
      k9182
      • 2 Years Ago
      "- Hans, let's make a picture of our lineup to show people how great we and our cars are." "- Yes, Otto, we should make an exciting picture to promote ze wolkzwagenz." "- Let's use only silver cars, that'll be exciting." I know this is a picture of the US lineup, but still, how German of zem.
      Anders
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog: entirely clueless about Europe and the world. I'm just going to say hi from my part of Northern Europe, no problems here, better than the US even.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anders
        if you watch Fox news long enough, you'll believe the whole world is a mess, filled with terrorist Muslim Nazi communists, except for the holy US of A.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anders
        3 words for you: Taco Bell, motherf***er.
        quuppa70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anders
        no problems? http://translate.google.com/translate?langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tuulilasi.fi%2Fartikkelit%2Fvolkswagenin-tsi-moottorien-jakoketjuongelmat
      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      When VW dumbed down the Jetta and the Passat, people were skeptical. But this should prove that VW knows what they're doing.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        funny those "dumbed down" cars are still better than most of the competitors
      johnhkart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the TDI golf , drove it for a week in 2009 in Germany , when I got to see Mark Webber's first win. But I wont be buying a car that requires a 10000 dollar repair if something goes wrong with the fuel system. After not looking for awhile , First thread I clicked on this week on VW Vortex was about that . Customer had put Diesel in the car and it was contaminated with gasoline. Car was in warranty but if it wasn't ? Another customer stated their new TDI needed 15000 in repairs . Owning this car would be financial suicide .
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnhkart
        sophisticated cars for sophisticated people. simple ones for the simpler minds.
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        @johnhkart
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          johnhkart
          • 2 Years Ago
          The USA, the customer filled up in Miami. Lots of fuel pump failures , the whole system must be replaced . Quality of Diesel here may not be good enough
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      j.blow66
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cheer lead for VW much?
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is the sportwagen white?!?!
      Kyle Potter
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's more of a european debt crisis....the interest rate skyrocketed and financing activities came to a screeching stop.
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