Volkswagen sells 4.87 million vehicles in 2023, BEV demand jumps 21% to 394,000 units
Total global sales were up 6.7 percent over CY2022; the largest markets for all-electric cars for the Volkswagen brand were China, Germany, the US, the UK, Sweden, France, Norway and Belgium
The Volkswagen brand significantly increased its deliveries last year, with around 4.87 million vehicles handed over to customers worldwide, up 6.7% over CY2022. Demand for electric mobility also grew with Volkswagen handing over about 394,000 fully electric vehicles to customers worldwide in 2023, which corresponds to robust increase of 21.1% compared to the previous year.
The largest markets for all-electric cars for the Volkswagen brand – in absolute figures – were China, Germany, the US, the UK, Sweden, France, Norway and Belgium. In Germany, for example, about 30,000 ID.4 models were delivered (+ 62.9%). Volkswagen’s first fully electric ‘world car’ was also well received in the US: about 38,000 examples of the ID.4 were sold there, which corresponds to an increase of 84.2% compared to 2022. The ID.302 all-electric compact car was particularly popular in China: more than 75,000 were sold – an over 200% increase compared to 2022 in that market.
T-Roc once again best-selling Volkswagen SUV in Europe
The SUV trend also continued in 2023: the share of SUVs in total Volkswagen deliveries remains very high at 54.2% (+ 14.9% compared to 2022). In the US, more than 81% of Volkswagen cars sold were SUVs. In Europe, the T-Roc remains Volkswagen’s best-selling SUV: the model set a new delivery record in Germany, the UK, Spain and Turkey.
Meanwhile, 48 years and 20 million units after its debut, the Polo remains one of the most successful cars in its class: in Brazil, more than 110,000 of them were handed over to customers, which is a new record. In Germany, the number of Polo deliveries was about 33,500 – 44.1% higher than in the previous year.
New editions of best-sellers to drive demand in 2024
Volkswagen is anticipating dynamic growth in demand due to new editions of some of its most important bestsellers. Sales of the new generations of the Passat and Tiguan as well as the visually and technically enhanced T-Cross will begin in the first quarter of 2024.
The ID.4 and ID.5 also recently received a major update with a completely new operating concept and new drive system. The new ID.7 Tourer, the estate version of the all-electric top model ID.704, will also launch this year. To meet the high demand for SUVs, Volkswagen is planning to produce a fully electric SUV in the high-volume A-segment from 2026.
Another highlight for 2024 will be that, 50 years after the first Golf, Volkswagen is presenting the next evolution of its eighth generation, which offers impressive visual refinements, new assistance systems and drive systems as well as next-generation infotainment and software. Pre-sales are scheduled to start in mid-2024.
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