This means that the Volkswagen Group brand responsible for light commercial vehicles, people movers, motorhomes and pick-ups once again reported an increase in deliveries (up 4.2 per cent). The T model range, the Caddy and the Amarok pick-up recorded a considerable rise in deliveries.
Heinz-Jürgen Löw, member of the brand board of management responsible for sales and marketing, commented: ‘We would like to thank our customers for the great trust they once again placed in our products in 2017. Of course we want to continue precisely meeting their needs with our products.’ And he continued: ‘The increased delivery volume is also thanks to our efficient sales network and the motivated sales team worldwide.’
He looked forward to 2018 with confidence: ‘The e-Crafter opens up additional opportunities in the urban delivery and service sector.’ Since December 2017 the vehicle has been undergoing final real-world tests at selected large customers and it will be launched in Europe in the second half of the year.
Worldwide deliveries to customers rose by 4.2 per cent compared with the previous year to 497,900 vehicles (2016: 478,000). In Western Europe, including Germany, deliveries increased by 1.5 per cent to 332,000 vehicles (2016: 327,200). In Eastern Europe deliveries climbed by 13.0 per cent in 2017 to 41,200 vehicles (2016: 36,400).
Deliveries of the T model range grew by 3.8 per cent worldwide to 206,100 deliveries (2016: 198,600), making it the brand’s highest volume model range. Deliveries of the Caddy rose by 2.2 per cent to 165,900 vehicles (2016: 162,400). The Amarok recorded a delivery increase of 14.0 per cent to 78,900 vehicles (2016: 69,200). In the start-up year 47,000 Crafter vehicles were delivered – 1.8 per cent below the previous year