PARIS (Dow Jones) – Europe’s largest car maker Volkswagen has raised its sales target for 2010 by implication. The Wolfsburg now expect this year with growth in global passenger car market by 6% to 7 %, as sales director Chris Kline on Thursday on the outskirts of the Paris Motor Show said. (Photo : Reuters )
The goal still remains , more than the market grow.
So far, the DAX Group had assumed an increase of the world market of only 5 %. Although give it more economic risks , but they had recently beaten by less than expected on the business , Kline said, referring to the more positive outlook .
With the sales in September, Klingler was satisfied . Details would be announced within the next two weeks. On the eve of chief executive had said Winterkorn, in the first nine months were significantly more than 5 million cars have been delivered – a new record .
With 4.7 million worldwide Golf , Passat , Audi, Skoda and Co sold the Wolfsburg so far this year 13% more cars than in January-August 2009th However, it weakened to a trend from last : After the increases had been lying at the beginning nor at more than a quarter , the increase was only recently even lower .
The significant increase in sales also boosted the financial figures of the Finance Group. In the first half was EUR 61.8 billion at VW (+21 %), surgery earned 2.84 ( 1.24) billion EUR and the bottom line is 1.82 ( 0.49) billion EUR.
Last year, Volkswagen had set up thanks to the support of many countries to demand scrapping premium imported despite the economic downturn, a new sales record . With 6.3 million new cars exceeded the Wolfsburg the previous year by 1%. In the current year will reach the world number three again , thanks to numerous new models, a new record. Europe’s largest automaker also wants to earn 2010 operational performance over the previous year .
The U.S. market looks Klingler this year at 11.2 million to 11.6 million units , the Chinese at 10.5 million to 10.7 million cars. The German domestic market will shrink , according to the manager on some 2.9 million cars . Next year there will be a slight stabilization in this country .
The targeted for 2018 mark of 10 million cars sold , according to sales manager could fall faster Klingler , however : "It is quite possible that the target is reached earlier , "said Klingler. By 2018, VW wants to overtake Toyota and General Motors and the world’s largest automotive manufacturer to rise .
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