Mumbai (India), November 21st 2008 – The Volkswagen Group, Europe’s leading automobile manufacturer, registered a 66 percent growth in sales in India from January to October 2008. The three group brands – Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen – together delivered 16,695 cars to customers in India in the last ten months as against 10,055 cars sold last year in the corresponding period.
According to the company, “the significant increase in Volkswagen Group’s sales figures in India reflect our growing presence in the Indian automobile market and highlights the mounting interest of the discerning Indian customer in our cars.”
Audi delivered 884 cars to customers in the first ten months of 2008, 590 units or 205 percent more than the first ten months of 2007. Skoda sold 14,618 cars, 4,970 units or 52 percent more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Volkswagen delivered 1,193 cars, 1,080 more units than in the first ten months of last year.
The company added in a press release: “Going forward, Volkswagen’s second success story is the Pune plant which is coming up ahead of schedule and will be officially opened in end of March 2009. We will start the plant with the production of the Skoda Fabia and follow it up with Volkswagen’s Polo based hatch in 2010 and some months later by a Volkswagen’s Polo based sedan.”