Volkswagen Passenger Cars Grows January Deliveries By 4.8 Percent To 515,700 Vehicles

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand began this year with a rise in vehicle deliveries: the company handed over 515,700 (January 2013: 491,900) vehicles to customers worldwide in January, 4.8 percent up on the same period in 2013.  

“For the first time in its history Volkswagen Passenger Cars has started the year with deliveries in excess of half a million," Christian Klingler, board member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.  "That confirms the brand’s young and environmentally-friendly model range ticks the right boxes with customers worldwide.”

The sales situation in Europe regained momentum in the first month of the year. While the overall market grew by some three percent, deliveries by Volkswagen in the first month of the year grew 7.9 percent to 126,200 (116,900) units. In Western Europe (excluding Germany) 66,100 (60,600) vehicles were handed over, an increase of 9.1 percent compared with the same month last year, while 41,400 (38,100) vehicles were delivered in Germany, a rise of 8.8 percent. In the Central and Eastern Europe region, 18,600 (18,200; +1.8 percent) customers took possession of a new Volkswagen, of which 8,600 (10,000; -13.7 percent) units were delivered in Russia. 

The brand recorded a further 13.7 percent rise in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in January, handing over 285,300 (251,100) vehicles, of which 267,800 (235,000; +13.9 percent) were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong). In India, Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 3,400 (4,600; -26.6 percent) units in January.

In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 39,200 (43,800; -10.6 percent) vehicles to customers, of which 23,500 (29,000; -19.0 percent) were delivered in the United States. In the South America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 49,600 (63,000; -21.3 percent) vehicles, of which 35,900 (46,100; -22.1 percent) units were delivered in Brazil.

Metro Dalton’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 10.4 Percent In July

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate for July was 10.4 percent, up 1.1 percent from 9.3 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 11.7 percent. The July rate increased as initial claims jumped 111 percent, up by 857 to 1,629 from 772 in June. Most of the increase was due to temporary layoffs in manufacturing. There were ... (click for more)

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.5 Percent In July

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region increased to 8.5 percent in July, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in June. The rate was 9.0 percent in July a year ago. The July rate increase is primarily due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services and manufacturing. However ... (click for more)

Jordan Williams Named Manager At Bradley SPCA; President Says Group Taking And Placing Animals

Jordan Williams has been named manager for shelter operations at the Bradley County SPCA following the firing of former director Bobby Anderson at a tumultuous meeting on Monday night. Betti Gravelle, president, said, "Jordan has been with the organization since shortly after its inception and is fully prepared to assume leadership in the daily operation of the shelter as well ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Coaches Vs. ‘Top 25’ Foes

The long-accepted measuring stick for a college football coach has been his win-loss record, with an after-glance at his win-loss record within his conference. But in Wednesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal, writer David Everson, with the help of Stats LLC, used a much-tougher litmus test when he revealed the records of 65 major-college coaches against opponents that were ... (click for more)