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2010 should be a record year for VW Group sales after its strongest ever first half performance

Volkswagen Group is on course to achieve record sales in 2010 following a positive first six months of the year.

VW Group sold more than 3.5 million units across its Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Lamborghini and VW brands between January and June, a 15 per cent rise on 2009’s levels according to Group CEO Martin Winterkorn.

In 2009, VW Group sold 6.3m units. In 2010, Winterkorn believes the firm is capable of selling 7.0m units although he concedes this “will not be achieved easily”.

“Especially in Germany, business will become significantly harder in the second half of the year,” he said.

VW Group wants to become the world’s largest car company within the next 10 years, surpassing both Toyota and General Motors for unit sales.

By 2015, the firm expects to sell around 8m units annually, and 10m units by 2018.

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TheOmegaMan 8 July 2010

Re: VW Group set for record sales

The column in this month's Car was quite interesting about Audi.

They're engine ranges at around the 3 litre size in petrol and taxi-rattle are both down on Mercedes and BMW. They need to sort this out for sure.

crashbangwallop 8 July 2010

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To have an ambition to be the biggest would not be a worthwhile target, however that's not what VW aim for. They are also very profitable and benefit enormously from economy of scale and their worldwide base. While smaller users suffer in home or European markets, VW groups risk is spread and they are leaders in China, South America and now with Suzuki in the group, Japan and SE Asia.

matsoc 8 July 2010

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VW Group seems very strong to me now. It's not a matter of how big the company is. The cars are all above the average in every brand, many new models are coming and the old ones still perform well against the competitors. Customers are now looking for good values rather than emotions. I hope I'm wrong because I own an Alfa and my work is linked to the success of models like the Giulietta but I think the future is brigther in VW than here, in Turin.