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Volkswagen world gross sales crash eight p.c in 2021 | Autocar India

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Whilst fossil fuel-powered autos noticed a drop in gross sales, EVs and plug-in hybrids grew by 97 p.c and 33 p.c, respectively.

Volkswagen gross sales dropped round eight p.c in 2021 because it battled the continued world semiconductor scarcity. Nonetheless, it recorded a considerable uptick in gross sales of all electrified fashions.

  • The carmaker offered over 48 lakh autos in 2021; an eight p.c drop YoY
  • Carmaker has an order backlog of over 5 lakh in Europe alone
  • China witnessed highest rise in EV gross sales; up 437 p.c YoY

Semiconductor disaster, COVID-19 play spoilsport

The German firm delivered 48,97,000 autos globally, down from 53,28,000 it offered in 2020, which, in itself, was a 15.1 p.c decline as a result of affect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volkswagen cited the lagging provide of semiconductors because the principal issue within the newest decline, with output of assorted fashions restricted by momentary manufacturing facility closures all year long.

Volkswagen instructed our sister publication, Autocar UK, that “all factories had been affected – some extra, some much less so”. The principle Wolfsburg website was tougher hit than the electrical automotive facility at Zwickau, for instance, it mentioned. 

Volkswagen mentioned the impact of the manufacturing limitations couldn’t be “solely compensated for” all through 2021 and predicts that the primary half of this 12 months will “stay extremely risky and difficult” because the shortages persist. 

It claimed to have a file European order backlog of 5,43,000 autos, however anticipates the determine will decrease as manufacturing charges stabilise over the course of the 12 months. The gross sales shortfall is partly made up of automobiles that “usually are not misplaced, however will probably be produced as quickly as potential,” Volkswagen emphasised. 

EV gross sales quantity doubles

Whereas total gross sales declined, Volkswagen is celebrating a 73 p.c year-on-year enhance within the sale of plug-in autos. Gross sales of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) climbed 33 p.c, whereas EV volumes almost doubled, hovering 97 p.c with 2,63,000 offered globally.

Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter hinted that this pattern is about to hold on because the electrification of the model’s line-up continues.

“In a really quick time, we’ve reached a prime place for all-electric autos in Europe,” he mentioned. “With our Speed up technique and the growth of the mannequin portfolio, we are going to proceed to extend the tempo of the e-mobility offensive. Earlier than the top of this 12 months, the ID.Buzz will symbolize one more emotional mannequin in our ID household.”

The ID.Buzz van is the fourth addition to the ID vary in Europe and will probably be launched in industrial and passenger-carrying varieties later this 12 months, following a reveal within the coming weeks.

EVs and hybrids accounted for over seven p.c of world deliveries and nearly a fifth in Europe. In Volkswagen’s residence market, 1 / 4 of all automobiles offered had a plug-in drivetrain of some kind.

The rise in EV recognition was most profound in China, the place Volkswagen offered 437 p.c extra EVs than in 2020. It anticipates a “additional appreciable enhance in 2022.”

Volkswagen in India

The carmaker lately launched the Tiguan SUV final month with the Taigun SUV having launched a couple of months prior. It’s also getting ready to launch the Virtus, its iteration of the Slavia sedan that was lately revealed by cousin Skoda.

Even because the chip scarcity looms, do you assume Volkswagen can up its gross sales this 12 months? Tell us within the feedback.

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