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Chip crisis and other supply problems have made the sales of Volkswagen in the second corona 2021 again slip felt. As the company announced on Wednesday that deliveries of the core VW brand fell by 8.1 percent cars.

Die Chipkrise macht Volkswagenschwer zu schaffen. © Swen Porter / dpa Chip crisis makes Volkswagen's hard to create.

also for the whole group it went down again (minus 4.5 percent). The Wolfsburg were almost 4.9 million vehicles from its main line of business going on, the Group was around 8.9 million.

Compared to the pandemic-related already weak 2020 succeeded least a stabilization, then the business was respectively dropped by 15 percent. there were difficulties recently, especially in China, while North America outperformed in the sales statistics.

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Meanwhile, lack of microchips and sometimes scarce and expensive raw materials, the biggest problem the industry. Many cars can - at the same time well-filled order books - not be completed in the usual time. "The massive semiconductor-related impacts on production were during the year does not fully compensate," said VW sales director Klaus Zellmer. Given this "extremely challenging conditions" clipping as a whole is still not satisfactory.

Volkswagen in China must fight

much better ran it when instead considered all types of drives only hybrid and electric cars. Then a high increase in deliveries of 73 percent to more than 369 000 copies sold was seen in VW cars in 2021 compared to the 2020th Among them were 263,000 pure Stromer - here it came almost to double in plug-in hybrids to increase by a third. Based on the Group as a whole 96 percent more all-electric vehicles (BEV) were sold about, in total there were in this category around 453,000 pieces.

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on the most important and biggest car market of China, however, had to contend Volkswagen. There, the chip shortage exacerbated further partly because of new restrictions on Asian suppliers. One result: Total sales slumped by around 14 percent, while the core brand by almost 15 percent. "It was a rather difficult year," the outgoing VW Regional Chief Stephan Wöllenstein said. The market share of the group in China, which had long lain at 14 or 15 percent, fell to 11 percent. The BEV models but the group managed to clear growth here. Whether

2022 again larger increases are possible in the People's Republic, is uncertain. 2021, total sales rose all manufacturers to dealers, according to industry association CAAM slightly by 3.8 percent.

"Volatile" position

in North America with the US VW was able to make in the past year floor despite a damper in the final quarter. Deliveries were at the end 15.6 percent higher than in 2020, the core brand reported 13 percent. Western Europe cut with a sales decline of 2.7 percent in the group and 5.3 percent for VW car underperformed.

The company assumes that the situation remains at least in the first half of 2022 because of chip shortages "volatile and challenging". Several subsidiaries recorded lower sales in the last twelve months. So stood at Skoda, a decline of 12.6 percent.

The light commercial vehicles that introduce in March with the electric bus ID.Buzz a key new model, the decline was 3.2 percent. Audi came less serious with minus 0.7 per cent of it. At Porsche, there was even an increase of 10.9 percent. "Last year we planning to optimize the production of our vehicle models and controlled so that the shortage little impact on our production has," said a Porsche spokesman. Also Seat (plus 10.3 percent) and heavy commercial vehicles from MAN / Scania and the luxury brands Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini held up against the trend.

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