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Ford – No. 4 international auto-maker…

August 29, 2008

In an official press release from Volkswagen AG (Auto Group), Volkswagen has indeed confirmed becoming the worlds #3 auto-maker – thus pushing Ford PAG (Premier Auto Group) down to #4. These placings are of course based on international car sales.

Even though Ford has a slight chance of re-gaining #3 by the end of the year, it is highly unlikely due to the fact that all of Volkswagen AG; Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche, Seat, Skoda & of course Volkswagen, are selling more & more by the minute, compared to Fords slowly dwindling PAG – which now consists of only Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury & Volvo,  recently having sold off Jaguar/Land Rover & Aston Martin. Only time will tell…

Press release (from Volkswagen):

The Volkswagen Group has taken its place among the world’s top three automakers thanks to the Wolfsburg-based company’s outstanding delivery figures in the first half of 2008. Rival Ford had to settle for fourth position.

“We are delighted that the Volkswagen Group has made it to the global automobile industry’s top three for the first time. This shows that we are on the right track with our ever-stronger international presence and, above all, our product program. We will systematically push ahead with our growth course even in the present difficult market environment,” Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commented.

With 3.31 million vehicles delivered in the first half of 2008, the Volkswagen Group increased deliveries in the first six months of this year by 7.2 percent, moving up to third place in the global vehicle sales ranking and overtaking its rival Ford, which announced vehicle sales of 3.22 million for this period.

Source: Volkswagen

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