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Volkswagen saw its global sales slip 8% in 2021 thanks to interruptions in production owing to the global semiconductor shortage.

18 Jan 2022 | International News : Germany

Volkswagen saw its global sales slipping by close to 8% in 2021, with close to a total of 4.9 million vehicles delivered.

The firm states that the slip was due to the lagging supply of semiconductors, which caused limitations in production throughout the course of the year.

The Volkswagen ID.4 emerged as the firm's most popular all-electric vehicle in 2021
It does however, highlight that it now has a record-breaking order backlog of 543,000 vehicles in Europe alone, with up to 95,000 of those comprising of vehicles from its all-electric ID family.

Volkswagen's proportion of purely battery-powered electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles sales also nearly doubled in 2021, bringing their share of total deliveries up to 7.5%. In Europe, these vehicles now account for 19.3% of Volkswagen's deliveries.

2021 also saw strong demand for the Volkswagen ID.4. The all-electric SUV rose to become the most frequently delivered of the firm's 263,000 electric vehicles sold, with 119,650 units delivered, followed by the ID.3 (around 76,000), the e-up! (approximately 41,500) and just under 18,000 units of the ID.6, which Volkswagen offers exclusively in the Chinese market.

Volkswagen expects that the first half of 2022 at least will remain highly volatile and challenging owing to persistent supply bottlenecks for semiconductors. However, the company expects to be able to stabilise production as the year goes on and lower its high backlog of orders as quickly as possible.

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