Volkswagen has been tearing up the track the last few years, racing to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. It may just get there.
The company reported today that it delivered 3.26 million vehicles worldwide from January through July, a 10.4 percent increase over the comparable period a year ago.
In the U.S., VW delivered 245,700 new cars and SUVs, a 34 percent increase.
“The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has grown global deliveries further despite the continued difficult market situation, above all in Western Europe,” Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in Wolfsburg.
VW is also hard at work trying to wring more economies out of its design and manufacturing process. It's planning to reap massive savings from its new MQB architecture, which makes it possible to develop new models much faster and more cheaply.
One of the first models to benefit from the new shared architecture is the Golf. The seventh-generation Golf will lose 220 pounds and reduce its fuel consumption by 23 percent, VW said yesterday.
Most of the weight reduction comes from using stronger steel. Since the steel is stronger, it doesn't take as much of it, thus reducing the weight. The new Audi A3, which shares the same platform, has shaved 176 pounds.
The new Golf is scheduled to be unveiled September 4. It won't be coming to the United States until at least late 2013, however.