Volkswagen Canada

Volkswagen Canada

September 01, 2009 14:48 ET

Volkswagen Canada Maintains its Sales Rate in August

Market Share Increases despite Inventory Pressures

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - Volkswagen Canada announced that it sold 3,605 new vehicles in August despite shortages of its top-selling models. August deliveries were slightly down by 5% versus the same time period last year, while the overall Canadian light passenger vehicle market declined by 7.9%. This decrease was not unexpected as Volkswagen has been actively building down inventories of its popular 5th generation Rabbit, GTI, and Jetta Wagon models in anticipation of the introduction of the sixth generation new Golf Family (new Golf, new Golf GTI, and all new Golf Wagon) this fall.

Volkswagen's share of the overall market was 2.7% during the month and increased by 10 points versus August 2008 (2.6%).

Volkswagen's TDI Clean Diesel models continued to play a large role in its overall sales for the month, comprising almost 21% of Volkswagen's total vehicle sales.

For the period January to August of this year, Volkswagen has delivered 26,611 new vehicles in Canada, and has gained 30 points of market share in Canada for a total of 2,7% year-to-date.

Volkswagen sales by model line for the month of August 2009 and full-year 2009 were:


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Volkswagen              August 2009   Full-Year 2009
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City Golf                       691            4,273
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City Jetta                      178            1,664
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Rabbit                          376            3,580
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GTI                              74              608
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New Beetle                       98              681
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Jetta                         1,131            8,284
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Eos                              42              623
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Passat                          322            2,062
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Tiguan                          462            3,301
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Routan                          154            1,185
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Touareg                          77              350
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TOTAL                         3,605           26,611
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About Volkswagen Canada:

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.

Volkswagen sells the City Golf, City Jetta, Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, Jetta, Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, GLI, Jetta Wagon, Jetta Wagon TDI Clean Diesel, Eos, Passat, Passat CC, Passat Wagon, Tiguan, Routan, Touareg, and Touareg TDI Clean Diesel through nearly 130 independent Canadian Dealers.

Visit Volkswagen Canada online at www.vw.ca, and explore its BlueMotionTechnologies at www.tdicurious.ca.

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