Volkswagen Canada

Volkswagen Canada

June 02, 2009 15:17 ET

Volkswagen Canada Has its Best Month Since August 2002

Increases Sales and Market Share Again in May 2009

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Volkswagen Canada announced that it once again increased vehicle sales and market share in May in the face of a Canadian passenger vehicle market that fell 16.5% for the month. With its best sales month since August 2002, the company sold 4,209 new vehicles and posted a 7.4% increase in sales in Canada. As a result, Volkswagen managed to raise its market share of the total Canadian industry to 2.7% for the month compared to 2.1% in May 2008. The Volkswagen brand took 4.1% of the Canadian passenger car market during the month, an increase of 6 points versus the previous year, as well as grew its SUV and minivan sales by 810.6% in May versus the same time period in 2008.

A number of recently introduced models supported by the integrated "Autobahn for All" campaign provided steady growth for Volkswagen's sales in Canada. Its BlueMotionTechnologies, including the multiple-award winning 2.0 litre TDI Clean Diesel engine mated with an available a precise DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, helped power the sales of the Jetta Family to a combined increase of 52% for Jetta and Jetta Wagon models in May. The Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV, featuring the fuel-efficient 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI direct-injection gasoline engine, once again hit a new monthly sales high in May. Volkswagen's affordable 7-passenger minivan, the Routan, also broke its own monthly sales record since its introduction last fall.

Since January of this year, Volkswagen has already delivered 14,475 new vehicles in Canada and has raised its share of the total vehicle market to 2.5% over the first five months of the year.

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


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     Volkswagen                    May 2009              Full-Year 2009
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     City Golf                          719                       2,202
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     City Jetta                         256                       1,022
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     Rabbit                             641                       2,199
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     GTI                                112                         308
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     New Beetle                         135                         349
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     Jetta                            1,128                       4,432
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     Eos                                146                         385
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     Passat                             298                       1,157
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     Tiguan                             530                       1,687
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     Routan                             205                         589
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     Touareg                             39                         145
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     TOTAL                            4,209                      14,475
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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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