SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

September 04, 2012 09:53 ET

Volkswagen Delivers Over 41,000 Vehicles in August, Reports a 62.5% Sales Increase vs. Prior Year

Sales Momentum Supported by Improved Total Quality Rankings and Continued U.S. Investments

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Sep 4, 2012) - Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA)

  • 62.5 percent increase marks the best August since 1973 with 41,011 units sold
  • Best year-to-date sales since 1973, a 37.6 percent increase
  • Best August ever for Passat and Tiguan with 10,090 and 2,746 units sold respectively
  • Jetta Sedan achieved sales of 13,377 units, best August since 2002
  • High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 21.4 percent of sales in August.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 41,011 units sold in August, a 62.5 percent increase over prior year sales, a 37.6 percent increase year-to-date and the best August since 1973. 

"Delivering over 40,000 vehicles this month is another milestone for us as we continue to see customer demand grow for our products," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "With 24 consecutive months of year-on-year growth, we are demonstrating that we are making the right investments, creating a solid infrastructure and are delivering safe, high-quality and competitive products."

Strategic Vision announced last week that Volkswagen Group of America is the leading corporation in terms of Total Quality. The Golf, Eos and Tiguan were named segment leaders in the recent study among the Volkswagen branded vehicles.

This month Volkswagen continued its investment in America announcing the grand opening of its new $27 million Test Center California (TCC) product development and emissions test laboratory in Oxnard, Calif. The 64,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational this fall and will employ 50 people with plans to continue to grow over the coming years.

The Volkswagen Passat, the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, continued its successful year with 10,090 units sold, marking the best August ever and the best year-to-date sales.

Jetta sedan, including the enthusiast GLI model, remains the volume leader for Volkswagen with sales totaling 13,377, while Jetta SportWagen totaled 2,069. The Jetta Hybrid, which will go on sale this fall, recently made headlines when it recorded a speed of 185.394 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nevada, during the Southern California Timing Association's (SCTA) annual Speed Week. This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

The Beetle continues to gain momentum with 3,451 units sold. The Beetle TDI, which went on sale in late July, sold 107 units, further highlighting customer demand for Volkswagen's class-leading diesel technology.

The Golf had sales of 4,268 units. The Tiguan sold 2,746 units, the best August ever for the vehicle, while the Volkswagen Touareg sold 1,030 units, a 77.3 percent increase.

                         
    August-12   August-11   Yr/Yr% change   August-12 YTD   August-11 YTD   Yr/Yr % change
Golf   2,342   1,694   38.3%   14,339   12,542   14.3%
GTI   1,544   1,542   0.1%   12,098   11,991   0.9%
Golf R   382   -   N/A   2,721   -   N/A
Total Golf R/Golf/GTI   4,268   3,236   31.9%   29,158   24,533   18.9%
Jetta Sedan   13,377   12,603   6.1%   97,562   102,484   -4.8%
  SportWagen   2,069   1,897   9.1%   14,716   19,481   -24.5%
Total Jetta   15,446   14,500   6.5%   112,278   121,965   -7.9%
Beetle Coupe   3,451   -   N/A   18,944   202   9,278.2%
  Convertible   -   -   N/A   -   840   -100.0%
Total Beetle   3,451   -   N/A   18,944   1,042   1,718.0%
Eos   578   740   -21.9%   4,799   5,608   -14.4%
                         
                         
    August-12   August-11   Yr/Yr% change   August-12 YTD   August-11 YTD   Yr/Yr % change
Passat Sedan   10,090   314   3,113.4%   74,162   1,661   4,364.9%
  Wagon   -   -   N/A   -   56   -100.0%
Total Passat   10,090   314   3,113.4%   74,162   1,717   4,219.3%
CC   2,094   2,371   -11.7%   13,049   21,719   -39.9%
Tiguan   2,746   2,006   36.9%   20,652   18,388   12.3%
Touareg   1,030   581   77.3%   6,284   4,197   49.7%
Routan   1,308   1,484   -11.9%   7,424   9,254   -19.8%
    TOTAL   41,011   25,232   62.5%   286,750   208,423   37.6%
                             

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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