SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

June 01, 2012 10:17 ET

Volkswagen Reports 28% Increase in May Sales

Best May Since 1973 With 38,657 Units Sold; Passat Sales Exceed 10,000 Units for Third Record Month in a Row, With 10,178 Sold, the Best Passat Month Ever

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2012) - Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA)

  • May sales total 38,657 units a 28.4 percent increase year-to-date
  • Best year-to-date sales since 1973, a 35.7 percent increase
  • Jetta Sedan achieved sales of 12,962 units
  • High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 20.3 percent of sales in May, up 21 percent versus the prior year

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 38,657 units sold in May, a 28.4 percent increase over prior year sales, 35.7 percent increase year-to-date and the best May since 1973.

"Selling over 38,000 vehicles this month is a significant accomplishment for Volkswagen," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "We're thrilled to see consumers embracing our strong lineup of fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles and we expect our growth to continue."

Yesterday, Volkswagen announced the production of the 100,000th Passat out of the Chattanooga plant. Sales of the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Passat continue to rise with record sales of 10,178 units in May, the third month breaking 10,000 units.

Jetta sedan, including the enthusiast GLI model, remains the volume leader for Volkswagen with sales totaling 12,962, while Jetta SportWagen totaled 2,213.

The Beetle continues to gain sales with 3,002 units sold, the best May since 2002, while the Golf and GTI sales totaled 3,878 units.



VW - U.S. Snapshot
--- May 2012 --- --- YEAR-TO-DATE ---
May-12 May-11 Yr/Yr % change May-12 YTD May-11 YTD Yr/Yr %
Golf 1,887 1,761 7.2% 7,802 7,098 9.9%
GTI 1,568 1,731 -9.4% 7,478 7,358 1.6%
Golf R 423 n/a - 1,510 - -
Total Golf R/Golf/GTI 3,878 3,492 11.1% 16,790 14,456 16.1%
Jetta Sedan 12,962 13,713 -5.5% 60,921 61,985 -1.7%
SportWagen 2,213 2,958 -25.2% 8,678 12,662 -31.5%
Total Jetta 15,175 16,671 -9.0% 69,599 74,647 -6.8%
Beetle Coupe 3,002 2 - 9,740 200 -
Convertible n/a 2 - 0 839 -
Total Beetle 3,002 4 - 9,740 1,039 837.4%
Eos 792 854 -7.3% 2,975 2,829 5.2%
Passat Sedan 10,178 1 - 44,813 163 2739.6%
Wagon n/a n/a - 0 55 -
Total Passat 10,178 1 - 44,813 218 -
CC 1,607 3,979 -59.6% 6,898 13,185 -47.7%
Tiguan 2,475 3,091 -19.9% 12,055 11,563 4.3%
Touareg 700 581 20.5% 3,720 2,640 40.9%
Routan 850 1,427 40.4% 3,965 5,104 -22.3%
TOTAL 38,657 30,100 28.4% 170,555 125,681 35.7%

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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