SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

October 02, 2012 10:39 ET

Volkswagen Reports a 34.4 Percent Sales Increase in September

Best September Since 1972 With 36,339 Units Sold and a 37.2 Percent Increase Year-to-Date

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA)

  • 25 consecutive months of year-on-year growth
  • Best September ever for Passat and Tiguan with 9,500 and 2,202 units sold, respectively
  • Best September for Beetle since 2003
  • Best September for Golf since 2007
  • Jetta Sedan achieved sales of 12,584 units
  • High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 23.9 percent of sales in September.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 36,339 units sold in September, a 34.4 percent increase over prior year sales, a 37.2 percent increase year-to-date and the best September since 1972.

"Tracking over a 37 percent increase year-to-date is a strong proof point that our products are on more shopping lists and gaining acceptance in the market," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, we expect to continue our pattern of outperforming the industry."

As Volkswagen positions itself for continued growth, supporting the dealers and their infrastructure is essential. The company will announce the launch of a dealer career recruiting website, www.vwdealercareers.com, creating a portal linking jobseekers to the over 600 VW dealers across the country. Available positions range widely from sales and service consultants to finance managers, with technicians being the most sought after candidates by VW dealers nationwide.

The Volkswagen Passat, which recently came in first place in Motor Trend's 2012-2013 Midsize Sedan Comparison test, continued its successful year with 9,500 units sold in September. Earlier this month the Passat topped its best sales year ever in just nine months of the year. 

Jetta sedan, including the enthusiast GLI model, remains the volume leader for Volkswagen with sales totaling 12,584 while Jetta SportWagen totaled 2,166. The Jetta turbo hybrid, which will go on sale this month, recently achieved a Land Speed Record at Bonneville, posting 185 mph, a record speed for hybrid vehicles.

The Beetle continues to gain momentum with 2,622 units sold. The Beetle TDI, sold 167 units, further highlighting customer demand for Volkswagen's Clean Diesel TDI technology.

The Golf had sales of 3,250 units. The Tiguan sold 2,202 units, the best September ever for the vehicle, while the Volkswagen Touareg sold 828 units, a 26.2 percent increase.

                         
    Sept.12   Sept.11   Yr/Yr% change   Sept.12 YTD   Sept.11 YTD   Yr/Yr % change
Golf   1,758   1,312   34.0%   16,097   13,854   16.2%
GTI   1,162   1,197   -2.9%   13,260   13,188   0.5%
Golf R   330   -   N/A   3,051   -   N/A
Total Golf R/Golf/GTI   3,250   2,509   29.5%   32,408   27,042   19.8%
Jetta Sedan   12,584   13,128   -4.1%   110,146   115,612   -4.7%
  SportWagen   2,166   1,895   14.3%   16,882   21,376   -21.0%
Total Jetta   14,750   15,023   -1.8%   127,028   136,988   -7.3%
Beetle Coupe   2,622   722   263.2%   21,566   924   2234.0%
  Convertible   -   1   -100.0%   -   841   -100.0%
Total Beetle   2,622   723   262.7%   21,566   1,765   1121.9%
Eos   399   558   -28.5%   5,198   6,166   -15.7%
                         
    Sept.12   Sept.11   Yr/Yr% change   Sept.12 YTD   Sept.11 YTD   Yr/Yr % change
Passat Sedan   9,500   3,176   199.1%   83,662   4,837   1629.6%
    Wagon   -   -   N/A   -   56   -100.0%
Total Passat   9,500   3,176   199.1%   83,662   4,893   1609.8%
CC   1,966   1,610   22.1%   15,015   23,329   -35.6%
Tiguan   2,202   1,628   35.3%   22,854   20,016   14.2%
Touareg   828   656   26.2%   7,112   4,853   46.5%
Routan   822   1,153   -28.7%   8,246   10,407   -20.8%
TOTAL   36,339   27,036   34.4%   323,089   235,459   37.2%
                         

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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