Volkswagen reported a 26.3% increase 2011 U.S. sales

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 5, 2012

Volkswagen of America revealed that it sold 324,402 units in 2011, higher than the previous year by 26.3%. During the month of December, it sold 32,502 units, a 36.2% increase compared to the same month in 2010. This makes last month the best December for the company since 1972.

Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., said that aside from VW’s “strong sales performance” in 2011, its other successes include opening a manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., and launching the all-new Beetle and Passat (which was named the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year).

VW was also the most improved in the industry in terms of Sales Satisfaction. He added that the company aims to carry on the momentum this year. The Passat, which is being produced in Chattanooga, was recognized as one of the three finalists for the North American Car of the Year. Passat sales in 2011 were higher by 124% (with 22,779 units).

Just for December 2011 alone, it sold 6,884 units. For 2011, a total of 150,515 Jetta sedans were sold – about 54.5% higher than in 2010. Meanwhile, 12,422 units were sold in December 2011, 18% higher than in December 2010. For 2011, 5,626 units of the 2012 Beetle were sold.

Of this number, 1,530 were sold in December. GTI sales rose 22.6% for the year and 24.6% for December. Volkswagen sold 59.9% more Touaregs for the year and 38.6% higher for December. The high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models make up 21.6% of VW’s sales in 2011 and 18.4% in December.

While the Volkswagen Golf GTI does look stunning, this is not the only thing buyers want as they also expect it to display dynamic performance. Given this setting, it is clear that the GTI does not disappoint. Its powerful engine has been paired to the manual 6-speed transmission that has the standard upshift as suggested by BlueMotion.

Like the model before it though, the customers of the new GTI will be given the chance to instead have the dual clutch 6-speed transmission or DSG. If this option is selected, it allows the Golf GTI to reach maximum speed at 238 km/h at 5,920 rpm. Acceleration is the same as the manual version though as it can go from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in merely 6.0 seconds.

While the manual version has its average fuel consumption at 7.3 liters, the new GTI has it at 173 liters. CO2 emissions meanwhile are at 173 g/km. It can also go from standstill and up to 1,000 meters within 27.3 seconds. That’s not all as the elasticity of the engine is just as remarkable. When running under the fifth gear, acceleration from 80 km/h and up to 120 km/h is possible in 7.5 seconds.

For the sixth gear, this same movement clocks in at 9.5 seconds. However it will only be at 240 km/h that power will balance out with air resistance, which is at cw = 0.324. At this speed, the tachometer is likely to show 5,900 rpm.

Peak torque however, which is at 280 Nm, is possible from 1,700 rpm and up to 5,200 rpm. Since the reserve torque can be used as a constant, it shows that the value of the torque is more of a plateau rather than an actual curve.

According to Stuck, in actual practice, all of these mean that exceptional power is available no matter what the situation may be. Its 16-valve engine comes with a compression ratio of 9.6:1 and thus maximum is available from 5,300 rpm and to 6,200 rpm, Stuck added.

When it comes to the dual clutch transmission though, the figures are just part of one story. Stuck revealed that the DSG is not only precise but fast as well. This is not surprising, he added, as the Golf GTI that comes with the DSG immediately double declutches when undergoing a downshift.

Thus a sports car driver would enjoy the ride. Stuck added that looking into the first version of the GTI, and even the standard Golf, one can see that the pedal has been positioned in a way that it allows experienced drivers to double declutch. Volkswagen said that based on projections, it is estimated that 30% of GTI are likely to order the sports version that comes with DSG.

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