Volkswagen sales in August decreased by 7.9 percent

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 1, 2010

Volkswagen of America, Inc. posted a 21-percent jump in sales in the first eight months of 2010, despite logging a 7.9 percent drop in year-on-year sales in August. VW's sales growth for the month was greatly affected by the historic sales logged in August 2009 when the United States launched its "cash for clunkers" program.

Leading the pack for the German carmaker is the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, which had its best month ever after seeing its year-on-year sales grow 125 percent to 2,560 units in August 2010. Meanwhile, the VW Passat had its best month since December 2008, posting a 35-percent jump in year-on-year sales in August 2010.

Also boasting a considerable year-on-year sales growth in August is the Volkswagen CC, which surged 31 percent. Likewise having a great run in August 2010 are Volkswagen's sporty compact vehicles like the VW Golf and GTI.

Year-on-year sales of the VW Golf in August 2010 leaped 70 percent to 1,409 units, while that of the GTI hiked 22 percent. On the other hand, Volkswagen also experienced a sales surge for its increasingly popular clean diesel TDI models, demonstrating how more and more consumers are getting into fuel efficient vehicles.

In fact, Volkswagen's Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI, Touareg TDI and Golf TDI models all posted nearly a 25-percent jump in year-to-year sales.

Mark Barnes, Interim President at Volkswagen of America, Inc., remarked that the German carmaker is attracting more and more customers since its vehicle combines German-engineered driving experience, fuel economy, innovative design and safety. He added that VW is expecting to continue its growth momentum in the coming months as it launches new models like the all-new Jetta and Touareg.

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Volkswagen of America Announces 21% Increase in Year-to-Date Sales

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported that August marked a 21 percent increase in year-to-date sales for their entire line of vehicles. August 2010 sales decreased 7.9 percent when compared with the same time last year, which included historic sales as part of the launch of the U.S. government's "cash for clunkers" program.

The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen had its best month ever with 2,560 units sold, a 125 percent increase compared with August 2009. The popular Passat also had an exceptional month with 1,669 units sold, marking its best sales month since December 2008 and a 35 percent increase in year-over-year sales growth. The luxurious Volkswagen CC recorded a 31 percent increase in sales compared with the same month last year.

Volkswagen's line of sporty compact vehicles also had a great month as both the Golf and GTI saw increases in sales compared to August 2009. The Golf sold 1,409 units, a 70 percent increase from the same month last year while the GTI saw a 22 percent increase compared with the same time period in 2009.

Consumers continued to show their commitment to purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles as Volkswagen's clean diesel TDI models increasingly gained popularity with the Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI, Touareg TDI and Golf TDI all having year-to-year sales increase in August of nearly 25 percent.

"We are thrilled to see that more and more car buyers are turning to Volkswagen vehicles to take advantage of our unique combination of German-engineered driving experience, cutting-edge design, fuel economy, and safety," said Mark Barnes, Interim-President, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "We expect to see continued growth in the coming months as we introduce several new models, including the all-new Jetta and Touareg."

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