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.