Volkswagen still has its sights set on the being the world’s largest car manufacturer by 2018. After closing out 2010 with a 17-percent increase over the same month in 2009, they may be well on their way.
Leading the increase in sales was the Golf with a 72-percent increase and close behind the Touareg with a 68.3-percent increase from December 2009. VW’s small SUV, the Tiguan had its best December ever selling 2,551 for a 42-percent increase. Jetta Sedans are up 33.8 percent with 10,523 units while the previous generation based Sport Wagen was up only 4.3 percent. The biggest loser for December was the New Beetle Coupe which lost 34.3 percent for December, but don’t feel too bad for the outgoing Beetle, for the year, it still outsold the fan-favorite GTI.
Volkswagen’s yearly total sales are up just over 20 percent for 2010 selling a total of 256,830 cars. This a drop in the bucket when compared to Toyota’s 1.5 million but VW is growing while the Japanese auto giant continues to shrink. Next year will bring the introduction of a few key cars for VW, namely the new mid-sized sedan and the redesign of the New Beetle. If these two new models do as well as this year’s standouts VW may be looking at an even brighter 2011.
Source: Volkswagen NA