Volkswagen Sales Decrease 7.9 Percent; TDI Diesel Still Popular

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In spite of Cash for Clunkers last August, Volkswagen sales decreased just 7.9 percent last month. Volkswagen sales are up 21.3 percent on a year-to-date basis.

Volkswagen's diesel sales continue to be hot despite reports of stalling TDIs. Volkswagen says the diesel versions of the Jetta SportWagen, Touareg, and Golf all had year-over-year increases of almost 25 percent.

The CC is currently Volkswagen's second best-selling vehicle behind the Jetta sedan and wagon. Sales of 2602 units translated to an increase over last August of 31.4 percent.

Nearly 2000 Passat sedans and wagons left Volkswagen showrooms in August -- a 34.8 percent increase over August 2009. Compared to just one month ago, Passat sales more than doubled in August.

Jetta sales were down 30.9 percent, but you can guess where those numbers are headed once Volkswagen prepares a launch campaign for the 2011 Jetta. Touareg sales were cut in half this August versus last August.

“We expect to see continued growth in the coming months as we introduce several new models, including the all-new Jetta and Touareg," said Mark Barnes, Interim-President, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Sales of the Golf, at 1409 units, was a startling 70.6 percent higher than last August. Even so, Golf and GTI sales in August trailed July numbers by about 23 percent.

Routan sales of 1560 were 25.6 percent lower than last August but just about even with the Tiguan compact SUV, which sold 1598 in August.

The very old New Beetle coupe and convertible outsold the Eos hardtop convertible, with 1205 and 610 units sold, respectively. Year-to-date, the New Beetle is up 37.5 percent compared to the same period last year. The New Beetle will be discontinued at the end of the year with an all-new version said to be in the works.

Source: Volkswagen

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