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Volkswagen Reports 30th Consecutive Month of Sales Growth

Mar 1 2013 12:00AM



HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/01/13 --

•Best YTD January-February since 1974 with 60,474 units delivered, up 4.7 percent vs. 2012 •Jetta sedan achieved 10,398 units in February •Best Tiguan February ever with 2,533 units delivered •Chattanooga-built Passat delivered 7,532 units for the month, over 29 percent diesel •High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.4 percent of sales in February

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 31,456 units delivered in February, a 2.9 percent increase over prior year sales and the best February since 1973.

"February's sales results and 30 consecutive months of growth reflects increasing consumer interest in our products," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "With a full range of fuel-efficient vehicles, seven of which deliver more than 40 mpg on the highway and the best start to a year in 29 years, we anticipate continued strong demand for our vehicles into the spring selling season."

Jetta sedan, the volume leader for Volkswagen, delivered 10,398 units. Jetta SportWagen closed the month with 1,570 units, up 37.2 percent versus the prior year. The Jetta TDI SportWagen was recently named the 2013 Best Overall Value of the Year in the Compact Crossover/Wagon Class by IntelliChoice.

The Chattanooga-built Passat continued to deliver strong results with 7,532 units sold and 29.6 percent of those were diesel.

The Beetle and Beetle Convertible delivered a combined 2,991 and 705 units, respectively, for the month. Volkswagen recently unveiled the Beetle GSR at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The GSR (Gelb Schwarzer Renner or "Yellow Black Racer") will go on sale this fall and will include an upgraded version of the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI® engine that generates 210 horsepower. With this new model, Volkswagen has re-interpreted the 1970s GSR for the modern era. Volkswagen recently announced plans to produce the next generation EA888 engines in a brand-new, $550 million engine plant in Silao, Mexico.

Volkswagen also announced at the Chicago Auto Show that it will offer two limited-edition GTI models -- the GTI Wolfsburg Edition and GTI Driver's Edition. Both editions will be offered in limited quantities for the final model year of the sixth-generation hot-hatch. The first to go on sale is the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, which will arrive in dealerships in March, with a starting price of $25,095. The Driver's Edition will arrive the second quarter of 2013, with a starting price of $29,695.

The Golf saw a 44.1 percent increase in February with 1,720 units delivered. As previously announced, the next generation "A7" Golf will be produced at the company's manufacturing plant in Puebla, Mexico beginning in the first half of 2014. This latest move reinforces the Volkswagen's commitment to the North American market, where it will invest more than $5 billion over the next three years.

Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.4.percent of sales in February, a 10.9 percent increase over the prior year.

FEBRUARY 2013 SALES---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Feb.13 Feb.12 Yr/Yr% Feb.13 Feb.12 Yr/Yr% change YTD YTD change----------------------------------------------------------------------------Golf 1,720 1,194 44.1% 3,252 2,421 34.3%----------------------------------------------------------------------------GTI 1,038 1,285 -19.2% 1,953 2,516 -22.4%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Golf R 262 274 -4.4% 464 466 -0.4%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Golf R/Golf/GTI 3,020 2,753 9.7% 5,669 5,403 4.9%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jetta Sedan 10,398 11,694 -11.1% 19,487 21,258 -8.3%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- SportWagen 1,570 1,144 37.2% 3,003 2,542 18.1%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Jetta 11,968 12,838 -6.8% 22,490 23,800 -5.5%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Beetle Coupe 2,991 1,303 129.5% 4,721 2,704 74.6%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Convertible 705 - - 1,207 - -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Beetle 3,696 1,303 183.7% 5,928 2,704 119.2%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Eos 324 419 -22.7% 574 784 -26.8%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Passat Sedan 7,532 8,189 -8.0% 16,388 14,507 13.0%----------------------------------------------------------------------------CC 1,123 1,413 -20.5% 2,315 2,828 -18.1%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Tiguan 2,533 2,280 11.1% 4,647 4,588 1.3%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Touareg 836 723 15.6% 1,798 1,554 15.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Routan 424 659 -35.7% 665 1,617 -58.9%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL 31,456 30,577 2.9% 60,474 57,785 4.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 610 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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