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Volkswagen Reports 3.1 Percent Increase in March U.S. Sales

Apr 2 2013 12:00AM

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HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/13 --


•March sales total 37,704 units representing a 3.1 percent increase versus the prior year •Best YTD since 1973 with 98,178 units delivered, up 4.0 percent vs. 2012 •Chattanooga-built Passat delivered 9,521 units for the month, 34 percent diesel •Jetta Sedan achieved 12,872 deliveries in March •High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.6 percent of sales in March

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 37,704 units sold in March, a 3.1 percent increase over prior year sales and best March since 1973.

"Last month marked our 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases and our strongest March in 40 years," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "While we are cautious in terms of economic outlook, we expect to see continued growth at a moderate pace in the months ahead."

Jetta sedan, the volume leader for Volkswagen, delivered 12,872 units. Jetta SportWagen closed the month with 2,133 units, up 5.6 percent versus the prior year.

The Chattanooga-built Passat continued to deliver strong results with 9,521 units sold and best year-to-date with 25,909 units delivered. In March, 34 percent of the Passat's sold were diesel.

The Beetle and Beetle Convertible delivered 2,599 and 1,483 units, respectively, for the month.

The Tiguan saw a significant increase in sales with 3,304 units sold, up 24.3 percent, marking the best March and best year-to-date ever for the vehicle.

Total sales of the Golf (including Golf R and GTI) were 2,854 units. The next-generation "A7" Golf will debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 27. The "A7" Golf is off to a strong start in Europe and received the prestigious European Car of the Year Award. In addition, last week at the New York International Auto Show, the vehicle was also named the World Car of the Year.

Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.6 percent of sales in March, a 6.6 percent increase over the prior year.


MARCH 2013 SALES---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mar13 Mar12 Yr/Yr% Mar13 Mar12 Yr/Yr% change YTD YTD change----------------------------------------------------------------------------Golf 1,505 1,687 -10.8% 4,757 4,108 15.8%----------------------------------------------------------------------------GTI 1,122 1,677 -33.1% 3,075 4,193 -26.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Golf R 227 269 -15.6% 691 735 -6.0%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Golf R/Golf/GTI 2,854 3,633 -21.4% 8,523 9,036 -5.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jetta Sedan 12,872 12,947 -0.6% 32,359 34,205 -5.4%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- SportWagen 2,133 2,019 5.6% 5,136 4,561 12.6%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Jetta 15,005 14,966 0.3% 37,495 38,766 -3.3%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Beetle Coupe 2,599 1,969 32.0% 7,320 4,673 56.6%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Convertible 1,483 - N/A 2,690 - N/A----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total Beetle 4,082 1,969 107.3% 10,010 4,673 114.2%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Eos 403 664 -39.3% 977 1,448 -32.5%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Passat Sedan 9,521 10,032 -5.1% 25,909 24,539 5.6%----------------------------------------------------------------------------CC 1,770 1,327 33.4% 4,085 4,155 -1.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Tiguan 3,304 2,659 24.3% 7,951 7,247 9.7%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Touareg 726 748 -2.9% 2,524 2,302 9.6%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Routan 39 590 -93.4% 704 2,207 -68.1%---------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL 37,704 36,588 3.1% 98,178 94,373 4.0%----------------------------------------------------------------------------




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 www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.



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