Volkswagen of America Announces 41 Percent Increase for March Sales

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TDI® Clean Diesel, Tiguan and Routan Models Drive the Brand

HERNDON, Va., April 1 - Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported March 2010 sales of 22,148 total units, for a 40.9% increase over March 2009, and its ninth consecutive month of sales growth. For the year-to-date, Volkswagen's sales have risen 38.4% versus the same timeframe in 2009.

Volkswagen's full line of award-winning TDI® Clean Diesel models, which includes the Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf, and Touareg, once again proved popular with customers. The exciting and economical Jetta SportWagen TDI took the lead, accounting for 85.0% of all Jetta SportWagens sold in March.

The sporty Tiguan compact SUV posted strong sales with an increase of 41.8% compared to March 2009. Volkswagen's European-inspired Routan minivan enjoyed a 36.2% rise over the same period last year, finishing the month with a total of 1,402 units sold.

"The strong performance in March of Volkswagen's many new models is further proof that we are continuing to gain positive momentum," said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Both VW and our dealers are gearing up for greater growth as we prepare for more new product introductions in the months ahead."

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 is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.  Volkswagen sells the Eos, Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.  All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program.  This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com

VW-US Snapshot                                                               Year to Date

 

March-

10

Actual

March-

9

Actual

Yr/Yr

%

change

March-

10 YTD

Actual

March-

09 YTD

Actual

Yr/Yr

%

change

Rabbit/Golf

1,188

698

70.20%

2,610

2,187

19.30%

GTI A5/A6

1,746

461

278.70%

3,957

1,482

167.00%

R32

1

6

-83.30%

-

126

-100.00%

Total Rabbit

/Golf/GTI/R32

2,935

1,165

151.90%

6,567

3,795

73.00%

 

Jetta Sdn

7,178

6,263

14.60%

21,177

16,747

26.50%

SportWagen A5/A6

2,018

1,128

78.90%

4,740

2,865

65.40%

Total Jetta

9,196

7,391

24.40%

25,917

19,612

32.10%

 

New Beetle - Coupe

1,340

517

159.20%

4,713

1,989

137.00%

Convertible

646

317

103.80%

1,181

912

29.50%

Total  New Beetle

1,986

834

138.10%

5,894

2,901

103.20%

 

Eos

727

493

47.50%

1,407

1,372

2.60%

Passat Sdn

1,449

781

85.50%

3,416

2,482

37.60%

Wgn

259

205

26.30%

675

608

11.00%

Total Passat

1,708

986

73.20%

4,091

3,090

32.40%

CC

1,994

2,351

-15.20%

5,268

5,231

0.70%

Tiguan

1,751

1,235

41.80%

4,865

2,868

69.60%

Touareg

449

236

90.30%

1,048

1,060

-1.10%

Routan

1,402

1,029

36.20%

3,226

2,195

47.00%

TOTAL

22,148

15,720

40.90%

58,283

42,124

38.40%

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