Volkswagen reported today that its U.S. sales soared 35.1 percent in June over a year ago as its newly redesigned Jetta had its best month ever.
"We've been able achieve a volume in the first half of this year in what took us effectively seven months last year," said Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen of America.
Jetta sales totaled 17,105 – a 88.3 percent increase over last year. Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 46.9 percent and 47.1 percent sales increases, respectively.
High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 21.3 percent of sales, the company reported.
This week, VW’s Chattanooga assembly plant started shipping its new midsize Passat sedan to dealers. The car is expected to go on sale on dealer lots in September.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...