published Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

VW sales rise nearly 40 percent

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    A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
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Volkswagen of America today reported that sales climbed 39.6 percent in October over a year ago, with Chattanooga-made Passat sales surpassing 5,000 in the month.

VW officials said the month was the German automaker’s best October in 10 years.

Year to date, VW has posted a sales hike of 23.8 percent.

"As the all-new Passat and Beetle start to enter the marketplace, demand for Volkswagen vehicles has already exceeded last year's annual volume in the first 10 months of the year,” said Jonathan Browning, VW of America’s chief executive.

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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 ...

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