published Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

VW’s U.S. sales in January up 47.9 percent

Rows of new Passats await delivery at the Chattanooga Volkswagen manufacturing plant at the Enterprise South industrial park.
Rows of new Passats await delivery at the Chattanooga Volkswagen manufacturing plant at the Enterprise South industrial park.
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Volkswagen of America today reported that sales last month climbed 47.9 percent as the German automaker with a plant in Chattanooga had its best January since 1974.

VW sold 27,209 vehicles in January over the same month a year ago, the company said in a press release. 

Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, said the automaker is off to a strong start.

“We ended 2011 strong and are seeing the momentum continue into 2012,” he said in a statement.

The Passat had sales of 6,318 units for the month, and the demand has created a need for more hiring at the Chattanooga plant. VW said Tuesday it would hire 200 additional employees, bringing the total to 2,700 at the factory.

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

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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