published Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

VW’s U.S. sales rise on Chattanooga-made Passat

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    New Passats await shipment at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant.
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Volkswagen sales in September rose 34.4 percent in the U.S. on the back of the Chattanooga-made Passat and VW’s Tiguan sport utility vehicle, the company reported today.

The automaker posted its best September in the U.S. since 1972 with sales of 36,663 vehicles.

“We had continued strong performance from Passat,” said Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America in a conference call with analysts and journalists.

The Passat recently came in first in Motor Trend’s 2012-13 comparison test with other midsize vehicles, Browning said. Some 9,500 Passats were sold last month.

Through September, VW’s U.S. sales have risen 37.2 percent.

See full story in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

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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