published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

VW brand sales down in March

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    The VW logo is seen on the front of one of dozens of new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant.

The Volkswagen brand’s sales in March fell 0.8 percent from a year ago to 532,400 vehicles as demand dropped in Europe, the company reported today.

Still, for the first quarter, sales rose 5.2 percent to 1.43 million cars.

Christian Klingler, VW’s sales chief, said in a statement that markets are becoming more difficult and in some cases decidedly more challenging.

In Europe, the VW brand’s first-quarter sales fell 10 percent

Meanwhile, the brand’s first-quarter sales gained 7.3 percent in North America and 21 percent in the Asia-Pacific region.

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