Volkswagen of America today reported that September sales plunged 12.2 percent compared to the same period last year, and Passat recorded one of its worst months in 2013.
Just 7,900 of the Chattanooga-made Passat were sold in September, down 16.8 percent from a year ago, according to the German automaker.
VW recorded 31,920 sales in September and 314,833 year-to-date, down 2.6 percent through September.
“While September was an expectedly tough month for the industry, Volkswagen is seeing some stability as we are consistently pacing at a solid level of performance for the second year in a row, a level we haven’t seen in 40 years,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer of Volkswagen of America, in a statement. “As we enter the last quarter of the year, I’m confident we can maintain this pace as our product mix improves and we increase the availability of our 2014 model year vehicles.”
VW reported that 35.2 percent of Passat sales were diesel models.
See more in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.
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 ...