published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Passat, VW sales fall sharply in December

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.
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.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

Volkswagen of America today reported sharply lower Passat and overall vehicle sales in December.

U.S. sales of the Chattanooga-made Passat dropped 36 percent in December as the midsize sedan suffered from a comparison against a huge month in 2012, according to the company.

Overall, VW posted a 22.7 percent decline in sales for the month versus December 2012. For the year, VW sales are off 6.9 percent, the carmaker reported.

Still, Mark McNabb, Volkswagen of America’s chief operating officer, said total December sales of 34,015 units was its second best for the month since 1972.

Also, VW recorded sales of 407,704 for the year. That’s the first time in 40 years the automaker had back to back years of over 400,000 in sales, according to VW.

See Saturday’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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