Sales of the Chattanooga-built Passat in February were 19.3 percent below year-ago levels, Volkswagen said today.
VW said it sold 6,997 Passats last month, including 1,697 of its diesel-powered Passat TDI. A year ago, VW sold 7,532 Passats, but last year included better weather.
Overall Volkswagen sales in the U.S. totaled 27,112 vehicles, down 16.3 percent from the same time a year ago.
“February was an expectedly modest month with the wind down of outgoing models and the fewest number of selling days,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer of Volkswagen of America. “Nonetheless, we are pleased to see our core vehicles and TDI Clean Diesels continue to show strength in the market. With a full range of fuel-efficient vehicles, seven of which deliver more than 40 mpg on the highway, we anticipate steady demand as we enter the spring selling season.“
So far in 2014, Passat sales have totaled 13,213, or 19.4 percent less than in the start of 2013.
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...