VW sales drop 13 percent in August, but Passat sales are flat with year ago

VW sales drop 13 percent in August, but Passat sales are flat with year ago

September 1st, 2016 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is shown during a test drive on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Volkswagen's U.S. sales last month were down 9.1 percent from a year ago, but sales of the Chattanooga-made Passat were down only 0.3 percent in August compared with a year earlier.

Volkswagen said today that it sold 29,384 vehicles in the United States last month, including 7,389 Passats assembled in Chattanooga. A year ago, VW sold 32,335 vehicles in the U.S., including 7,409 Passats.

Despite the overall drop in sales, VW said last month was the best August ever for the Tiguan, which sold 3,302 units in the U.S last month.

In the first seven months of 2016, VW sales were down nearly 13 percent, while Passat sales dropped 17.3 percent.

Volkswagen sales have suffered since the company suspended sales of most of its diesel models in September 2015 when  tests showed that the diesel 2-liter engines in the Passat and other vehicles failed to meet emission standards on road tests of the cars.