U.S. helps drive VW sales up

U.S. helps drive VW sales up

August 22nd, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Aerial image shows new Volkswagen Passats in the parking of the VW plant at Enterprise South.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

The United States helped propel Volkswagen brand sales 10.4 percent higher worldwide in the first seven months of the year, the German automaker reported today.

VW delivered over 3.26 million vehicles in the period, with sales in North America up 23.4 percent to 346,700, the company said in a news release.

Sales of 245,700 in the U.S. were 34.1 percent above the prior-year period, according to VW.

The company reported earlier that the Chattanooga-made Passat accounted for nearly a quarter of all sales in the U.S. in July.

"The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has grown global deliveries further despite the continued difficult market situation, above all in Western Europe," said Christian Klingler, board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group.