Volkswagen May sales up 28 percent

Volkswagen May sales up 28 percent

June 1st, 2012 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

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/Times Free Press.

Volkswagen Group of America today reported that sales surged 28.4 percent in May over a year ago, as the Chattanooga-made Passat topped the 10,000 mark for the third consecutive month.

VW sold 10,178 Passats in May, the company reported in a press release.

Overall, VW sold 38,657 units in the month, its best May since 1973, the automaker said.

"Selling over 38,000 vehicles this month is a significant accomplishment for Volkswagen," said Jonathan Browning, chief executive for VW Group of America, in a statement.

VW reported that sales of its clean diesel TDI models accounted for 20.3 percent of sales in May, up 21 percent versus the prior year.

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