Sales of Volkswagen's Chattanooga-made Passat in the United States have set a single-year record in less than nine months.
The company reported today that it has sold 77,524 Passat sedans year-to-date, making 2012 the best year of Passat sales ever in the U.S.
The sales figure surpasses the previous total year sales record of 77,523 set in 2001, said VW of America head of sales Frank Trivieri.
"This is a great milestone," he said in a telephone interview.
The new mark comes on the heels of the best August sales month for Passat to date with 10,900 units sold, the company said in a news release.
About 20 percent of all Passats sold in the U.S. are equipped with the clean diesel power train, according to VW.
See full story in Thursday's Times Free Press.