Volkswagen posts drop in U.S. sales

Industrywide sales better than expectations

In this 2016 staff file photo, a Passat is parked at the main entrance to the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Volkswagen of America on Monday reported that November sales fell 8 percent over the same month a year ago as the sale of cars, including the Chattanooga-built Passat, fell sharply.

Car sales plunged 15 percent in the month, while SUVs posted a 1 percent gain, according to the German automaker.

November sales were affected by a backlog in certification to meet a new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure standards, the company reported.

Still, year-to-date, sales totaled 322,017 units, up 4 percent over 2017.

For the month, sales totaled 26,789 units with drops in Passat, Golf family and the Beetle. Passat sales came in a 2,156, down 31 percent from the same month a year ago, as VW plans to start production on an all-new version next year.

SUV sales rose in November with the Chattanooga-made Atlas up 2 percent in the month to 5,233 vehicles.