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Volkswagen of America today reported a 4.5 percent climb in sales in April over a year ago as it continued to ride the reception of its new sport utility vehicles.

Sales totaled 28,794 units in April, with the Chattanooga-built Atlas SUV accounting for 5,404 of that figure, the company reported.

Sales of the all-new 2018 Tiguan totaled 7,637 units.

For the year so far, VW posted an 8.6 percent jump in sales to 112,746 units.

"We are encouraged with the brand's continued growth in the market, driven by the success of our two new SUVs," said Derrick Hatami, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Volkswagen of America. "We are also excited to have the all-new 2019 Jetta going on sale later this month, adding to the positive momentum."

At the same time, sales of the Passat midsize sedan, also made in Chattanooga, were off 34.2 percent to 4,044, according to VW.

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