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Volkswagen of America today reported that sales fell more than 18 percent in March over a year ago, despite sharp success in the market for the all-new Golf.

Sales dropped for all VW models except for Golf in March, according to the German automaker that has a production plant in Chattanooga where the midsize Passat sedan is made.

Passat sales totaled 7,794 units for the month, down about 30 percent from a year ago.

In March, Golf family sales totaled 4,643 units. This marks the best March for the Golf family in 15 years, according to VW.

"We look forward to keeping this momentum going with the Golf-R and the introduction of the all-new Golf SportWagen," said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer for Volkswagen of America, in a statement.

Total March sales for the company were 30,025 units.

For the year, VW sales are off about 9 percent.

See more in Thursday's Times Free Press.

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