October U.S. Auto Sales: Volkswagen up 39.6 percent image

Volkswagen of America, Inc. on Tuesday reported that sales climbed 39.6 percent in October. The Germans sold 28,028 units in the United States.

Most important facts:

  • Vw already surpassed 2010 Full-Year Volume
  • The best October since 2001
  • 2012 Beetle achieved 1,516 units as production starts to ramp up
  • Jetta model sales up 51.5 percent to 13,058 units – breaks 150,000 for year

VW officials said the month was the German automaker’s best October in 10 years.

“As the all-new Passat and Beetle start to enter the market place, demand for Volkswagen vehicles has already exceeded last year’s annual volume in the first 10 months of the year, ” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

“With the right products in the heart of key segments, and now the most Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICKS in the industry, our momentum continues as customers are increasingly recognizing and embracing the quality and value of our vehicles.”

VW has sold 5,040 2012 Passat models for the month of October, its first full-month of sales for the Chattanooga-built vehicle and the most Passats sold since December 2005.

The Touareg SUV reported an increase of 204.6 percent while the Tiguan model reported an increase of 18.4 percent.