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The auto industry enjoyed a spectacular month in September, reporting sales gains nearly across the board.

Volkswagen of America Inc.’s September sales rose 35.6 percent on a steep jump in demand for its Jetta sedans, the automaker said Monday. But Volkswagen’s ADR shares were down 5% Monday to $23.47.

The German automaker reported it sold more than 3,100 Chattanooga-made Passats in September as the automaker ramps up its launch of the all-new midsize sedan.

The introduction of the redesigned Passat and Beetle, along with strong Jetta deliveries, help drive up Volkswagen sales 35.6 percent in the month over a year ago, according to VW.

“We are continuing to see consumer interest in our German engineered vehicles grow as we launched the all-new Passat and Beetle in September,” said Jonathan Browning, VW of America’s chief executive.
Sales of the Tiguan sport utility vehicle rose 22.8 percent to 1,628.
Diesel models accounted for 22.7 percent of the month’s sales.

Mercedes-Benz USA reported September sales of 23,897 vehicles, a 15.6% improvement over September 2010 (20,666) and the company’s highest September volume on record.

On a year-to-date basis, the 182,314 vehicles sold represent a 10.3% increase over the 165,355 vehicles sold during the same period last year.

The highest volume performers for the month were the C-Class and E-Class model lines. The all-new 2012 sporty C-Class – and gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – led the pack with sales of 6,865, up 32.1% from September 2010.
The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 5,122 and the full-sized SUV, the GL-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 2,541.

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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)’s BMW brand last month increased its lead in the U.S. luxury automotive sales race with deliveries rising 19 percent on higher sales of the X3 sport-utility vehicle.

Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 12.8% on sales of 177,679 January through September compared to 157,464 sold in the first nine months of 2010.

MINI USA reported sales of 3,999 automobiles in September. The September 2011 sales are down 18.1% from the 4,884 sold in September, 2010.

Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 20.4% on volume of 41,635 compared to 34,588 in the first nine months of 2010.

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Porsche Cars North America announced September 2011 sales of 2,170 vehicles, an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, when it sold 1,971 vehicles.

To date in 2011, the company has sold 22,664 cars. In the same nine-month period last year, Porsche sales were 17,690; thus, with September results Porsche U.S. sales increased 28 percent year-to-date.

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Audi: VW Group’s premium brand reported record September sales, the ninth cosnecutive month of recford year-over-year increases. Demand for the all-new 2012 Audi A6 increased 42.8%, Audi Q7 YTD sales enjoy 30.8% uptick. Audi A3 TDI and Audi Q7 TDI accounted for 51% and 46.5% of sales mix; respectively

Audi U.S. year-to-date sales date grew 15.5% to 84,981. The luxury car brand has recorded record sales in 13 out of the past 14 months.

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