U.S. Auto Sales: Volkswagen sales up 36.2% in December; 2011 volume up 26.3% image

Volkswagen of America, Inc. on Wednesday reported 324,402 units sold in the United States in 2011, a 26.3 percent increase over prior year sales.

December sales totaled 32,502, up 36.2 percent over 2010, marking the best December since 1972.

The German automaker that build the U.S. spec Passat at Chattanooga plant said 2011 was a successful year of growth for Volkswagen of America.

“In addition to strong sales performance, in 2011 we opened an award-winning manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., launched the all-new Beetle and Passat – which won the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year – and the brand made the biggest improvement in Sales Satisfaction in the industry.

We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2012.”, said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Jetta sedan sales totaled 150,515 for 2011, which is a 54.5 percent increase over 2010, according to the car-maker.

The 2012 Beetle sold 5,626 units for the year, 1,530 for the month of December; the 2012 Passat sedan sales totaled 22,779 units for the entire year.