US: Vw of America sales up 22 percent in July image

  • Vw July sales total 29,066 units, a 21.7 percent increase over prior year sales

VW of America on Tuesday reported 29,066 units sold in July 2011, a 21.7 percent increase over prior year sales Year-to-date sales are up 22.2 percent.

The best seller was the Jetta sedan. Volkswagen sold a total of 15,713 Jetta sedans and wagons in July, compared with 10,413 a year ago. The EPA rates the base gasoline Jetta, with its old 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four and five-speed manual transmission, at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 28 mpg.

“July was a strong month and signaled a good start for the second half of the year,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “For the seventh month in a row, we significantly outpaced the industry performance, showing strong baseline demand for our products.”

The maker of Us-Spec Passat is prepared to expand production of the U.S. Passat less than four months after building its first one.

“We’ve already taken steps to decide how we will do it,” Don Jackson, president of manufacturing at the Chattanooga operations, said after speaking to an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday. “We’ve looked at the different shift models to do it. We have the planning all done. We just haven’t pulled the trigger.”

Last year, consumers bought about 13,000 Passats, compared with more than 311,000 Honda Accords and more than 327,000 Toyota Camrys.