Volkswagen reported sales up 29.3% in November, compared with the same period last year.

On Sunday, December 9th, finance director Dieter Poetsch told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper that the new Golf already has over 60,000 new orders, much higher than what the automaker expected.

Last month VW sold 36,728 vehicles, an increase of 29.3% over the same period last month, reaching its best November since 1973. The models which accounted for most of these sales were the Tiguan SUV and the Passat mid-size. Diesels accounted for 19.6% of all vehicles sold in November, with Passat diesels being 25% of all Passat sales.

Bettle sales increased 19.7% and VW expects them to keep riding after it presented a convertible version last month at the Los Angeles auto show. Despite destructions and disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Northeast dealers reported strong sales, mainly because people had to replace the vehicles wrecked by the storm.

“Significantly, the brand is now more than 100,000 units ahead of where we were this time last year. This is a testament to the appeal of our affordable German engineered vehicles and the strength of our dealer network,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.


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