VW reported sales up 3.1% in March to 37,704 vehicles.
March was VW’s 31st straight month of growth and also the best March and best first quarter since 1973. The volume leader model was the Jetta, which sold 12,872 units, followed by the Passat with 9,521 units. High-mileage diesel vehicles accounted for 22.6% of the automaker’s total sales and 34% of the Passat sedan sales.
“While we are cautious in terms of economic outlook, we expect to see continued growth at a moderate pace in the months ahead,” said VW Group of America CEO Jonathan Browning.
The Tiguan small SUV sold 3,304 units, an increase of 24.3%, while the Jetta SportWagen sold mostly diesels, with a total sales number of 2,133 units, up 5.6%. The Beetle and the new Beetle Convertible saw an increase of 32% to 2,599 units and 1,483 vehicles respectively. The only model which saw a decrease in sales was the Golf compact which fell 21.4% to 2,854 units. The automaker has presented at the New York Auto Show the seventh generation, award-winning redesigned Golf, but it will reach the US market in 2014.
“Even though consumer confidence has been up and down so far this year, there are ‘wealth effects’ that are making Americans feel comfortable finally buying the new cars they’ve been waiting for,” said Edmunds.com chief economist Lacey Plache.