Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Volkswagen of America December Sales Results

Text from Volkswagen of America.
Jetta sales lead the way with an increase of 55% for December; new Passat records increase of 13.3% for month.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. reported December 2005 sales of 25,956, marking the brand’s best monthly sales of 2005 with an increase of 20.9 percent over the same period in 2004 when sales were 21,469. The strong December sales brought Volkswagen’s total 2005 sales figure to 224,195 versus 2004’s total of 256,111, representing a year-over-year decrease of 12.5 percent.

Significant in the overall December results was the continued sales growth of the recently redesigned Jetta and the new Passat that hit the market last year. Jetta sales for December of 2005 were 12,142, an increase of 55 percent over 2004’s mark of 7,835. For the year, the Jetta recorded overall sales of 104,063 versus 2004’s total of 91,790, a 13.4 percent rise.

With growing retail availability of model, engine, and transmission choices since its launch late last summer, the new Passat sales for December 2005 were 6,640 compared to 2004’s results of 6,584, an increase of 0.9 percent.

Other models that helped propel December 2005 sales included the newly refined New Beetle, up 20.7 percent for the month, and the Golf and GTI that saw combined upswing of 6.5 percent for the final month of the year.

Volkswagen also recorded strong TDI diesel sales for 2005, even with limited availability in some models, with an overall 2005 mark of 29,072 versus 2004 when TDI sales of all models were 26,746.

A sales breakdown for December and the year includes the following:

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