Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported December 2009 sales of 20,387 total units, representing a 16 percent increase over December 2008. December marks Volkswagen’s sixth consecutive sales month above last year.
The Jetta, Volkswagen of America’s top selling nameplate, posted strong December results with 10,233 units, a 26.9 percent increase over December 2008. Volkswagen’s clean diesel TDI models continue to perform especially well and accounted for over 20 percent of the brands total December sales with 4,378 units.
Volkswagen’s eye-catching four door coupe, the CC, performed extremely well once again, posting sales of 3,149 units. Also posting strong December results is Volkswagen’s latest iteration of their original pocket rocket, the GTI, which is now in its sixth generation. GTI posted December results of 1,198 units, representing a 75.9 percent increase over December 2008. The CC and GTI exemplify what the Volkswagen Brand is all about — affordable, fun-to-drive, and stylish German engineering.
Volkswagen sold 213,454 total units for 2009, a decrease of 4.3 percent of the 223,128 units sold in 2008.
Total Jetta sales for 2009 were 108,427 total units, representing an 11.3 percent increase over 2008. Validating the consumer shift to more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, Volkswagen’s line of clean diesel TDI models achieved strong sales results in 2009. Combined the Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf and Touareg TDI’s sold 41,278 total units in 2009, representing approximately 20 percent of total sales.
‘December’s performance was encouraging, as was the six consecutive months of sales growth that we have experienced. During those six months, Volkswagen sales increased 8.2 percent over the same period of last year,’ said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. ‘2009 proved to be another extremely challenging year for the Automotive Industry. We are encouraged by the fact that we were able to continue to grow our market share throughout 2009 despite the extremely challenging market conditions,’ added Barnes.
– Volkswagen of America