Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) reported 38,013 units delivered in May, a 1.7% decrease over prior year sales. However, its TDI diesel models accounted for 22.3% of sales in May, and 21.7% for the year, the best May and year-to-date results ever.
We saw an uptick in our consumer traffic and closing rates this month which allowed us to set new records for Jetta and Passat. In a month in which the industry saw strong growth in the pickup truck segments, an area in which we do not compete, we are pleased to see healthy consumer demand for our passenger cars, especially the growing demand for our TDI Clean Diesels and Hybrid line up.—Jonathan Browning, President and CEO Volkswagen Group of America
The Chattanooga-built Passat continued to deliver strong results with 10,267 units delivered in May; more than 31 percent of the Passats sold in May were diesels.
Total Jetta deliveries for May accounted for 15,910 units, up 4.8% over last year. The Jetta Turbo Hybrid posted 473 deliveries in May.