published Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

VW Passat July sales best ever in U.S.

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    Joanne Benante poses with her new Passat, recognized Thursday by Volkswagen officials as being the 100,000th car manufactured at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Volkswagen today reported that its July sales in the U.S. jumped 27.3 percent over last year with the Chattanooga-made Passat posting its best July ever.

VW sold 9,007 Passats nationally last month as VW has its highest overall July in 39 years.

“We’re seeing the momentum continue despite a pretty competitive environment,” said Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group of America’s chief executive.

VW sales surpassed 37,000 vehicles for the month, with Jetta accounting for more than 11,600, the company reported.

For the year through July, VW’s sales are 34.1 percent higher over the same period in 2011.

See more auto sales coverage in Thursday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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