published Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Volkswagen sales could near U.S. record set in 1970, official says

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Volkswagen Group of America’s chief said today the company could near its all-time sales record this year.

"We may get close" to the 569,696 car sales the VW group achieved in the U.S. in 1970, Chief Executive Jonathan Browning told Reuters at the Paris car show today.

Browning also said he was still discussing with group management the possibility of introducing a midsize SUV in the U.S., although he could not yet confirm the project would go ahead.

Industry observers have said such an SUV could be produced at the Chattanooga auto assembly plant where the midsize Passat is assembled.

Just last week, VW reported Passat sales have set an new U.S. sales mark with more than three months remaining in the year.

Passat sales hit 77,524 last week. The old full-year record was set in 2001, according to VW.

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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