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Company Delivers Over Twice the Volume Sold in 2009, Best Calendar Year Since 1973; December Sales Total 44,005 Units, a 35.4 Percent Increase and the Best December Since 1970

HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/03/13 -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA)

  • Brand achieves a 35.1 percent increase with 438,133 units delivered and 28 consecutive months of growth
  • Chattanooga-built Passat, sold 117,023 units, its best year ever and a 413.7 percent increase versus 2011; 14,462 units in December
  • Jetta Sedan sales total 13,102 units in December and 146,478 year-to-date
  • 2012 Beetle achieved 3,182 units in December
  • Golf up 15.9 percent, Tiguan up 22.1 percent and Touareg up 40.1 percent versus 2011.
  • High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 20.6 percent of sales in 2012 and 16.7 percent in December

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 438,133 units delivered in 2012, a 35.1 percent increase over prior year sales. December deliveries totaled 44,005, up 35.4 percent over 2011, marking the best December since 1970.

"2012 marked another successful year of growth for Volkswagen of America," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "The Volkswagen brand delivered another important step in our long-term growth plan. 2012 marked the third consecutive year of significant double-digit growth rates and we more than doubled our volume of 2009. With the addition of the all-new Jetta Turbo Hybrid, Beetle Convertible and our strong dealer network, we expect to continue to outpace the industry in 2013."

The Chattanooga-built Volkswagen Passat, continues to demonstrate its strong appeal in the market with 14,462 units sold in December and 117,023 for the year, marking its best sales ever.

Jetta sedan sales totaled in 13,102 in December and 146,478 for the year, demonstrating that affordable German Engineering is a key selling point for the brand. The Jetta Turbo Hybrid, which received EPA ratings of 42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway for a combined mileage of 45 mpg, was added to the Jetta line-up in December.

The Beetle sold 29,174 units for the year and 3,182 for the month of December. Golf sales increased 15.9 percent for the year and 4.7 percent increase in December sales. The Tiguan sold 3,310 units in December and 31,731 units for the year marking its best December and year ever. The Touareg saw an increase in sales of 40.1 percent for the year and 26.1 percent for December. The only affordable four-door coupe, the Volkswagen CC, sold 2,196 units in December.

Volkswagen's high-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models account for 20.6 percent of sales in 2012 and 16.7 percent in December.


                       Dec.12   Dec.11    Yr/Yr%  Dec.2012 Dec.2011  Yr/Yr %
                                          change     YTD      YTD    change
Golf                     1,477    1,411      4.7%   20,677   17,839    15.9%
GTI                      1,085    1,332    -18.5%   16,314   16,867    -3.3%
Golf R                     292        -         -    3,894        -        -
Total Golf R/Golf/GTI    2,854    2,743      4.0%   40,885   34,706    17.8%
Jetta Sedan             13,102   12,422      5.5%  146,478  150,515    -2.7%
  SportWagen             2,559    2,000     28.0%   23,946   26,845   -10.8%
Total Jetta             15,661   14,422      8.6%  170,424  177,360    -3.9%
Beetle Coupe             2,666    1,530     74.2%   28,654    5,626   409.3%
  Convertible              516        1 51,500.0%      520      842   -38.2%
Total Beetle             3,182    1,531    107.8%   29,174    6,468   351.1%
Eos                        372      419    -11.2%    6,214    7,533   -17.5%

Passat Sedan            14,462    6,884    110.1%  117,023   22,779   413.7%
    Wagon                    -        -         -        -       56  -100.0%
Total Passat            14,462    6,884    110.1%  117,023   22,835   412.5%
CC                       2,196    2,450    -10.4%   21,646   29,502   -26.6%
Tiguan                   3,310    2,403     37.7%   31,731   25,990    22.1%
Touareg                  1,408    1,117     26.1%   10,553    7,535    40.1%
Routan                     560      533      5.1%   10,483   12,473   -16.0%
                TOTAL   44,005   32,502     35.4%  438,133  324,402    35.1%

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 610 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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