Both VW and Audi of America have reported record-setting November results.
Audi sold 6,556 vehicles, a 9.9% increase over the same month last year, when
sales were 5,971. These results mark the company’s best November in the company’s
Audi will soon break its all-time annual sales record of 74,061 set in 1985.
With only 1,130 units to go, the company plans to surpass the record in the
first 15 days in December. Year-to-date sales are 72,932 versus 59,480 in 1999,
an increase of 22.6%.
In its first full month of availability, the new Allroad quattro, a ‘crossover’
vehicle offering customers both on- and off-road performance, achieved 441 sales.
The TT posted major gains with November sales of 1,083, up 101.7% over last
A6 sales were 2,118, down 8% over the same month last year. The A4 achieved
2,753 for the month, down 4.6%.
All-aluminum flagship A8 sales totaled 160 in November, with the long-wheelbase
model accounting for 85.6%.
Meanwhile, Audi’s VAG sibling, Volkswagen of America, reported its best
November in 27 years. The company sold 26,597 cars, representing an 8.7% increase
over last year.
So far in 2000, Volkswagen has sold 328,614 new cars in the US, which represents
a 12.7% increase over 1999’s eleven-month total of 291,660. With one month left
in the sales year, Volkswagen has already surpassed its total 1999 sales of
The top-selling Jetta model [known elsewhere as the Bora] established a new
November mark at 11,517, up 18% from last year’s 9,757 sales. The Passat, soon
to be replaced by an updated model, also enjoyed a record for the month at 6,101,
an increase of 7.9% over November 1999’s 5,654.
In contrast to European markets which prefer hatchbacks to sedans, US Golf
sales last month were just 2,430, up 93.5% from 1999’s 1,256.
New Beetle sales are now on a the-novelty-has-worn-off decline and were 5,716
compared to last year’s 6,922.
Volkswagen, however, continues to be America’s best-selling European car brand.