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Volkswagen Sales Increase: Why You Should Care

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author photo by Doug DeMuro June 2015
  • VW sales reached nearly 35,000 units last month
  • The sales increase came largely from the redesigned Golf
  • Increasing sales is good news for the VW brand, which has lagged in recent years

Volkswagen of America sold nearly 35,000 cars last month, which is an increase of around 8 percent over the same period last year. And while we wouldn't normally report on sales figures, we think that VW's latest numbers are particularly interesting -- especially for shoppers considering a new compact car.

The driving force (quite literally) behind Volkswagen's latest sales increase was the brand's Golf hatchback, which is fully redesigned for the 2015 model year. In fact, Volkswagen says its Golf family of vehicles -- the Golf, the sporty GTI, the high-performance Golf R, the practical Golf SportWagen and the electric e-Golf -- posted a whopping 252 percent sales increase over the same period last year.

Part of that change was spurred by the arrival of the Golf SportWagen, which used to be called the Jetta SportWagen but was renamed last year.

The updated Golf hatchback also earned a warm reception in May, boasting a 188 percent sales increase compared to May 2014 numbers for last year's model. The updated GTI earned a 65 percent sales increase, while the fully electric e-Golf sold 410 units -- a figure that Volkswagen says is the EV's best month yet.

Why is this interesting news for shoppers? Because it means that the Golf line is finding traction in a market that isn't always very receptive to hatchbacks. It also means that shoppers searching for a new car might want to take a closer look at the Golf, as the latest model has earned high praise from automotive journalists, along with strong popularity from actual car shoppers.

Beyond the Golf's success, other Volkswagen models that earned major sales success this month include the Jetta sedan, which jumped by 5 percent compared to last year, and the Tiguan, which had a 16 percent year-over-year sales increase.

What it means to you: Volkswagen sales are heating up, and if you're in the market for a new car, it might be worth checking out some of the latest offerings from VW.

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