AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-Firmly establishing itself again as
the number-one selling European importer in the U.S., Volkswagen of America, Inc. today
reported its best annual sales results in 17 years.
In 1998, Volkswagen sold 219,679 new cars in the U.S., up 59.3 percent over 1997. It
was the best Volkswagen total in the U.S. since 1981 when the German automaker sold
In December, Volkswagen sales were 17,950, an increase of 48.2 percent over the same
month in 1997 when sales were 12,116. This marks the best December for Volkswagen in the
U.S. since 1981.
Among Volkswagen's many sales highlights was the overwhelming success of the New
Beetle-the recent recipient of the 1999 North American Car of the Year. Volkswagen sold
7,516 New Beetles in December, making it the second-best sales month of the year - a year
that began with its market introduction in March. For the year, 55,842 New Beetles were
The old and ...
... the new American dream of a
Volkswagen car. In 1998 55,842 new
Beetle were sold!