Volkswagen, Audi post sales increases

Volkswagen of America today reported June 2006 sales of 20,121, a 5.5 percent increase over June 2005. Volkswagen's mid-sized sedan, the Passat, continues to gain momentum -- up 132.1 percent versus last year. New Beetle Coupe sales continue to surge, posting a 36.3 percent increase over June of last year. Touareg sales fell 58 percent. Meanwhile, subsidiary Audi reported 8,039 vehicle sales for the month of June, an 11.3 percent increase over year ago sales. The all-new Q7 performance SUV tallied 1,310 sales in June, the first official month of sales for that vehicle. Sales of the A3 and A6 models were up significantly again, 17.9 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. The Audi A3 recorded 665 sales in the U.S., with most sales coming from the all-important Southern California market. [VW data sheet, Audi data sheet]