Jacoby cites dealer role in VW makeover

WASHINGTON -- Despite aggressive growth plans, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. won't add dealerships "for the time being." But VW does want more dealerships to be exclusively Volkswagen brand, CEO Stefan Jacoby said Friday.

Jacoby said about 50 percent of VW's 588 dealerships are stand-alone stores, and the company wants to raise that to 60 or 70 percent. VW is trying to expand U.S. VW brand sales from 230,572 last year to 1 million in a decade. Existing dealers easily can handle the growth to 400,000 to 450,000 vehicles, Jacoby said. When the automaker approaches 800,000 VW brand sales, businesspeople will be competing for franchises, he said.

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