Volkswagen and Audi sales continued to rise in March, with VW posting a 2.7 percent gain and Audi rising 1.7 percent to extend the luxury brand’s streak of year-over-year monthly sales increases to 75 consecutive months.
VW sales gains were led by the Golf SportWagen, which more than doubled its sales in March and helped push the whole Golf family of vehicles up 42 percent in the month. Jetta sales declined by 7.4 percent in the month, while sales of the larger Passat rose 2.8 percent. Tiguan sales also declined in March, dropping 7.1 percent.
At Audi, individual nameplate results were mixed. Sales of the Q5 crossover were up 18 percent, while sales of the smaller Q3 crossover rose 21 percent.
Meanwhile, sales of the A4 sedan rose 20 percent, while sales of the larger A6 sedan climbed 8.5 percent. However, sales of the A3, A5, A7 and A8 all declined by double-digit percentages, as did sales of the Q7 crossover and the TT sports coupe. The brand said it sold 69 high-performance R8s in March.
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