Volkswagen-brand sales rose 4.3 percent in May to 30,014 vehicles. Sales were boosted both by the arrival of the new Atlas three-row crossover and the continued selldown of previously unsold -- but now fixed --- 2015 turbodiesel vehicles.
Meanwhile, Audi said its sales rose another 2.5 percent in May to 19,197, on gains from its lineup of crossovers, marking its 77th consecutive month of monthly sales records.
Porsche sales rose 5 percent to 4,805.
Combined with other brands, VW Group of America's May sales increased 3.9 percent to 54,314.
VW-brand's sales included its first 1,610 versions of the Atlas, which went on sale mid-month, and 4,440 previously unsold now-repaired 2015 turbodiesels. Those vehicles helped triple sales of the Golf Sportwagen in May, and helped push sales of the Golf family of vehicles up 61 percent in the month. Beetle sales also rose sharply in May, climbing 55 percent.
Sales of both the VW Tiguan and Touareg crossovers fell sharply, with Tiguan down 53 percent as dealers prepare for the arrival later this summer of the redesigned version.
At Audi, sales of its crossover lineup grew in May, led by the three-row Q7, which rose 15 percent. Sales of the A4 Allroad tripled, while sales of the higher-volume A5 sedan more than doubled.