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Volkswagen’s Sales Down in Wake of Diesel-Emissions Crisis

Volkswagen's Sales Down in Wake of Diesel-Emissions Crisis

HERNDON, Virginia – Volkswagen of America’s December sales dropped 9.1 percent compared to a year ago, as the German automaker continued to grapple with the repercussions of its diesel-emissions scandal.

The German automaker’s monthly sales report stood in stark contrast to that of the Detroit 3, Nissan and Toyota, which all recorded sales gains for December.

However, the Volkswagen Tiguan turned in a stellar performance, with a 131.6 percent increase in sales for the month, marking the best month ever for the SUV.

Sales of the Volkswagen Golf models were up 29.7 percent over the previous December. The VW Golf GTI posted a 32.4 percent sales increase in December compared to a year ago.

“We are very pleased with the strong Golf family results and record-setting performance of the Tiguan in 2015,” said Mark McNabb, Volkswagen of America chief operating officer, in a statement. “As we look towards 2016, we are committed to rebuilding trust in the brand and would like to thank our customers and dealers for their continued patience and loyalty.”

Interestingly, Audi sales were robust in December. Audi is part of the VW Group.

“December 2015 represented the best-ever December U.S. sales results in Audi history, as well as the 60th consecutive month of record sales for Audi in the U.S.,” Audi said in a statement.

The Audi Q3 and Q5 both achieved record sales in the month of December, with the Q3 posting a 66.6 percent increase over December 2014 and the Q5 posting a 33.1 percent increase over December 2014.

Edmunds says: Expect the fallout from the emissions scandal to continue for some time.

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