Volkswagen Group of America Achieves Sales of 580,286 Vehicles

Volkswagen Group of America Achieves Sales of 580,286 Vehicles in
Marks the Best Year in Organization's History 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 --  Volkswagen of America,

--  Group ends year with sales up by 30.6 percent, beating the previous
    sales record from 1970 by 2,899 vehicles
--  Volkswagen brand delivered 438,133 units, a 35.1 percent increase
--  Audi delivered an all-time record of 139,310 vehicles, a 18.5 percent
--  Bentley delivered 2,315 vehicles for the year, an increase of 23.3
--  Lamborghini delivered 520 vehicles in 2012, an increase of 52.9
    percent, and Bugatti is right on track

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) closed out its
record-breaking 2012 with sales of more than 580,200 units, making
2012 the best year in the organization's U.S. sales history. The
Volkswagen Group's previous sales record was set in 1970, when the
organization delivered 577,387 units in the U.S. market. The market
share of VWGoA was 4.0 in 2012, up 0.6 from 2011.  
"Our employees and our dealer and supplier partners have worked very
hard to establish foundations for success in the U.S. market, and
they deserve so much credit for setting this new record," said
Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America,
Inc. "We are pleased to see all of our brands contributing to growth
and setting this new landmark." 
The Volkswagen brand had its best year since 1973, selling 438,133
vehicles. Volkswagen saw great success with models across the
portfolio. Since 2009, the Volkswagen brand has increased sales by
105 percent. The Chattanooga-built Passat sold 117,023 units, its
best year ever. The company's volume-leading Jetta sold 170,424
vehicles. 2012 also marked the best year ever for the Tiguan, which
sold 31,731 vehicles for the year, an increase of 22.1 percent.  
The Audi brand continued its momentum with its best year ever,
delivering 139,310 vehicles. Since 2009, the brand has increased
sales by 68 percent. Audi ended the year with its 24th consecutive
month of record sales, and December 2012 was the best month ever
since Audi began selling cars in the U.S. market in 1970. Never
before had Audi sold more than 13,000 vehicles in a month, but in
December 2012, the brand delivered 14,841. 
The luxury brands of the Volkswagen Group of America also saw
significant gains in 2012. Bentley delivered 2,315 vehicles for the
year. In 2013, Bentley Motors of the Americas will be moving its U.S.
headquarters from Boston to Herndon, Va., joining Volkswagen of
America, Audi of America, Lamborghini and VW Credit, Inc.  
Bugatti, the epitome of exclusivity and performance, had a successful
2012. Lamborghini ended the year with growth of more than 50 percent. 
In addition to a successful year in sales, in 2012 the Volkswagen
Group of America continued to lay foundations for growth. The year
saw the opening of a new $27 million technical center in Oxnard,
Calif., as well as the groundbreaking of a parts distribution center
in Roane County, Tenn. and the expansion of the company's financial
services arm, VCI, Inc., in Libertyville, Ill. Both will open in
2013. In January 2013, one of the largest solar parks in Tennessee
will open on the Volkswagen Chattanooga site, providing 9.5
megawatts, up to 12.5 percent of the 2 million-square-foot plant's
The aim for Volkswagen Group of America 2013 is to continue to build
on those fundamentals that allow sustainable and profitable growth.
Volkswagen Group of America expects to see moderate growth in 2013
while still outpacing the industry.  
About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 
 Volkswagen Group of
America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of
the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker
in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of
distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti,
Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in
1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., and Volkswagen
Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science
of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering
attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are
competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The
company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and
sells its vehicles through a 960-strong dealer network.  
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