Volkswagen of America has announced sales were down by 25% in November compared to the same month of 2014.
The automaker managed to deliver 23,882 units and this represents the second-lowest monthly total of the year after January. Interestingly, it was Volkswagen’s steepest monthly decline since the start of the Great Recession. The major decrease was caused by a sales block of cars equipped with TDI engines as a result of the ongoing Dieselgate. In addition, sales of models powered with gasoline engines were down by 2,381 units. As you probably are aware, the diesel issue for Volkswagen in America concerns not just the 2.0 TDI, but also the larger V6 3.0 TDI that powers the Touareg SUV.
The Passat mid-size sedan suffered a whopping 60% decrease in sales last month, whereas deliveries of the smaller Jetta plummeted by 23%. It should be mentioned that the Volkswagen of America dealer network also had to face a tight inventory in November and this is probably partially responsible for the major sales drop.
There is some good news for VW’s U.S. division as sales of the Tiguan rose by 88% to 3,907 units. However, through 11 months so far in the year, Volkswagen of America has sold 318,484 cars which is a 4% decline compared to the January-November 2014 period.