Volkswagen Canada December 2008 and full-year 2008 sales - Achieves an increase of 82.5% for the month of December versus the same period in 2007



    AJAX, ON, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Volkswagen Canada has announced that its sales
totalled 3,598 new units for December 2008, an 82.5% increase compared to
December 2007. Sales of Volkswagen's compact and fuel-efficient vehicles, the
Rabbit and the Jetta, were well ahead of December of last year, with increases
of 102.5% and 108.9%, respectively. Volkswagen's newest models, such as the
Tiguan compact SUV, the Jetta TDI Clean Diesels, the 7-passenger Routan van,
and the Passat CC Coupe, also contributed to Volkswagen sales increase
year-over-year. Despite a difficult and competitive vehicle market in the last
half of 2008, Volkswagen increased its full-year calendar sales by 8.4% versus
2007, selling 40,026 new vehicles. This was the sixth best new vehicle sales
year for Volkswagen since it began operating in Canada in 1952.

    Other highlights for the month and year:

    Jetta TDI Diesel and Jetta Wagon TDI Clean Diesel models accounted for
37.0% and 62.6% of total Jetta Sedan and Jetta Wagon sales, respectively, for
the month of December. The reintroduction of TDI Clean Diesel alternative
powertrain technology helped propel the Jetta as the top sales volume model in
2008 for Volkswagen in Canada.
    The sales of Volkswagen's affordable City Golf model increased by 20.1%
in 2008 compared to 2007, and City Jetta sales went up by 4.3%. The City Golf
was the second highest selling model in the Volkswagen line-up for the past
year in Canada.
    The ever-popular Rabbit saw its Canadian sales increase in 2008 by over
1,300 units, or 21.1% versus 2007, and became the third most popular model
sold by Volkswagen in 2008.

    Volkswagen sales by model line for the month of December 2008 and
full-year 2008 were:

    
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    Volkswagen                    December 2008               Full-Year 2008
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    City Golf                          711                         9,259
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    City Jetta                         280                         4,640
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    Rabbit                             575                         7,660
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    GTI                                 79                         1,406
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    New Beetle                         263                         1,607
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    Jetta                              994                         9,274
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    Eos                                 72                         1,121
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    Passat                             267                         2,589
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    Tiguan                             179                         1,412
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    Routan                              95                           355
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    Touareg 2                           83                           703
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    TOTAL                            3,598                        40,026
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    About Volkswagen Canada:
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    Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario, and
is part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG,
headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.
    Volkswagen sells the City Golf, City Jetta, Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, New
Beetle Convertible, Jetta Sedan, Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, GLI, Jetta Wagon,
Jetta Wagon TDI Clean Diesel, Eos, Passat Sedan, Passat CC, Passat Wagon,
Tiguan, Routan, and Touareg 2 through 130 independent Canadian Dealers. Visit
Volkswagen Canada online at www.vw.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Peter Viney, (905) 428-5858, Peter.Viney@VW.ca

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