Volkswagen, Audi report continued higher car sales

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High gas prices so far don’t seem to be scaring off car buyers.

Volkswagen of America and Audi of America Inc., both based in Herndon, reported increased car sales in March.

Volkswagen reported a 30 percent increase in vehicle sales in March, its 38th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. It also marked the company’s sixth month of sales increases of more than 30 percent.

“March’s strong sales of 36,588 units highlights a robust first quarter for 2012 for Volkswagen and we are poised for continued growth this calendar year,” Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., said in a statement. “Two years ago, we sold 10,168 Passat sedans for the year, and now we’ve broken the 10,000 barrier for the month.  The new Passat has become a true success story, and it’s having a great impact across our company here in the U.S.” 

Audi reported its 15th consecutive month of record-setting sales with 11,585 vehicles sold in March, 18 percent over the previous year.

“Audi momentum is continuing with our most luxurious models constituting more than three-quarters of our growth to record monthly sales. Our first quarter sales figures clearly reinforce the notion that consumers have helped Audi maintain its position as the progressive luxury vehicle brand,” said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen in a statement.

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