Diesels Account for 23% of VW Sales in 2013, Overall Sales Down 7% for the Year

By Paul Riegler on 3 January 2014
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Volkswagen Passats at the factory

Volkswagen Passats at the factory

Sales of diesel-powered automobiles accounted for almost a quarter of Volkswagen’s 2013 vehicle sales in the United States, although overall sales of the Wolfsburg-based automaker declined.

On Friday, VW announced U.S. sales figures for 2013, which totaled 407,704 vehicles, a year-over-year decrease of 6.9%.  Volkswagen had sold 438,133 cars in 2012, which was in turn a 35% year-over-year increase.  2013 marks the first time in 40 years that the company had sold over 400,000 cars in two consecutive years.

A bright spot in the picture were the manufacturer’s diesel sales, which totaled 95,810, a year-over-year increase of 6.2% from the 90,255 units sold in 2012.  Volkswagen said that 2013 was the best year on record for diesel sales and that it had sold a total of 500,000 diesels since the year 2000.

The U.S.-built Passat TDI accounted for 34,963 vehicles, 32% of total Passat sales, in 2013, a record number according to VW.  The Passat is rated at 43 mpg (5.5 l/100 km) and can go 795 miles (1,280 kilometers) on one tank of fuel.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)