The FINANCIAL -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. reported sales of 30,555 units delivered in September 2018, a decrease of 4.8 percent over September 2017. With 266,228 units year-to-date in 2018, sales have now risen 5.5 percent this year to date.
September sales were impacted by delays in the certification process caused by a backlog in meeting new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure standards. Certification delays pushed back the arrival of some model year 2019 vehicles, limiting inventory for the month.
Volkswagen’s growing SUV portfolio continued to gain momentum through September, with all-new Atlas and 2018 Tiguan sales accounting for 37 percent of the brand’s sales. The Jetta led the brand with 10,631 vehicles delivered in September, supported by the all-new 2019 model.
Volkswagen now offers America’s Best Car and SUV Bumper-to-Bumper Transferable Warranty on all 2018 models, with the exception of the e-Golf. The People First Warranty is a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, that can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout its duration. The e-Golf carries an eight-year, 100,000-mile High Voltage Limited System warranty on its battery as well as a bumper-to-bumper, 3-year or 36,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty.