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Volkswagen of America Reports Sept. 2017 Sales Up 33.2% 

Tues, Oct. 3:  VWoA delivered 32,112 units during September 2017.  That's a 33% increase over Sept. 2016 (24,112).  VW's best seller:  the Jetta at 12,038 units (8,299 last Sept.),  VW moved 4,095 Atlas CUVs and 3,075 of its new 2018 Tiguans.  Passat sales were down at 4,636 (6,335 last year).  The Atlas is now VW's third-best selling model.  SUVs comprised at least 26% of VW's total volume.  Audi reported a 9.6% increase.  It delivered 19,308 vehicles--its 81st straight monthly record. The best seller: the Q5 at 4,596 units.  Most carmakers posted sales spikes for September due to post-storm replacement vehicle buying.  Toyota's RAV4 is the top-selling non-pickup (47,142), while Ford's F series is the top-dog light vehicle (82,302).   

VW’s Improved “People First” 2018 Model-Year Warranty

Friday Sept. 29--Volks has a new deal:  a six-year/72,000 bumper-to-bumper transferable People First Warranty.  It cover’s the brands entire lineup with one exception—the e-Golf.  First introduced on the 2018 Tiguan and Atlas crossovers, the expanded warranty should improve customer confidence.

VW claims its new warranty is the industry’s best overall transferable protection plan.  It also means VW new-car buyers and those who opt for used ones will save on repair costs. 

 

VW’s Diesel Damage Costs Approaches $30 billion

Volkswagen Group stated that the cost for buying back or retrofitting diesel cars North America is more expensive than expected.  It took a charge of $3 billion in the third quarter to cover its 2.0-liter diesel settlement program in America.  The situation is described as “more technically complex and time consuming.”  This additional charge brings total damages for its diesel-scam to $30 says Bloomberg News.

 

VW Engine Chief Arrested in Germany

German media say prosecutors arrested VW Group’s former top engineer Wolfgang Hatz (Sept. 28).  Hatz was a former ally of VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn.  His arrest makes him the highest ranked VW employee taken into custody by prosecutors. 

2017 e-Golf SE Price:  $30,495

Sept. 14--VW’s fully electric e-Golf’s base price for a vehicle with more power and range than the 2016 model is $30,495 plus $825 destination.  A higher capacity lithium-ion battery boosts the EPA-estimated range from 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge.  The electric motor’s horsepower is 134, up from 115.  All trim levels get onboard chargers for six-hour “fill ups” at 240-volt charging stations.  A DC fast charging package is optional on the SE trim level and standard on higher trims.

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