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VW of America Posts July 2015 Sales Gain, Announces 2016 Model Year Updates

VW’s sales moved upward 2.4% for July 2015 vs. July 2014.  VW rep Mark Gillies tells the Autoist that the Jetta is VW’s bestseller (11,467 units; 4.2% increase).  He says customer acceptance of VW’s updated compact sedan proves VW is headed in the right direction.

The Golf family posted the biggest gains with the SportWagen topping the list at 2,602 units.  Previously, the SportWagen was a Jetta model.  Tiguan sales were up 13.5% to 2,407 units.  VW’s midsize Passat, slated for a major makeover, sold 6,904 units down 20.4%.

2016 Jetta Gets New Engine, 2016 Compact VWs Offer Driver Assistance Packages

For 2016, Jetta S and SE models employ an alloy-block turbocharged 1.4-liter, 150 four-cylinder engine—EA288.   With a six-speed automatic, VW claims it nets 39 mpg highway.  A five-speed manual is also available.  This “eco” mill, found under the Jetta Hybrid’s hood, is popular in Europe; it features many driveline innovations.

VW further ups vehicle content by democratizing driver assistance aids:  forward collision alert, autonomous braking, parking assist, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert.  Rearview cameras are found on 85% of VW’s models.  Driver assist package pricing ranges from $695 to $1,495.

Sound Systems

VW also announces updated infotainment systems.  The large-screen version supports CarPlay interface for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink.            


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The VWCA (Volkswagen Club of America) is a not-for-profit hobby club for owners and enthusiasts of Volkswagen and Audi automobiles. Founded in 1955, the Club has followed the evolution of Volkswagen from the early air-cooled Beetle to the latest models to roll off the assembly line. We are not owned by, affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen AG or Volkswagen of America, the Importer. The Club is operated and managed solely by volunteer members who contribute their time and energy in pursuit of our motto, "to help Volkswagen and Audi owners enjoy their cars to the fullest." Read about the club's history.


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