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Volkswagen-brand sales continued their rebound in January, rising 17 percent to 23,510 vehicles on strong increases from the Golf Sportwagen and Tiguan.
Meanwhile, Audi sales rose 11 percent to 13,201 vehicles in January, running the luxury brand’s streak of monthly year-over-year sales increases to 73 months.
VW said sales of its Golf Sportwagen nearly tripled in January, rising to 2,047 nationwide, while Tiguan sales rose 39 percent. Sales of the Passat also rose sharply in January.
VW’s sales are seeing some benefit from the ongoing buyback of its diesel powered vehicles. Through January, Volkswagen of America had repurchased about 96,000 turbodiesels, a spokeswoman said. Michael DiFeo, chairman of the VW National Dealer Council, said last week that at his store, about 19 percent of customers coming in for their buyback appointment are purchasing another Volkswagen-brand vehicle.
At Audi, crossovers and its smaller sedans pushed U.S. sales to a record level for the month of January, the brand said, including a 22 percent increase in crossover sales.
Sales of the Q5 crossover climbed 35 percent, while the smaller Q3 crossover’s sales rose 31 percent in January. Sales of the Audi Allroad rose by 49 percent.
On Audi’s car side, sales of the A4 climbed by 31 percent, while sales of the larger A6 rose 20 percent in January, offsetting declines from the A3, A5, A7 and A8.