Reports of the passenger car's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Volkswagen of America has released its 2019 sales results, and it's good news all round. The 2019 report shows the third year of growth for Volkswagen, and that its SUV sales have grown stronger. However, tucked away in the data are a few pleasant surprises. We'll get the unpleasant news out of the way first as both the Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI have dropped in their year-over-year sales by 15 percent and 30 percent, respectively. However, some Volkswagen passenger cars have seen an increase in year over year sales, and one is particularly surprising.
Sales of the hardcore VW Golf R has increased by 22 % year-over-year. At the same time, in its final calendar year before being replaced by dedicated electric vehicles, sales of the VW e-Golf has seen a massive increase of 259 percent. On top of that, sales of the Volkswagen Jetta have risen by 11 percent. It appears that, for Volkswagen anyway, that when people opt for a passenger car, they either want as much performance as possible or they want the best all-round sedan Volkswagen offers. Sales of the Passat, who's 2020 refresh is uninspiring, to say the least, is down by 66 percent. However, it remains the best selling mid-size sedan on the planet.
The biggest surprise comes from the Volkswagen Beetle. While production has ended, the convertible Beetle saw a massive hike in sales of 65 percent. Volkswagen hasn't given a reason for it, but we assume that it's down to the fact that we are now in the last chance period for people to buy a new Beetle.
Unfortunately, for those waiting for the wagon comeback, the Jetta SportWagen (now the Golf SportWagen) dropped in sales by 22 percent.