And other models saw tremendous growth.
Automakers are in the process of announcing their first-quarter sales for 2021, and Volkswagen has an important new entrant on its report. This is the first time the all-electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has appeared after the highly-anticipated model arrived at dealers in mid-March. The ID.4's sales are nothing to shout about yet, but keep in mind that the vehicle hasn't even been on sale for a full month.
VW sold 474 ID.4 units so far in 2021, which is not a terrible start. These numbers should rise with each passing month, but VW would be on track to sell 5,688 units in a full calendar year, even if they don't. For comparison, Ford only managed to sell three Mustang Mach-E units in an extremely abbreviated December 2020, followed by 238 units in January. Sales rose tremendously in February, though, reaching 3,739 units.
Aside from the ID.4's arrival, VW has plenty of other milestones to celebrate so far in 2021. The German automaker posted its best Q1 sales since 2013, spurred by its best-ever quarter for SUVs with 55% growth. This was the best Q1 for both the Atlas family and Tiguan, rising 98% and 23%, respectively. The Atlas moved 19,218 units (a 35% increase), while the smaller Atlas Cross Sport grew more significantly to 11,302 units (a 901% increase).
Though sedan sales are slowing dramatically in the US, the Jetta remains popular, moving 22,714 units in Q1 (a 6.2% increase). The Arteon saw a substantial 39% increase too, though that only amounted to 1,099 units. As for the mid-size Passat, its sales dropped to 4,535 units (a 24% decrease).
We noticed a few odd stats while looking through VW's sales report. For starters, the ID.4 isn't the company's only EV on sale in 2021. Though it already left production, the e-Golf managed to move 22 units in 2021 (a 94% decrease). Golf GTI sales remained fairly low and steady at 2,615 units (a 5.4% decrease), which is understandable since an all-new model is coming this year. Shockingly, the standard Golf managed to improve sales to 1,577 units (a 17% increase), and one person took home a new Golf R in 2021, even though the model was discontinued after the 2019 model year.