This is the year VW has been waiting for.
Volkswagen's sales have been on the rise since 2018, as the German automaker has put Dieselgate far behind it. New SUV models have helped bolster the company's sales figures and should eventually account for 50% of all sales. As automakers start to report their sales for May, VW's success doesn't seem to be slowing down.
VW reported 35,702 units sold in May 2019, which is an increase of 14%. With nearly half of the year now in the books, VW is sitting at 152,883 units sold (an increase of 6.2% compared to 2018). This has been the company's best May since 2013 and three models have clearly contributed to the success.
Of the 35,702 sales, 18,979 (or 53%) were SUVs. Both the Tiguan and Atlas are selling well, with the Atlas enjoying its best sales month ever with 8,273 units, an increase of 111% and 30,302 units year-to-date, an increase of 24%. The Tiguan faired even better with 10,687 units sold in May, an increase of 25% and 47,459 year-to-date, also an increase of 25%.
Sedans aren't dead yet because the Jetta still sold 9,653 units in May and 40,487 year-to-date, increases of 42% and 57% respectively. The Jetta has drastically outsold its hatchback counterpart, the Golf, which has only sold 3,019 units in all of 2019. It's no wonder why the eight-generation Golf likely won't come to the US.
May was also a great month for VW's certified pre-owned program. VW sold 10,227 CPO cars in May, which is an increase of 19% compared to 2018. Year-to-date, VW has moved 45,425 CPO vehicles, which is an increase of 20% compared to 2018. VW is on the right path to increase its market share in the US but sales should accelerate drastically once the company's electric ID models go on sale. The company currently maintains a 1.9% market share in the US but is aiming to hit 5% towards the latter half of the next decade.