Rising Golf Sales Help VW to a 9% Sales Increase in November

Volkswagen USA’s November sales have risen again thanks to the same usual suspects: the Tiguan and the Atlas. But November’s sales were, unusually, helped by the Golf Family, whose sales rose 11% as compared to November 2018.

The gains came thanks to each Golf variant, except the GTI whose sales fell 27%. Sales of the Golf rose 6%, the SportWagen by 19%, the e-Golf by 59%, and the Golf R of which an impressive 356 sold in November, accounting for a sales increase of more than 200%.

Still, the total sales of the Golf family only totaled less than 3,000 units. It wasn’t exclusively good news for sedan-lovers, though. Sales of the Passat were down 89% and sales of the Jetta were down 2.6%.

Although sales of the Jetta dipped, it still outsold the Golf handily with a total of nearly 9,000 units moved. That’s enough to make it the best-selling vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup for November—maybe this is the revolt against SUVs that Scott Keogh was talking about.

Still, while sales of the Atlas and the Tiguan didn’t beat the Jetta’s sale along, together they beat all of VW’s cars’ sales.

Volkswagen moved 8,400 Tiguans and 7,700 Atlases last month. Counted together, SUV sales are up 30% as compared to November 2018. Car sales, meanwhile, are down nearly 10%.

All tallied, that adds up to 29,000 sales in November, up 9.1% over last year. For the year-to-date, sales are up a total of 4.2%.