Herndon (dpa) - Volkswagen's hit series on the US market is over for the time being. In September, sales on the key overseas market slumped 12 percent year-on-year to 26,947 VW-branded cars, the company said at its US headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.
Especially in the high-volume Jetta, but also in the Gulf, there were strong declines. However, Volkswagens SUVs remain in demand, with sales of 15 percent in the SUV segment thanks to strong Atlas sales. In the current annual balance sheet, September looks like a slip-up - after nine months, an overall increase in sales of 4.5 percent to book. With this, VW continues to do well after the slump in the course of the exhaust scandal.
Other manufacturers had a hard time in September, which had two sales days less than last year. In VW's luxury-class subsidiary Audi, sales plunged by 17 percent to 16,130 new cars, since the beginning of the year they dropped by 5.3 percent. The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which also belongs to the VW Group, increased its sales last month by 2.2 percent to 5213 vehicles.
Volkswagen's arch-rival Toyota lost nearly 17 percent fewer cars to its US clientele, and Nissan, Honda and Hyundai also suffered severe setbacks. Among the winners was Daimler, where Mercedes-Benz sales increased by almost five percent to 27 433 new cars. Nevertheless, there will be a slight decline of 0.5 percent over the course of the year. BMW rose in September across the Group by six percent to 27 467 pieces, the previous year's balance sheet shows an increase of 3.3 percent.
Even if not all manufacturers have submitted their figures, it is already clear that the past month was not very pleasing for the US auto industry. According to a preliminary estimate of the trade journal "Automotive News" sales fell by almost 13 percent in the industry. But there are still missing the results of the only quarterly reporting US market leaders General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. They are expected for Wednesday.
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