Volkswagen brand sales in the U.S. shot up 33 percent in September, thanks in large part to its new pair of three-row crossovers.
Volkswagen said it sold 4,095 units of the new Atlas crossover, which went on sale in spring, and sold 3,075 copies of its redesigned 2018 three-row Tiguan, which debuted in August. Sales of the Golf SportWagen doubled last month, allowing Golf-family sales to climb 24 percent over a year ago. Jetta sales rose sharply in September, climbing 45 percent, while Passat sales fell 27 percent.
Meanwhile, sales for the Audi premium brand rose 9.6 percent last month to 19,308 on strong showings from its Q5 and Q7 crossovers. It was the brand's 81st consecutive month of record sales in the U.S. Strong increases from three models drove the month at Audi. Sales of the A5 sedan more than tripled in September, while Q7 sales rose by 43 percent and Q5 crossover sales rose by 16 percent.