Sydney, Friday June 3, 2016: Volkswagen remained the prime choice for private buyers in May, thanks largely to its class-leading hatchback and ute ranges.
The Golf hatch and wagon, recipient of major international and Australian awards including World Car of the Year and the premium offering in the small car segement, found 1753 buyers with a further 85 for the Alltrack version.
Unlike some competitors, the iconic Golf is not offloaded to fleets.
Of the 810 Amarok utes sold last month, 40 per cent of buyers opted for the top level Highline, which starts at $52,990.
In all, 4565 new Volkswagens were sold in May.
“Discerning buyers spending their own money continue to spend it on Volkswagens, ” Volkswagen Australia managing director Michael Bartsch said.
While Volkswagen’s core models continued to sell well, limited supply of the outgoing first generation Tiguan SUV curtailed the brand’s overall volume.
Mr Bartsch said this shortfall will be remedied in September with the arrival of the wholly reinvented Tiguan
“The new Tiguan is a game changer,” he said.
“It is substantially bigger, yet lighter. It is more powerful, yet more fuel efficient.
“The new Tiguan’s level of luxury and standard technology bear comparison to prestige marques but will, of course, offer outstanding value for money.”
Mr Bartsch said Volkswagen’s new model roll-out would continue apace next week with the European launch of a new Amarok – the only vehicle of its type with a V6 diesel.
Next month sees a 40th Anniversary edition of the class leading hot hatch Golf GTI. In September an enhanced Passat range is headlined by a 206kW turbo petrol variant.
“The best advertisement for Volkswagen is its products – both current and coming,” Mr Bartsch said.