Volkswagen, Audi Pace European Automakers' Sales in July

By Trevor Dorchies | August 02, 2012
Volkswagen and Audi had a July for the record books as both German automakers, both owned by the same parent company, set new high marks in the United States. Pacing VW's sales was the Passat, which moved 9,007 units and contributed to a total of 37,014 units sold across the board, a Volkswagen best for July since 1973. For the month, Volkswagen sales were up 27.3 percent when compared to the same month last year. As for Audi, the usual suspects -- the A4, the A5, and the Q5 -- all contributed to a record-setting July with 11,707 units moved, up 28 percent from July 2011. BMW had a solid July, moving 21,297 units for the month but was down 0.5 percent. Leading the way was the 5 Series, up 32 percent with 5,700 units sold; the 6 Series, up 50.5 percent with 843 units sold; and rounding out the top three was the 7 Series with 1,696 units sold. Mercedes-Benz was right behind its arch-nemesis in moving 19,311 units. The C-, E-, and GL-Class paved the way (in that order), combining for 13,246 units sold, respectively. Mercedes-Benz was up 1.6 percent in July but broke a record for most cars sold year-to-date with 147,905 units. Check out an extended breakdown of Europe's major automakers faired for July 2012 below.
Audi's winners
  • The A4, Audi's best-selling vehicle, led the way in sales figures with 3,449 units sold last month. The A4 out-performed every other model in Audi's portfolio last month with an increase of 51.7 percent.
  • Following relatively close behind the A4 was the two-door A5, moving 1,732 units last month. That's good for a 31.9 percent increase over the same time last year.
  • Rounding out the top three in sales for AudiĀ  was the Q5 crossover. Last month, 2,090 units were moved which is a 10 percent increase when compared with July of 2011.
Audi's losers
  • No real surprise here, but the R8 supercar "only" found 55 new homes last month, down 32.9 percent when compared to the same time last year.
  • The full-sized A7 also saw sales tumble in July with 578 units moved, an 18.5 percent decrease when matched up against July 2011.
BMW's winners
  • The 3 Series was once again the volume leader for BMW with 7,653 units sold last month. Still, BMW saw sales figures drop 11.4 percent compared to July 2011.
  • The 5 Series was right behind with 5,700 units sold, a 32 percent increase.
  • BMW's largest sedan, the 7 Series, had a healthy July moving 1,696 units. That's good for a 158.9 percent increase.
BMW's losers
  • The X5 didn't fair to well in July with sales slipping 31.4 percent.
  • Same tune for the X6, it too saw sales figures slide in July with a decrease of 55.4 percent, respectively.
Mercedes-Benz's winners
  • The usual suspects paced Mercedes-Benz in July. The C-Class led the German automaker through July with 5,663 units sold, good for a 24.4 percent increase when compared to the same time last year.
  • Taking a step up, the E-Class also had a busy July with 5,089 units sold, which saw a miniscule decrease of 0.5 percent.
  • The third best-seller for Mercedes-Benz in terms of volume was the full-sized GL-Class SUV. In July, 2,494 units were moved which is a 32 percent increase over the same time last year.
Mercedes-Benz's losers
  • The M-Class saw sales drop 35.6 percent to 1,790 units.
  • The SLS AMG also had trouble finding new homes with only 59 units sold.
  • The CL-Class was quiet in July moving 39 units.
Porsche's winners
  • Both the Boxster and Cayman had a better July than last year, moving 373 units, respectively.
  • Porsche's flagship vehicle, the 911, created the most space from the same period last year moving 684 units in July 2012, compared to 480 during the same time period last year.
Porsche's losers
  • While it was Porsche's leader in terms of volume, the Cayenne saw a decrease when compared to July 2011 with 1,119 units moved last month. During July 2011, the Cayenne found 1,342 new homes.
Volkswagen's winners
  • The king of July sales for Europe, Volkswagen had its best July since the original Beetle and the Microbus were being produced. The Jetta continued to be VW's leader in volume with 11,666 moved in July, but that was still a decrease of 12.8 percent when compared to the same time last year.
  • Passat enjoyed its best July on record with 9,007 units sold, good for a 661.4 percent increase.
  • Both the Tiguan and Touareg enjoyed July as well, moving 2,966 and 740 units, respectively. The Tiguan saw a sales increase of 26.2 percent while the Touareg saw a sales increase of 41.8 percent.
Volkswagen's losers
  • Routan sales fell the farthest in July for Volkswagen with 1,094 units moved, a 31.9 percent decrease when compared to the same time last year.
  • Eos saw its sales cut more than in half with 533 units moved last month. That's good for a 53.8 percent decrease when compared to the 1,153 units moved during July 2011.
  • The Jetta SportWagen also saw a decrease in sales of 15.8 percent with 1,963 units moved. Last July, 2,330 units found new homes.
Sources: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen