VW Group (VW, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat) expanded market shares and volume in most regions. Sales rose in Europe 3.9% (4,552,800) but fell in North America -0.5%. While U.S. deliveries increased 2.5% (654,200), they were offset by declines in Canada and Mexico. Chinese sales were 4,233,600 (+0.6%). VW’s electric vehicle sales rallied 80% (140,000).
German prosecutors charged six unnamed VW employees of fraud and tax evasion due to their roles in the firm’s emissions cheating. All charged were below management board level says prosecutor Klaus Ziehe. Three executives are accused as perpetrators, while the other three aided cheating by developing emissions skirting software. Prosecutors have now charged 11 people and are investigating another 32.
VWoA says the front-wheel-drive Atlas Cross Sport’s MSRP starts at $31,565, which includes destination. This coupe-like five-seater sports bolder styling and new driver assistance features. A 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 276-hp V6 is available. VW offers 4Motion all-wheel-drive with either mill–$33,465 for starters. Eight trims are available. A V6 SEL Premium R-Line Cross Sport hits $50,000. Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor are standard.