VW closed 2020 with a modest sales surge—beating overall industry trends likely due to demand for its SUVs. VW of America says its 2020 U.S. sales were 325,784 (-10%). While full-year sales were off, VW reports an uptick in deliveries during the fourth quarter and December. The respective numbers are 94,330 (+11%) and 38,422 (+38%)—the best Q4 since 2014; the best December since 2012.
VW’s top selling 2020 models were SUVs: Tiguan (100,687) and Atlas family (87,362). Jetta sedan sales were 82,662.
e-Golf Production Ends
Dec. 24, 2020: The e-Golf’s chapter as VW’s first major move into battery electric vehicles ended last month. The final one built rolled off the assembly line just before Christmas. Since 2014, VW built 145,561 of them at its Dresden factory. The e-Golf, despite its modest range, proved an EV favorite in Europe.
Canceling the e-Golf is a gift of sorts. It lets VW retool the Dresden facility to build its MEB long-range BEVs such as the ID.3