By on June 12, 2009

The worldwide car market contracted in the first five months of 2009 by about 20 percent. And what did VW do? Last month, all brands of Volkswagen actually edged out a little growth, 1.5 percent over May 2008. The core VW brand increased 10.2 percent in May, says Automobilwoche [sub]. For the first five months, all VW brands were down 7 percent worldwide, way above the -20 percent world average. Why? VW is strong, and they are strong in strong markets such as China (+ 45.2 percent), Germany (+36 percent) and Brazil (+4 percent). In the US, VeeDub can only do better. Their market share in the U.S.A. was an anemic 2.1 percent in May.

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11 Comments on “VeeDub Defeats Doom...”


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    Jeff Puthuff

    I could make a bad joke in poor taste (re: the pic), but I’ll refrain. This time.

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    You mean the dildo in the rear?

  • avatar
    Jeff Puthuff

    Carradine + Auto Erotic. That’s all I’ll say.

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    You are a bad boy.

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    I tell you what if that rocket is not false i bet it would fly!

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    montgomery burns

    Interesting. A car company partially owned by a government, unionized and with *egads* half the board seats occupied by worker representatives, doing (relatively) well in this climate.

    Wonder if there could be anything we here in the US could learn from this? Naw.

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    superbadd75

    VW has some appealing cars, but their quality record in the past decade has been less than stellar. If I felt better about the build quality and reliability of their products, I’d consider buying a VW. I really wanted to like the GTI before I bought my current ride, but thoughts of it spending days at a time in the shop kept me from pulling the trigger on one.

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    psarhjinian

    Wonder if there could be anything we here in the US could learn from this? Naw.

    Well, if VW learned something, it’s that years and years of completely failing to sell cars in North America actually did have a bright side because, when everyone else’s sales in North America collapsed, theirs had nowhere to go.

    Of course, it’s like saying having your leg amputated saves you the pain of stubbing your toe.

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    jmo

    I really wanted to like the GTI before I bought my current ride, but thoughts of it spending days at a time in the shop kept me from pulling the trigger on one.

    Days in the shop?

    VW is 2.5 problems per vehicle. Toyota is 1.6 Honda is 1.7. So, it’s 2 days in the shop vs. 3 days in the shop. It’s not the end of the world.

    Land Rover…. 3.4.

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    "scarey"

    To: Universal Export, London, UK
    Attn: Dept.M- sighted missing package. Will attempt to secure and return to warehouse. Shipment of sauerkraut was damaged beyond repair. Sales trip otherwise successful. Will return to office ASAP.
    -Bond

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    krhodes1

    I don’t get it. I’ve owned four VWs. Over several hundred thousand miles total. Lots of friends have owned lots of VWs. Vintages 84 to 09. NONE have been anything less than delightful. Good to drive, well built, reliable. Not a horror story in the bunch, probably 20+ cars alltogether.

    Maybe Northern New England gets “special” VWs? All the good ones get sent here, the rest of the country gets the bad ones? One of my local dealers is indeed a pack of thieves, but the other one is fantastic. But you know what? Nearly ALL car dealers suck!

    As someone pointed out above, the difference between the most reliable car and the least reliable is minimal.

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