As the product lineup at Volkswagen has gotten more popular in recent years, apparently so have its dealerships. According to Automotive News, not only has the interest in owning a VW franchise gone up in the last few years, it has done so by some of the larger dealer groups in the country.

Companies such as AutoNation and Penske Automotive are now VW franchisees, which the report attributes to the brand's impressive sales growth as well as its future growth plans. So far this year, VW has sold 323,089 cars, marking a 37-percent increase over last year and making Volkswagen the second-fastest growing brand in the US by volume after Chrysler. Projected sales totals for 2012 are currently 430,000 units which is almost half of the 800,000 annual sales that VW hopes to accomplish by 2018.

Currently, VW has 607 dealers in the US, but it hopes to cautiously grow that number over the next few years by around 10 to 15 dealers per year as sales continue to increase. Galpin Motors – the best-selling Ford dealer in the US – was awarded a franchise last year, and in September, it had the second-highest sales of any VW dealer in the country.


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      Pedro Mace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Projected sales totals for 2012 are currently 430,000 units which is almost half of the 800,000 annual sales that VW hopes to accomplish by 2018 Im sorry.... Almost half??? Hahaha go maths!
      Slartibartfast
      • 2 Years Ago
      We're on our 3rd GTI (over the years) and I have to say that VW of America has a lot of work to do to improve existing US dealerships. First, the dealers constantly bitch about how terrible VWOA is to work with and tells them nothing. Next, the VW purchase and ownership experience is the worst...buy a very long shot...of the seven or so other brands I've owned. They treat the customers like they hate them and their cars.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, between a boring, appliance maker from Japan but with reliable, long-lasting cars and a washed-up, wanna-be German crap car maker that only made good cars 40 years ago... I'd rather take a Toyota.
      Pedro Mace
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is by far the company I admire the most. Honestly think every company they own makes no bad cars, and most or class leading IMO, specially in terms of quality and design.
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pedro Mace
        I personally can't wait to hear your opinions after VW collapses from over-expansion and Dr. Piech's self-inflated ego.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pedro Mace
        Did VW pay you to say that? They do have some great cars, but also some terrible cars over the last 10 years.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pedro Mace
        VW has no bad cars in their line up? How about VW itself? They are rock bottom in reliability ratings and are more expensive to fix than their more reliable rivals. Yes, some VWs are good like the GTI and TDI models, but many VW cars are just inferior to the competition. Their heyday were the 70's. And each of VW's brands can be bested by a rival's car. Yes, even the Veyron now.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Ok Trolly, The VW CC - a poor man's CLS wannabe mixed with horrid reliability. The VW New Beetle - consistently included on lists as WORST USED CARS The VW Phaeton - the pathetically overpriced luxury car wannabe, completely redundant by VW's luxury line: Audi. Commonly lambasted by auto critics as dumb. The VW Jetta - Unreliable girl car. Inferior quality of the plastics. Don't see many past 150,000 miles. Only got cheaper and worse with redesign. The VW Passat - Bigger Jetta with same problems. The VW Touareg - Once again, unreliable VW. (This SUV actually brought down Porsche's overall reliability ratings as it and the Cayenne are related) Not to mention the fact that VW/Audi engines (I think the 4cyl. turbos) have oil sludge problems. What's VW's answer? Require all their engines to use synthetic! Instead of fixing the problem via engineering, they blame the oil and is the only non luxury/sports car maker that demands synthetic oil used in all their cars. Pathetic. So, there you go. I'd like to another manufacturer with all of these problems concurrently applied to their line up and recent products.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is rather puzzling. VW sucks out the refined fit and finish and puts in the toyota level interior, goes back to torsion beam rear end, dumbs down the product line compared to other region of the world. Just like toyota. Maybe VW thinks we're dumb. In reality it's not just VW but all manufacturers, They all strip their cars for north america and it seems everywhere else in the world gets more model and feature selection.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        mr.vw VW's main goal now is to become the world's #1 car corporation. They are trying to beat out Toyota and GM in worldwide sales. VW does well in Europe and China so the last major market with $ is the US. To accomplish their global domination goal, they had to offer their cars for cheaper. They hence lowered the quality of their line up for cheaper prices to spur sales . They are no longer interested in being what VW was before. They just want to beat out Toyota and GM to be global sales king. The problem is that VW has had shoddy reliability all along. Many talk of "quality" in a VW like the feel of materials and fit and finish. Yes, VW has done well with that, especially compared to non-luxury rivals. But just because a car is nice inside and buttons feel good, it does not mean its going to work well, especially over time. That's where reliability comes in. Yes, a VW New Beetle is way nicer than a Yaris, but the Yaris works reliably. It's actually one of the most reliable cars you can buy. Quality does not equal reliability or longevity. VW needs HUGE improvements on reliability and longevity. Today, I saw the first Passat in several years that was over 15 years old. I see 15 year old or older Toyota Camry's every single freaking day. You may argue it's because Camrys are more popular. Yes, that is true. But I will counter-argue that they are more popular because they last longer.
          mr.vw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Are you baked man!? That was an essay you wrote! Hey my wife has 09 corolla, every times it freezes the windshield washer stops... Despite the Japanese cars relentless reliability or simplicity, there's inherent flaws and corners cut. Sadly majority of north americans don't recognize this... I think VW is catching on and starting to profit from this idealism. after reading your plug i realized you haven't tracked any of these cars. I mean balls to walls 10/10th's...side by side track time or testing ;) As much as I dislike the new jetta it killed the previous generation civic and corolla around the corners in stock form.
          mr.vw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          I hear your mechanical frustrations. For some of us it's about the drive, fit & finish and not the reliablity stats. Just a little secret always buy VW with a stick, NEVER auto!! So VW's reliability is questionable or is it planned? I'm not sure of the validity VW did acknowledge it. However, the info raises few questions. The info first popped up on on the web and then facebook. Check out some of the comments: Google: Double WOBber http://www.facebook.com/messages/conversation-id.482411001790564 basicly factory planned defects to make money off parts. I don't know fact or fiction however vw acknowlegde it. I was thinking what if all the car manufactures are guilty in someways or forms.
          mr.vw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Wrong Facebook link try this one: http://www.facebook.com/VolkswagenDE/posts/544466692246753
        Trolly McGillicutty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        It's not puzzling at all when you go back to older VW models and see how well they reviewed and sold. People (including reviewers) don't care about a car's quality, as long as it has a VW badge they expect it to have a low MSRP and they can't comprehend why someone would pay 10,000$ more for an R32 instead of a Mazda 3. One word. Phaeton.
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently there are a lot of people that like crap cars. Hence, VW's success.
      L1011
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought my first VW two weeks ago, a '12 Golf TDI. I absolutely love this car. It's well built, drives great, quiet, and feels solid. All that plus predicted great reliability (per Consumer Reports) and a diesel engine = loving it!
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess bland is the New Black and apparently it sells. VW and Toyota will be fighting hard to outbland each other with transportation appliances in the near future I guess.
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      **** off autoblog
      Steven W. Diffy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any of you people took the time to sit in the new Beetle? The thing is nice folks.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice appliances. Just wish they would last longer.
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is this happening when most new Volkswagen designs are so plain?
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Mille
        It worked for Toyota, now VW is trying the same and it works, people must like plain designs.
        Pedro Mace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Mille
        Of course simple can also be ugly, but not when it is done with elegance. That is why i prefer for example the 12c to the 458, or the vanquish to the f12, or even the jetta to the elantra.
        Pedro Mace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Mille
        True beauty is in simplisity. Always was always will be.
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