VW/AUDI: VW brand slips amid small-car collapse; Audi up 12%

Volkswagen sales fell 1.6 percent to 29,207 as its new crossover lineup failed to offset a collapse in venerable small sedan and hatchback volume. Audi extended its industry-best sales streak to 97 months, with deliveries rising 12 percent to 19,195 vehicles on strength from the Q5 and Q7 crossovers.

Notable nameplates: Audi Q5 up 31%; Audi A5 up 365%; Audi Q7 up 26%; VW Passat down 51%; VW Golf family down 34%; VW Jetta down 18%; VW Atlas (new), 5,154 sales; 2018 VW Tiguan (redesigned model), 5,221 sales; Total Tiguan sales of 6,947, up 54%.

Incentives (including Porsche): $3,551 per vehicle, down 8.7% from a year earlier, according to ALG.

Average transaction price (including Porsche): $35,254, up 5% from a year earlier, ALG says.

U.S. market share: 3.9% last month vs. 3.8% in Nov. 2016; 3.6% year to date vs. 3.3% year to date through November 2016.

Did you know? Audi actually has two streaks going: a 97-month string of year-over-year monthly sales increases and an 83-month streak of record sales months (i.e., best-ever sales for a particular month or best monthly sales ever).

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