Volkswagen Tiguan Conquers Its Sales Record
The Volkswagen Tiguan already conquered its best ever sales in Australia just last month, which reflects the continued popularity of medium SUVs.
Medium SUV boom
Based from the VFACTS figures released early December, around 1170 Volkswagen Tiguans were bought last month, which defeated its existing 1107 record that was set in March of 2011. This means that the combined Tiguan range is now ahead of Subaru Forester.
From this number, the 1028 were the more expensive and bigger new generation version released months ago, while some 150 units were of the old stock from the previous car.
The new model’s numbers gave it a market share of 7.6%, though it is behind the Mazda CX-5 at 1956, Nissan X-Trail at 1938, Hyundai Tucson at 1934, Toyota RAV4 at 1593 and the Mitsubishi Outlander at 1205.
This sales result is also great news for Volkswagen given that the range-hero is still to launch by next month. The Tiguan 162TSI priced at $48,490, including on-road costs, makes use of Golf GTI’s turbo engine, with the DSG and 4Motion AWD, matching the 6.5 second 0 – 100 km/h sprint time.
VW Australia is claiming that the demand is “fervent.” Of their 5439 Tiguan configurations created in their website, 1434 were 162TSI.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean orders too, even if more than 50% of these 1055 examples of 162TSI on order are pre-sold, most are fitted with the R-Line styling kit priced at $4000.
Michael Bartsch, the managing director for Volkswagen Australia, claimed that the 162TSI is one of a kind, apart from the performance credentials.
He added that it is a real premium SUV that is priced below the threshold for luxury cars. He said that there is a reason that prestigious brands are dreading it.
The medium SUV market boom is set to get more competitive by next year, especially with new generation Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 coming. And the addition of the re-badged Ford escape that replaces the Kuga.
While the Volkswagen Tiguan is a drawing a lot of eyes to it, people who currently own some previous models can still have theirs serviced at any VW Service in Brisbane. Who knows, they might just look brand new again!