Volkswagen leaders continue to report strong sales figures-the company had its best September since 1972, with36,663 units sold.

That’s a 34.4 percent increase over prior year sales and a 37.2 percent increase year-to-date.

“Tracking over a 37 percent increase year-to-date is a strong proof point that our products are on more shopping lists and gaining acceptance in the market,” Jonathan Browning, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., said in a prepared statement. “As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, we expect to continue our pattern of outperforming the industry.”

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Edmunds.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs said that VW had strong sales of the Golf, Beetle, Tiguan andTouareg.

The locally produced Passat had a “good month” but sold less than 10,000 cars in September.

“So, that’s worth monitoring to see if it’s an aberration of the start of a trend,” she said via email.

Dealers sold 9,500 Passats in September.

The Jetta sedan is the volume leader for Volkswagen, with sales totaling 12,584, while Jetta SportWagen sales totaled 2,166.

The Beetle sold 2,622 units, while the Beetle TDI sold 167 units.

Officials sold 3,250Golf units.

The Tiguan sold 2,202 units, which is the best September ever for that vehicle.

The Volkswagen Touareg sold 828 units. That’s a 26.2 percent increase.

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