February sales of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan fell 11% to 10,398. Year-to-date sales are down 8.3% to 19,487. Overall Volkswagen February sales rose 2.9% to 31,456.
Toprak said Jetta faced difficult year-over-year comparisons. "But Volkswagen's general problem is that they have a strong presence in a lot of metropolitan areas, but they are not that strong in the middle of the country," Toprak said. "In the markets where they do well, they have reached a point where they are hitting the limit of sales.
"To go to the next level, to be the next Hyundai, Volkswagen needs more of a nationwide presence," he said. "It will be an uphill battle."Follow @tedreednc -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Ted Reed