Despite the ongoing emissions litigation, it appears the brands sales slide is coming to a halt with a turnaround just ahead. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug, 2, 2016 2016 VW e-Golf SE starts at $29,815 incl. the $820 D&H charge and can be picked up through a $199/month lease offer. TrueCar is showing as much as a $5k discount off of retail not including the $7,500 tax credit and $1,500 Calif. state tax credit on the West Coast. That brings the base e-Golf SE into the $16k range brand new after all the incentives if one qualifies. Its EPA estimated range is 83 miles. A 3.6 kW onboard charger is standard while a 480V Level3 DC Fast Charging Package ($1,675) adds a 7.2 kW onboard charger. Charging times? From flat, 20 hours from a Level1 120V outlet, 4 hours from a Level2 240V outlet and if equipped with the DC Fast Charger, flat to 80 percent while on a 50 kW charger in ~ 30 minutes. 2016 VW e-Golf Drivetrain The e-Golf is powered by a 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque synchronous AC motor operating up to a max RPM of 12,000 rpm through a single-speed transmission. Power is stored within the 24.2 kWh Li-Ion pack outputting a voltage of between 250 and 430 volts. It has an EPA estimated range of 83 miles and a 116 MPGe rating, the highest efficiency rating of any compact BEV. Standard aerodynamic 16” alloys fit tightly within the wheel arches while ultra-low rolling resistance 205/55 R16 tires take care of reducing rolling resistance. A radiator shutter and grille, underbody paneling, rear spoiler and C-pillar air vanes give the e-Golf a Coefficient of Drag (Cd) of 0.27. Inside, the e-Golf offers exact same 93.5 and 22.8 cu. ft. of passenger and cargo volume as other Golf hatchback models. 52.7 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded. VW July 2016 Sales Overview VWoA reported July sales of 28,758 vehicles, down 8.1 percent below the 31,300 vehicles sold in July of 2015. YTD sales of 177,772 is down a stiffer 13.6 percent from the 205,742 sold through the same period of 2015. The reason for my optimism is how the monthly sales decline on a percentage basis is less than the YTD decline. VW July 2016 Sales Highlights The Tiguan is the brands real star with sales of 3,379 vehicles in July, up 40.4 percent over the 2,407 sold in July of 2015. It was also the models best July in history. YTD sales of 23,935 are up 48.8 percent over the 16,084 sold through the same period of 2015. What I consider the best short range BEV available today, the e-Golf achieved July sales of 344 vehicles, up 9l.9 percent over the 313 sold in July of 2015. YTD sales of 1,799 is down 1.7 percent below the 1,831 sold through the same period of 2015. Market Share Detail In July, GM and Ford market share were both down a significant 0.5 percent. Honda on the other hand experienced an uptick of 0.4 percent while Hyundai and Kia share were up both 0.2 percent. On a volume basis, July of 2016 US Auto sales of 1.52 million vehicles was up 0.6 percent over July of 2015s 1.51 million vehicles result. 2016 YTD sales of 10.11 million is up 1.0 percent above the 10.01 million vehicles sold through the same period of 2015. U.S. July 2016 Sales vs. July 2015 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM July 2016 Sales Down 1.9% with 267,258 Vehicles Sold Ford July 2016 Sales Down 2.8% with 216,479 Vehicles Sold Toyota July 2016 Sales Down 1.4% with 214,233 Vehicles Sold FCA July 2016 Sales Up 1.3% with 180,727 Vehicles Sold Honda July 2016 Sales Up 4.4% with 152,799 Vehicles Sold Nissan July 2016 Sales Up 1.2% with 132,475 Vehicles Sold Hyundai July 2016 Sales Up 5.6% with 75,003 Vehicles Sold Kia July 2016 Sales Up 6.5% with 59,969 Vehicles Sold Subaru July 2016 Sales Up 3.1% with 52,093 Vehicles Sold Mercedes-Benz July 2016 Sales Up 7.2% with 32,288 Vehicles Sold BMW July 2016 Sales Down 5.0% with 30,551 Vehicles Sold VW July 2016 Sales Down 8.1% with 28,758 Vehicles Sold Mazda July 2016 Sales Up 2.8% with 27,915 Vehicles Sold Audi July 2016 Sales Up 4.0% with 18,364 Vehicles Sold In June, Toyota moved within 2,246 vehicles of overtaking Ford for the 2nd position, Honda overtook Nissan for the 5th spot, Mercedes-Benz overtook BMW for the 10 position, and VW moved ahead of Mazda to occupy the 12th spot. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in July was 17.9 million vehicles. On a YTD sales basis, light-vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million vehicles.