CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) --Sales for Volkswagen's Passat last month in the United States were the highest in nearly six years for the midsize sedan, according to the German automaker.

Ivan Drury, an Edmunds.com analyst, said VW ought to sustain that level of sales for the Chattanooga-made Passat for the remainder of this year and into 2012.

He said he expects sales of the redesigned Passat, made larger for Americans and sold at a sharply lower base price, will follow those of the compact Jetta.

Last year, VW launched an all-new Jetta, also larger and less costly, and sales are up 62 percent so far in 2011, figures show.

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