CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Volkswagen is marking its best U.S. sales year since 1973, led by its redesigned Chattanooga-made Passat, a revamped Beetle and the high-volume Jetta, officials said Tuesday.

The last year VW's American sales were this strong Richard Nixon was president, a George Steinbrenner group bought the New York Yankees for $10 million and FedEx began operations in Memphis.

VW's sales overall in the U.S. rose 34.2 percent in June over the same period last year to 38,170 vehicles. For the first six months, VW of America reported total sales were up 35.4 percent over last year to 208,725.

Frank Trivieri, vice president of sales for VW of America, said a lot of positives exist in the market.

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