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Volkswagen of America October sales up 17.9%

All-new Jetta jetts off to a "promising start"

Volkswagen of America has reported 17.9% increase in October 2010 against prior year sales for its entire line of vehicles.

The company's all-new Volkswagen Jetta sold 5,464 in its first full month of sales.

In addition to the Jetta, Volkswagen's Routan, Golf and GTI models also had shown increase in sales compared to prior year period.

The Routan sold 1,103 units, an increase of 64.9% from the same month last year, the Golf achieved a 65.7% increase and the GTI witnessed an increase of 58.7% compared with the same period in the prior year.

TDI clean diesel models achieved its second best sales month of the year with 5,093 total sales, or 25% of Volkswagen's total volume, the company said.

Volkswagen of America chief operating officer Mark Barnes said, the company continues to grow sales in all models and products through October.
"It is good to see the all-new Jetta getting off to such a promising start and our TDI products to continue to do well," Barnes said.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.