It's taken six years, but Volkswagen of America Inc. finally appears strong enough to stop worrying about whether it will survive in North America and, instead, shift its attention on how to sustain growth. Certainly the success of the Beetle has helped ease VW executives' nerves — the company projects Beetle sales between March 1998 and March 1999 in the U.S. and Canada to finish at about 85,400 units. But sales of the Passat, new Jetta and Golf have given the German automaker a solid ...

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