Volkswagen AG (Frankfurt: VOW) announced Tuesday that June U.S. sales rose 34.2 percent. The German car maker reported its best June and first half since its heyday with the VW Bus in 1973.

VW sold 38,170 vehicles in the U.S. in June, a 34.2 percent gain year-over-year which supported sales growth of 35.4 percent for the first half of 2012. VW's leading models were the Jetta, Passat and Golf, which combined accounted for more than two-thirds of the company's June sales.

Volkswagen AG (Frankfurt: VOW) shares 0.45 percent to €118.52 ($149.14) Tuesday.

Volkswagen logo on display at New York International Auto Show
The Volkswagen logo is seen on display at the New York International Auto Show in New York City, April 20, 2011. Photo: REUTERS