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Volkswagen group sales return to growth in January

first_imgVolkswagen group sales returned to growth in January thanks to demand in China, where core brand VW posted its best month ever despite the furore over the German carmaker’s cheating of US diesel emissions tests.Deliveries at the 12-brand group, including luxury division Audi and sports-car maker Porsche, climbed 3.7 per cent to 847,800 in January, Volkswagen said on Friday.ALSO READ:21st Century Volkswagen Beetle has grown out of its hippie lifestyleIn December, sales had dropped 5.2 per cent, contributing to the first decline in full-year sales since 2002.Volkswagen sales growth turned negative for the first time in at least four and a half years in April 2015, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the shock ousting of long-time Chairman Ferdinand Piech.The situation worsened after VW admitted in September it had rigged US diesel emissions tests and up to around 11 million vehicles worldwide could have illegal software installed.ALSO READ:Volkswagen launches updated versions of Polo, Vento ahead of Auto Expo 2016January group deliveries in China were up 15.4 per cent, and sales in Europe were up 1.8 per cent. In all other regions, deliveries fell, with the biggest declines seen in Russia and Brazil, at 29.5 per cent and 38.8 per cent respectively.Deliveries of VW-branded vehicles were up 2.8 per cent at 521,400 around the world, driven by a 15.4 per cent jump in China.Earlier this month, Volkswagen postponed publication of its 2015 financial results and delayed its annual shareholders’ meeting while it struggles to put an exact price on the emissions scandal.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo unveiled, to be showcased at Auto Expo 2016last_img read more

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