Deliveries at the 12-brand group, including luxury division Audi
and sports-car maker Porsche, climbed 3.7 percent to 847,800 in
January, Volkswagen said on Friday.
In December, sales had dropped 5.2 percent, 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 U.S. diesel emissions tests and up to around 11 million
vehicles worldwide could have illegal software installed.
January group deliveries in China were up 15.4 percent, and
sales in Europe were up 1.8 percent. In all other regions,
deliveries fell, with the biggest declines seen in Russia and
Brazil, at 29.5 percent and 38.8 percent respectively.
Deliveries of VW-branded vehicles were up 2.8 percent at 521,400
around the world, driven by a 15.4 percent 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
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Christoph Steitz and
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