Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees U.S. sales fall in January
A worker checks the Volkswagen sign on a Golf car in Zwickau, eastern Germany, Sept. 6, 2015. (AP / Jens Meyer)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 12, 2016 9:28AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 12, 2016 1:46PM EST
FRANKFURT -- Automaker Volkswagen says global sales rose 3.7 per cent in January, held back by sagging economies in Brazil and Russia and by an emissions scandal that hurt figures in the United States.
The company said Friday it sold 847,000 vehicles worldwide, up from 817,000 in the same month a year earlier.
The Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker saw strong gains in China, where sales rose 14 per cent, and more moderate increases in Western Europe. Sales plunged in Russia and Brazil, where the economies are struggling.
Sales fell 7 per cent in the United States, where the company had to halt sales of several models due to a scandal over cars that were equipped to cheat on emissions tests.
The figures are for all the company's brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Bentley.