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Scandal-hit VW sees sales drop in German market

Volkswagen brand fell 8.2%; part of worldwide drop of 2.7%.

April 15, 2016   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

FRANKFURT ¬— German automaker Volkswagen AG saw sales fall in its home market as it struggles to overcome a scandal over cars that cheated on diesel emissions tests.

Sales figures for the Volkswagen brand fell 8.2% in Germany to 53,400 vehicles. That was part of a worldwide drop of 2.7%.

Sales in China, however, rose by 3.6% to 245,400. They were up 9% in central and Eastern Europe at 18,900.

Volkswagen faces fines, recall costs and civil damages over cars that were rigged to defeat diesel emissions tests in the US and other countries. Up to 11 million cars are affected.

The company has apologized and says it will fix the cars.

The company’s other brands include Audi, Skoda, and SEAT.


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