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VW leaves dieselgate in rearview mirror, sees record global sales in 2017

Global sales rose 4.2% to 6.2 mn, with sales in China jumping 5.9% to 3.2 mn, more than half the total sold globally

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has said that its namesake brand sold more vehicles worldwide in 2017 than ever before, a sign it is recovering from a bruising emissions-cheating scandal three years ago.

"We finished 2017 with the best performance ever for Volkswagen," Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the passenger cars brand, said Sunday night at the Auto Show.

Global sales rose 4.2 per cent to 6.2 million, with sales in China jumping 5.9 per cent to 3.2 million, more than half the total sold globally.

Other countries with strong gains in terms of percentages included the United States, Russia, and Brazil, although all of these countries are much smaller markets for VW than China.

Diess reiterated VW's apology over the "dieselgate" scandal that has cost it billions of dollars in settlements and government probes.

VW released the figures ahead of the launch of an updated version of the Jetta, its top-selling vehicle in the US. The base price of $18,545 won especially loud applause at a glitzy launch Sunday night.

The is among just a handful of sedans being launched at the 2018 show, which is dominated by pickup trucks and other large vehicles that have been outselling smaller cars in recent years in the US.

"As a full-line automaker family oriented, you need to have a competitive strong sedan," VW North American chief executive Hinrich Woebcken told reporters after the launch.

First Published: Mon, January 15 2018. 13:09 IST