Volkswagen global sales 2.2 per cent lower in November amid scandal

Volkswagen global sales 2.2 per cent lower in November amid scandal
Hans Dieter Poetsch, chairman of the board of directors of Volkswagen, left, and Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen, right, pose for the media prior to a press conference of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP / Michael Sohn)

Published Friday, December 11, 2015 9:52AM EST

BERLIN -- Volkswagen said Friday that its global sales were 2.2 per cent lower in November than a year earlier, with increases in western European and Chinese deliveries helping cushion the impact of steep drops in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The German automaker, whose brands include Audi, Porsche and Seat as well as the core Volkswagen marque, has been hit by fallout from the diesel emissions-cheating scandal that erupted in mid-September in the U.S. and then spread worldwide.

The company said it delivered 833,700 vehicles worldwide last month, down from 852,900 in November 2014.

Unlike in the U.S., there has been no confirmation Volkswagen cheated on European emissions tests. It will nevertheless recall some 8.5 million cars across the region to fix their emissions systems.

For the year s first 11 months, group deliveries fell 1.7 per cent to nearly 9.1 million from the previous year s 9.26 million.

The company didn t give a breakdown for sales of vehicles with diesel and gasoline engines.

CEO Matthias Mueller acknowledged that "the Volkswagen Group and its brands are currently experiencing challenging times."

"At the same time, we are pleased that our customers are remaining loyal to us, especially in this situation, and continue to place their trust in us," he said in a statement.

The core Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand saw deliveries drop 2.4 per cent to 496,100 vehicles in November, while January-November sales were down 4.5 per cent to some 5.34 million. The brand delivered 6.12 million cars in total last year.

VW brand sales executive Juergen Stackmann noted the drop through November and said: "in view of the situation of the brand, which is currently challenging, I do not expect that we will be able to compensate for this fall in the remaining days of the year."
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