Frankfurt, Germany — German automaker Volkswagen AG says global sales fell 2 percent last year as the company struggled to overcome a scandal over cars rigged to evade diesel emissions testing.
Sales fell to 9.931 million vehicles from 10.14 million the year before. The scandal became known only in late September, so it could only have affected figures in the last months of the year.
Sales plunged 37 percent in Russia and 38 percent in Brazil as those economies struggled, accounting for much of the overall drop.
Deliveries rose 1.2 percent in the U.S. for the full year, though they dipped in December.
The figures announced Friday were for all Volkswagen’s brands, including SEAT and Skoda as well as luxury makes Audi and Porsche. The Volkswagen flagship brand saw sales fall 4.8 percent.
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