VW sales rally af­ter 2015 scan­dal

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - MOTORING -

Volkswagen brand sales in the US climbed 24 per­cent in Novem­ber, the first gain in more than a year, as Europe’s big­gest au­tomaker emerged from a sales slump trig­gered by the emis­sions-cheating scan­dal re­vealed in Septem­ber 2015.

The brand sold 29,672 ve­hi­cles in Novem­ber, com­pared with 23,882 a year ear­lier. It was the first monthly in­crease since Oc­to­ber 2015.

An­a­lysts had pre­dicted deep dis­counts and pro­mo­tions would help Volkswagen halt its year­long sales de­cline in the US. The Ger­man au­tomaker agreed to pay an in­dus­try-record $16.5 bil­lion in civil lit­i­ga­tion fines in the US af­ter ad­mit­ting last year that its diesel mod­els were out­fit­ted with a “de­feat device” that fil­tered ex­haust only when cars were be­ing tested.

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