VW brand sales rise 2% in February on Europe rebound

VW says demand for the Tiguan has helped boost sales this year.
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FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group increased global sales last month at its core VW passenger-car brand by 2 percent to 407,600, boosted by a revival in European volume and strong demand for the Golf and SUV models.

The figure compares with 401,400 vehicles sold in February last year.

"Even though the situation in some markets was at times difficult, the Volkswagen passenger-cars brand continued to develop well … there was high demand in particular for the Up, Golf and Golf wagon as well as the Touran and Tiguan," VW sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the first two months, VW brand sales rose 3 percent to 923,100.

VW's European sales grew by 6 percent through February to 245,200 while in western Europe, excluding Germany, deliveries rose 8 percent in the same period to 124,800, with sales in VW's home market rising 5 percent to 80,600.

Sales in China increased by 12 percent to 437,700 vehicles, while deliveries in the United States fell 16 percent to 50,600 in the first two months.

Reuters contributed to this report

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