China sales of Volkswagen brand passenger vehicles rose nearly 13 percent to 852,800 units in the first six months of 2011, as VW retained its status as China's top-selling brand.
VW outperformed the market. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, industry sales of light vehicles in China totaled 9.3 million units in the first six months, up 3.4 percent from the year-earlier period.
The German automaker sold 138,600 VW brand autos in China in June. VW did not provide year-earlier figures.
This year, mass-market brands in China have been unable to match the blistering sales pace of 2010, when industry sales of passenger vehicles jumped 37 percent.
Auto sales declined in April and May after the Chinese government ended its scrappage incentives and tax breaks for small vehicles in January. Industry sales of passenger car sales began to recover in June, although demand for light commercial trucks remains weak.