MUNICH -- Volkswagen said sales of its core VW passenger-car brand slipped 0.4 percent in October to 517,400 vehicles, weighed down by declines in the Latin America and Russia.
Ten-month VW brand deliveries rose 3 percent to a record 5.08 million cars, VW said today in a statement.
VW sales and marketing chief Christian Klingler blamed the decline on volatile markets.
Russia and Brazil are among key markets where vehicle sales for most automakers are slumping.
In the U.S., VW brand sales rose 10 percent to 27,932 in October. However, they are down 12 percent for the year.
Klingler said the European launch of the new Passat in the coming weeks will help to keep the brand on course to increase vehicle sales to more than 6 million by the end of the year.
Volkswagen's Czech unit Skoda said on Monday that its vehicle sales grew by 9 percent to 91,000 cars in October, the best result for that month in the brand's history.
Reuters contributed to this report