FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group's mass-market brands VW, Skoda and Seat saw sales fall in Germany in January in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier.
Passenger car registrations in Germany increased to 218,365 vehicles, data from the KBA federal motor transport authority showed.
The VW brand sales fell 8.6 percent. Skoda's volume was down 7.3 percent while Seat's sales dropped by 2.2 percent. VW Group's luxury Audi unit had a sales gain of 23 percent.
VW Group has been hit by an admission that it rigged diesel engines in up to 11 million vehicle sold worldwide.
Opel, which recently launched a new version of its Astra, a rival to VW's Golf, saw its German car sales jump 22 percent and registrations of Ford vehicles rose 19 percent, according to KBA data.
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Separately, Volkswagen said on Tuesday it had started recalling cars in Europe with rigged diesel engines to bring them into compliance with emissions regulations. Up to 8.5 million VW Group cars are affected by the scandal in Europe.
VW had said last week that Amarok pickups and Passat midsize cars would be the first models to be brought into workshops for software fixes.