LONDON (Reuters) -- Sales of Volkswagen-branded cars fell by 14 percent in the UK in January in a total market up nearly 3 percent.
The decline was the fourth consecutive monthly drop after VW admitted in September to cheating diesel emissions tests in up to 11 million cars globally.
Total UK new-car registrations rose 2.9 percent to 169,678, making it the best January since 2005, data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed today.
The rise follows on from a record high of 2.63 million new-car registrations in 2015, with sales boosted by low interest rates, cheap credit and rising consumer confidence.
ales drop by 10 percent. Ford was the top-selling brand with 22,035 unit sales followed by Vauxhall at 15,262 and VW brand at 12,055.
Sales of Volkswagen Group's Seat models fell by 25 percent, Skoda dropped 2.4 percent and Audi's volume increased by 1.4 percent.
• Download Excel file, above right, for UK sales by brand for January
The SMMT expects the UK market to be flat this year. "Providing consumer confidence remains strong, we expect a more stable 12 months ahead, broadly similar to 2015 which was, of course, a record year," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said in a statement.
Registrations of diesel cars remained steady despite VW's emissions scandal, rising nearly 1 percent last month, compared with a 3.7 percent jump for gasoline cars.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report