FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group's global vehicle sales slipped 1.2 percent to 693,300 vehicles in February as the company's namesake brand continued to bear the brunt of the company's emissions-cheating scandal.
VW brand's sales dropped by 4.7 percent, offsetting gains at the 12-brand group's other marques including Audi and Porsche.
Group sales chief Fred Kappler said in a statement that the automaker's brands "made a stable start to the new year" with gains in Europe helping to offset "challenging" markets such as Brazil where the economy has slumped.
Group sales rose by 5.7 in Europe but dropped 1.8 percent in China, the company's biggest single market, as the Chinese New Year kept buyers from showrooms. Brazil sales plunged by 36 percent while Russia was down 17 percent. U.S. market volume fell by 7.2 percent.
VW said the company benefited from strong demand in its home market of German and rebounding markets in southern Europe.
Among the group's other brands, Audi saw its global volume rise by 3.3 percent, while Porsche sold 2 percent more cars than a year earlier. Skoda sales grew by 3.6 percent and Seat's volume was up slightly at 0.2 percent.
The group's two-month sales rose 1.4 percent to 1.54 million.
Reuters contributed to this report