FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen brand's global sales fell by 2.7 percent to 543,700 as the marque continued to suffer from the lack of new products and the effects of its diesel-emissions scandal.
The decline was the 16th drop in the past 18 months, extending the fall in first-quarter sales to 1.3 percent or 1.46 million cars, VW said in a statement today.
The decline last month was less severe than a 4.7 percent fall in February. In January sales were up 2.8 percent.
Analysts have said customer faith in VW Group's biggest unit has been hurt by a stalled German vehicle recall and a stop sale of diesel models in the U.S. where seven months into the scandal, VW still lacks a technical fix for almost 600,000 cars.
Demand for VW models dropped 1 percent in Europe last month, including an 8 percent fall in Germany. In the U.S., volume slipped 10 percent, while in Brazil sales were down 35 percent.
In China, VW's biggest market, brand deliveries rose 3.6 percent, VW said.
Reuters contributed to this report