BERLIN -- Volkswagen brand sales held broadly stable in May, with gains in Europe and China offsetting declines in the Americas, as the carmaker keeps battling its diesel-emissions scandal.
Sales of VW brand vehicles slipped 0.7 percent last month to 495,900, VW said in a statement today.
Sales in Europe rose 1.6 percent to 148,100 while deliveries in China were up 5.7 percent to 232,400. U.S. sales dropped 17 percent to 28,800 and Brazil volume was down 32 percent to 23,300.
Sales chief Juergen Stackmann said the brand had gained a boost from the launch of the new Tiguan in Europe. "Up to the end of May, the Tiguan had already generated more than 49,000 orders in western Europe," he said in the statement.
Stackmann added: "The diesel recall campaign has started successfully and now includes the key models Golf, Tiguan and Passat. Independent market studies also confirm that the residual values of our vehicles in Europe are stable."
VW brand's five-month deliveries fell 1.7 percent to 2.43 million.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report