FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by gains in China and Europe and rising demand for Audi and Skoda cars.
Total worldwide sales at the 12-brand group were 871,500 last month, VW Group said in a statement on Friday.
VW brand's global deliveries dropped 0.7 percent to 495,900 in May, the fourth consecutive month of declining demand.
The VW marque has been hardest hit among group brands following the automaker's admission that it manipulated engine management software to fool emissions tests in 11 million vehicles sold worldwide. The brand's reputation suffered a hit in the U.S. where the cheating was uncovered.
In contrast to the namesake brand, the group's Audi and Skoda brands both showed gains in May. Audi's global sales increased 6.7 percent and Skoda's volume grew by 4.5 percent. Porsche sales slipped 2 percent and Seat's volume rose slightly by 0.2 percent.
China, Europe gains
VW Group deliveries rose by 4.9 percent to 311,600 in China last month and by 4.6 percent to 369,500 in Europe. Deliveries fell by 31 percent to 23,500 in Brazil, but rose 7.5 percent to 13,200 percent in Russia. In the U.S. volume fell 9.5 percent to 52,300.
Through May, the group's deliveries increased by 0.8 percent to 4.2 million.