UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent to 81,640 in August although Volkswagen brand took a huge hit.
VW brand's British sales fell by 25 percent last month, data from industry organization SMMT showed.
The reason for the automaker's sales decline in the UK compared with the previous year was "largely accounted for by a shift in our focus on certain sale channels," a Volkswagen spokesman told Automotive News Europe in an email. "Private sales remain strong, as is confidence from our retailer network," the spokesman added.
Volkswagen Group's Audi brand saw sales rise by 5.9 percent while Seat was up by 35 percent and Skoda's volume dropped by 1 percent.
VW's diesel emissions-rigging scandal has caused negative publicity in the UK. A parliamentary committee earlier this month called on the government set strict timelines for the automaker to recall tainted diesel vehicles and compensate their owners.
Britain's Brexit vote appears not to have had a significant effect on car sales so far. Dealers registered 81,640 vehicles driven by fleet sales, while private registrations fell slightly by 0.2 percent, SMMT said.
In the first eight months, UK registrations were up by 2.8 percent at 1.68 million units.
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Reuters contributed to this report