BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group said its global vehicle sales rose 7.1 percent last month, the biggest rise since its diesel-emissions scandal broke a year ago.
The embattled group's deliveries were boosted by a big leap in China sales and strong demand in Europe, which countered falling volume in the U.S. and Brazil.
Sales of the automaker's 12 brands rose to 947,600 from the same month a year earlier. That's the biggest monthly advance since April 2014 when VW posted a 8.2 percent gain, and shows the group may be coping with the scandal's impact.
"The increased deliveries make us optimistic we will be able to master the upcoming challenges," the group's sales chief Fred Kappler said in a statement.
VW Group's volume rose by 20 percent in China, the company's biggest market, and by 6.3 percent in Europe. In the U.S., sales fell 3.2 percent, while in South America, deliveries dropped 41 percent, with Brazil, the region's biggest market, seeing a 59 percent plunge in demand.
Among the group's brands, the core VW marque saw its sales jump 6.7 percent, the second consecutive rise in demand following six months of declining registrations. The brand has borne the brunt of the group's emissions-rigging scandal over the past year.
Audi's global sales increased 1.7 percent and Skoda's volume grew by 14 percent, while Seat's deliveries rose 8.2 percent, boosted by the arrival of the brand's Ateca SUV. Porsche volume was up by 7.2 percent.
In the first nine months, group deliveries rose 2.4 percent to 7.6 million.
Reuters contributed to this report