FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group said its global vehicle sales rose 4.9 percent last month as growth in markets including Europe and the U.S. helped to offset falls in China and Brazil.
Sales of the automaker's multi-brand portfolio including Audi and Porsche rose to 813,700 from the same month a year earlier, VW said in a statement.
VW Group's volume fell by 14 percent in China, the company's biggest market, as an early arrival of the Chinese New Year, an increase in tax on vehicles with small engines and issues with local Audi dealers all depressed sales results, VW said in the statement.
VW said it expected "healthy growth" in the market this year.
In contrast, sales in Europe rose 7 percent, while in the U.S. market, group deliveries rose 14 percent as the automaker continues to try and resolve its emissions-cheating scandal.
Sales in Central and Eastern European rose 14 percent, supported by a 1.3 percent rise in Russia.
In South America, deliveries rose 8.6 percent, but Brazil, the region's biggest market, saw a drop of 18 percent.
Among the group's brands, Audi saw the biggest drop as volume plunged 14 percent. Deliveries at the core VW marque slipped 4.9 percent.
Skoda's volume grew by 2.4 percent, while Seat's deliveries rose 17 percent, boosted by the brand's Ateca SUV. Porsche's volume increased 0.4 percent.