Volkswagen sales up nearly 5 percent in 2013

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 5:34 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen AG says it delivered a record 9.5 million cars and commercial vehicles last year, a 4.8 percent increase, as growing Chinese and North American demand compensated for a slight decline in Europe.

The Wolfsburg, Germany-based company said that the Volkswagen Group — which includes Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat — finished the year with a strong performance in December, when sales rose 6.3 percent over a year earlier to 833,200.

European deliveries slipped 0.5 percent to 3.65 million, but Chinese sales rose 16.2 percent to 3.27 million. North American sales were 5.6 percent higher, including a 2.6 percent gain to 611,700 in the U.S.

Volkswagen board member Christian Klingler said Saturday the company expects "market developments on a level similar to 2013" this year.

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