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Volkswagen says it sold more than 10 million cars and trucks in 2014 as deliveries up 4.2 pct

BERLIN – Volkswagen says it sold more than 10 million vehicles last year for the first time as strong performances in China and western Europe pushed deliveries 4.2 per cent higher.

Volkswagen AG announced Sunday night that it delivered 10.14 million cars and trucks in 2014, up from 9.73 million the previous year. In December, the company — whose brands include Audi, Skoda and Seat — sold 857,600 vehicles, a 2.7 per cent increase compared with a year earlier.

Last year’s deliveries in Volkswagen’s home European market rose 5.1 per cent to 3.95 million. That increase was powered by higher sales in western Europe; sales in central and eastern Europe edged up 0.4 per cent as deliveries in Russia dropped 12.7 per cent.

Volkswagen’s sales in China rose 12.4 per cent to 3.68 million.