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DETROIT Jan 13 Germany's Volkswagen said on
Sunday that group sales rose 11.2 percent last year to a record
9.07 million vehicles, powered by demand from China and the
Global sales by the German automotive group in December
surged 20.7 percent to 784,300 cars, the company said in a
statement released in Detroit ahead of the North American auto
Still, deliveries in core western European markets excluding
Germany fell 6.5 percent to 1.85 million autos as the euro zone
debt crisis sapped demand.
"Present uncertainties will intensify this year,
particularly in western Europe," sales chief Christian Klingler
said. "Competition is also getting tougher."
VW also said it expects to increase U.S. deliveries
including vehicles from sports-car maker Porsche to "clearly
more" than 600,000 this year.
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(Reporting By Andreas Cremer; Editing by Diane Craft)