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European Debt Crisis

Scandal-hit VW lags rise in European car sales

Volkswagen lagged while other major automakers cashed in on record European car sales in December as the German company struggled with the fallout from its emissions-cheating scandal.

The ACEA carmaker's association said Friday that sales in December enjoyed their strongest surge in the market's 28-month rebound, with an increase of 17 percent to 1.1 million units.

That means European car sales rose 9 percent over last year as a whole, a welcome bump as the region recovers from years of economic and financial crisis. Registrations are only now passing levels from 2010 recorded after the eurozone debt crisis broke out in Greece in late 2009.

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