VW is having a surge of sales in the U.S. without a hybrid model to market. VW says much of their increased sales is from fuel-efficient diesel models that out-perform standard gasoline engines. Modern diesel tech is much more fuel efficient and produces less CO2 emissions than gasoline or old-fashioned diesel engines some of us remember from the 1970s.
VW has not been immune to the global auto slump, however. Their profits and units sales numbers are down as they are for nearly all auto brands.
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In China auto sales are greatly increased year-to-year. The government has a vigorous set of incentives to increase car sales and it is helping most manufacturers, including GM and Ford who both saw big increase in sales in China.