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Volkswagen announces record 1st-half group sales
Volkswagen AG announces record 1st-half group sales of more than 4 million vehicles
By The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) ' Germany's Volkswagen AG, Europe's largest automaker, says it set a new first-half group sales record, as strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region boosted deliveries.

The Wolfsburg-based company said Friday it sold 4.09 million vehicles in the first six months of 2011, up 14.1 percent over the same period last year.

Asia-Pacific saw a 19.5 percent increase to 1.26 million vehicles, primarily in China. North American sales were up 21.2 percent to 319,100, while South American sales were up 10.9 percent to 455,200.

Europe remained the single biggest market, posting growth of 9.3 percent to 1.9 million vehicles, bolstered by robust 28.9 percent growth in Eastern Europe sales to 253,700 vehicles.

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