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Car sales in Europe have hit a high in January 2016, rising 6.3% against December 2015’s figures. In total, nearly 1.1 million cars were sold in the past month in Europe despite Volkswagen’s continuing dry spell.

According to Automotive News, Volkswagen sales in Europe took another 4% plunge in January, as echoes of the “largely concluded” dieselgate saga still haunt the brand’s reputation.

Volkswagen’s European competition, Ford and Opel/Vauxhall each recorded 11% and 12% gains respectively. Its been reported that the German car maker’s key rivals have also been piling on the discounts for its models in a bid to make the most out of Volkswagen’s damaged reputation.

Volkswagen Tiguan-01

It has been five months now since the diesel scandal outbreak hit Europe and there’s still no end to the troubling times in sight for Volkswagen. In Germany alone, the brand’s sales dipped 8.8% in January. In the UK, a 14% decline was recorded.

Spain’s figures for the Volkswagen Group was a bit of a surprise, with Seat’s (owned by the VW Group) sale figures plunging by 17% and Volkswagen-branded models increasing by 12% instead.

Across Europe, Audi and Skoda showed promising growth, marking 14% and 6% increases respectively, counter-balancing the poorer performances of Seat (down 8.8%) and Porsche (down 5.6%) for the Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion

Overall, the entire Volkswagen Group racked up a 24.3% market share for European car sales in January 2016 – a decline from the company’s 25.6% performance achieved during the same month last year.

While the Volkswagen Group may still be the largest automaker in Europe, PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) continue to capitalise on its recent downfalls – PSA recorded a 3.7% increase in January, while FCA shot up by 15%.

Asian brands Kia and Hyundai gained 13 and 9.1% respectively, while Toyota and Lexus managed a 2.2% improvement collectively. Jaguar Land Rover was the most-improved of the premium brands, rising 53% compared to Daimler’s combined 9.4% and the BMW Group’s combined 4.8%.