Volkswagen takes global sales crown from Toyota on back of China sales less affected by diesel-cheating scandal

Volkswagen AG dethroned Toyota Motor Corp. last year to become the the world’s best-selling automaker for the first time, propelled by surging demand in China which has been largely unaffected by the diesel-cheating scandal.

Volkswagen sold a record 10.3 million vehicles in 2016, outpacing its rival with a 3.8 percent gain from a year earlier. Toyota’s global sales, including its Hino Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co. units, rose 0.2 percent to 10.2 million vehicles in 2016, the...

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