Volkswagen Was No. 1 in Global Sales Despite ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

By Jon LeSage Despite intensive scrutiny over the diesel emissions-cheating scandal, Volkswagen AG took the top-selling global automaker spot away from Toyota Motor Corp. in the first six months of this year.
Volkswagen said on Wednesday it delivered 5.116 million vehicles in that time period, a 1.5-percent rise over the first half of 2015. Toyota announced that its global sales of 4.992 units slid 0.6 percent during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
Toyota had been the top seller for years through 2015, but took a production hit in Japan after an earthquake in April damaged a plant

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