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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Volkswagen sold more than three million cars during the first half of the year, the German automaker said Thursday, a 7.8 per cent jump from last year fueled by an increased demand for VW and luxury Audi vehicles.

The Wolfsburg-based company, Europe's biggest automaker by sales, said it sold 3.09 million cars from January to July, with its VW brand selling 1.8 million, up 7.4 per cent from the same time last year.

Growth was led by Europe, where sales rose 3.7 per cent and in Asia, where sales were up 20.9 per cent with 502,000 automobiles sold.

Sales in North America rose 3.1 per cent with 263,000 cars sold,
while the U.S. market saw sales rise to 163,000, an increase of 2.8
per cent.
Volkswagen's brands include Skoda, Audi, Seat, Bentley and
Lamborghini, and its VW brands.

Shares in Volkswagen AG were up 1.3 per cent to 122.26 euros ($168.14) in Frankfurt trading.

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