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German car maker Volkswagen saw record gains in sales in the first three months of 2012.

Demand from North America, China and Russia offset declines in western Europe.

Sales of brands – including luxury division Audi and Czech mass market manufacturer Skoda – increased 9.6 percent.

Deliveries in the United States surged by just over a third.

In China – which is now VW’s biggest single market – they rose 15.6 percent from a year ago. It sold 633,000 cars in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau in the first quarter.

Sales in western Europe, excluding Germany, dropped 4.7 percent to 507,100 vehicles.

VW sales chief Christian Klingler said: “Uncertainty continues particularly on the markets in western Europe.”