Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
But now it stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.
Booming business in China helped Volkswagen sales climb to 10.31 million vehicles last year across all its brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Skoda, the company said Tuesday.
That was up 3.8% from 2015, when Volkswagen came in second to Toyota. And a strong finish to the year in December — 11.8% better than the same month the year before — improves the company's chances of moving from No. 2 to No. 1 in global sales.
That Volkswagen is even in the...