* Biggest monthly gain in group sales since April 2014
* September sales helped by strong China, Europe demand
* VW brand September sales up 6.7 percent
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BERLIN, Oct 14 Volkswagen's group
sales rose 7.1 percent in September, the largest monthly gain in
two-and-a-half years, powered by demand for VW brand cars in
China and robust sales in Europe, it said on Friday.
New vehicle registrations at the multi-brand group increased
to 947,600 passenger cars, commercial vehicles and heavy trucks,
VW said on Friday, from 885,200 a year earlier.
That's the biggest monthly advance since April 2014 when VW
posted a 8.2 percent gain, and shows the group may be coping
with the impact of its emissions scandal uncovered more than a
"The increased deliveries make us optimistic we will be able
to master the upcoming challenges," group sales chief Fred
September sales were helped by a 20-percent jump in China,
VW's biggest market, and persistent growth in Europe where VW
sells about 40 percent of its vehicles. The 6.3 percent gain in
its home region was the second-biggest monthly gain this year.
Improving sales may lessen the pressure on the carmaker's
top management and labour leaders to consider job cuts as both
sides are struggling to agree an outline for cost cuts and
strategy at the core VW brand.
Deliveries of VW's largest division were up 6.7 percent last
month to 547,700 cars, with growth in China, Europe and even
Russia offsetting declines in the Americas.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Maria Sheahan and