Volkswagen in Britain predicts a fall in orders in the first quarter, hit by the diesel emissions scandal, but strong orders mean there are signs the carmaker is bouncing back, its UK managing director said.
Sales have been decreasing since October when the scandal broke and in January they were down 14% compared to the same month in 2015.
However, Paul Willis told Reuters that whilst registrations were down, orders for new vehicles – which can sometimes take months to feed through into official sales data – were strong.
What he has not explained is if the orders could have been stronger than he says they are.
Volkswagen has refused to compensate UK buyers for the diesel emissions scandal unlike in the US.