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Volkswagen is on track to sell 11 million vehicles this year, despite a brand tarnished by scandal. But the automaker faces some major challenges over the long haul.   © Reuters
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VW's hot streak in China conceals signs of slipping grip

Limited electric lineup and also-ran status in India leave top automaker vulnerable

SHUNSUKE TABETA and KOSEI FUKAO, Nikkei staff writers | China

BEIJING/FRANKFURT, Germany -- If Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in 2015 was akin to hitting a wall, China has proved to be a giant air bag.

The German automaker sold 1.99 million cars in China in the first half of 2018, up 9% from the same period a year earlier. In 2017, VW moved 4.18 million vehicles there, double the figure seven years earlier.

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