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FRANKFURT, Germany: It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests and now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year.Booming business in China helped Volkswagen increase its sales to 10.31 million vehicles last year across all its brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Skoda, the company said Tuesday.That was an increase of 3.8 percent over 2015, when Volkswagen came in second to Toyota. For 2015, Toyota Motor Co. came in first with 10.15 million, Volkswagen was second with 9.93 million and GM third with 9.8 million.It sold 3.98 million cars there last year, more than a third of its total unit sales.Volkswagen was barely behind Toyota after 11 months of 2016, but China in particular fueled the strong December. Volkswagen didn't sell many cars in the first place in the U.S., where the scandal first broke in September 2015 .The top three carmakers make roughly the same number of vehicles per year, but Toyota needs 349,000 workers and GM only 202,000 while Volkswagen employs 624,000 .
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