VW's U.S. sales slide in January

The Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant, located in the Enterprise South industrial park, is photographed on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Volkswagen vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 7 percent in January after the automaker had to halt sales of several models due to a scandal over cars that were equipped to cheat on emissions tests.

Volkswagen's global sales rose 3.7 percent in January, held back by sagging economies in Brazil and Russia.

The company said today it sold 847,000 vehicles worldwide, up from 817,000 in the same month a year earlier. The Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker saw strong gains in China, where sales rose 14 percent, and more moderate increases in Western Europe. Sales plunged in Russia and Brazil, where the economies are struggling.

The figures are for all the company's brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Bentley.