Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest carmaker, has lost market share in the region every month since revealing in September that it fitted diesel-powered autos with so-called defeat devices to meet emissions standards only during official vehicle testing. The German manufacturer has begun recalls of 8.5 million cars in Europe to resolve the issue, while it has yet to reach an agreement with U.S. regulators on terms for fixing vehicles there. Competitors posting the steepest European sales gains in February included Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG, which are benefiting from growing demand for sport utility vehicles.
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