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Volkswagen increased currywurst production last year, making significantly more portions of Germany's iconic fast-food snack than cars, as automobile sales fell amid an international emissions scandal.

The main industrial site in Wolfsburg produced 7.2 million currywursts in 2015, up from 6.3 million in the previous year.

The fried pork sausage used for the snack is served chopped and seasoned with ketchup and curry powder.

By comparison, car production fell during the year to 5.82 million VW brand cars from 6.12 million the year earlier.

Car sales were hit last year, when in September, US authorities accused Europe's largest carmaker of installing software in its diesel cars to circumvent air pollution standards.

The device is installed on an estimated 11 million cars worldwide dating back to 2009, leading to international investigations and prompting VW to start massive goodwill programmes to compensate owners of affected vehicles.

The sausage output is well above what VW workers consume in factory canteens and most of the sausages were sold in German shops and supermarkets for consumption at home.

The packets carry the slogan, in German: "original Volkswagen parts."

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