VW broke a global record by selling more than 2.5 million cars during the first six months of 2011 as demand increased across the globe.

Volkswagen continued its record-breaking roll by selling more than 2.5 million new passenger cars across the globe during the first half of 2011.

VW says that, aside from cars developed specifically for China, it saw big gains in demand for the Phaeton (up 96 percent), Passat CC (up 73 percent) and Jetta (up 58 percent).

Sales were up nearly 12 percent across the globe for the German automaker, buoyed by big gains in Central and Eastern Europe (up 42 percent to 92,300) and Russia (up 103 percent to 45,500). Germany's comparatively stagnant market wasn't quite as favorable, although VW did see gains of about 5 percent to 301,700 deliveries.

China remains VW's largest global market by a landslide. Sales were up an impressive 13 percent to 852,800 cars, a gain that outpaced the local market, where the government has been forced to limit new car registrations in an effort to curb traffic congestion and pollution.

And in North America, where Volkswagen has just opened a new Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant, the automaker saw a solid 22 percent increase to 237,700 units thanks primarily to the company's redesigned Jetta sedan (pictured).