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VW replaces head of struggling U.S. division

Volkswagen Kombi minibuses are lined up during an

Volkswagen Kombi minibuses are lined up during an exhibition of the vehicles in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Through November, U.S. sales for the Volkswagen brand have fallen more than 5 percent to just under 374,000, while the overall market has grown more than 8 percent. (Dec. 8, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

FRANKFURT, Germany - Automaker Volkswagen says it's replacing the head of its U.S. division, which has struggled to reach sales goals.

The company said Thursday in a news release that Jonathan Browning was leaving his job as president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. His replacement is Michael Horn, 51, the company's global head of after-sales service, repair and components.

The company said Browning, 54, was leaving the group "for personal reasons and returning to the U.K." Volkswagen builds cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and has its U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Va. along with administrative offices in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Through November, U.S. sales for the Volkswagen brand have fallen more than 5 percent to just under 374,000, while the overall market has grown more than 8 percent.

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