A temporary blip last fall caused by consumer reaction to the Volkswagen emissions-rigging debacle notwithstanding, diesel is champion in Korea.

Diesels accounted for roughly half of the combined car and SUV sales racked up in 2015 by Korea’s five domestic automakers: Hyundai, Kia, GM Korea, Ssangyong and Renault Samsung.

In the surging import sector, now seen as threatening by all of the local automakers, the diesel take rate was 68.8%.

Imports grew 24.2% over 2014, with 243,900 vehicles sold compared with 196,359. Diesels accounted for 167,793 of last year’s deliveries.

Remarkably, Korea’s top imported vehicle was a Volkswagen diesel, the Tiguan 2.0L TDi BlueMotion, which tallied 9,467 sales.

In October, when VW’s Korea sales plunged 67.4%, with just 947 vehicles sold compared with 2,901 in September, analysts expected the automaker’s fortunes would continue to crater. Indeed, legislators and government officials still are mulling criminal charges against VW and Audi executives.

But VW Korea and sister company Audi Korea countered with a spurt of promotions, and the November rebound was phenomenal.

VW sales shot up to a single-month high of 4,517, claiming 19.7% of the import segment. It was a rise of 377% over the dismal October result and a 65.6% gain over the 2,727 vehicles sold in November 2014, when VW held 16.1% of the segment.

Despite the emissions-cheating furor and negative press, VW finished the year with 35,778 deliveries, up 16.5% year-over-year. The automaker’s full-year share of the import segment was 14.7%, within shouting distance of the 15.6% share claimed in 2014.

With diesels accounting for roughly two-thirds of all imports into Korea in 2015, the Tiguan was followed by the Audi A635, which sold 7,049 units, and BMW’s 520d, which sold 6,640.