Volkswagen Group today reported that third quarter profit jumped over last year, and it forecast an improvement on its full-year figures aided by higher sales in North America.
"We expect Group sales revenue and operating profit in 2011 to be significantly higher than in the previous year," said Martin Winterkorn, the German automaker's chief executive.
Operating profit surged 46 percent to $4.05 billion in the third quarter on demand for Audi and VW brand sport-utility vehicles, the company reported.
"We are on the right path to becoming the world's leading automaker by 2018 in both economic and ecological terms," Winterkorn said.
In North America, VW's new $1 billion Chattanooga assembly plant is ramping up to produce 150,000 vehicles annually.
Officials said earlier this week the plant that employs over 2,000 workers is producing about 400 new midsize Passats daily.
See more on VW in Friday's Times Free Press.