WOLFSBURG, Germany: Europe's biggest automaker, Volkswagen, has unveiled robust delivery figures for 2007 and predicts record sales numbers in the year ahead.

The German giant says group deliveries rose 7.9% last year to 6.19 million cars and SUVs, up from 5.73m in 2006. It now expects sales to reach beyond six million in 2008.

Ceo Martin Winterkorn aims to take the fight to Japanese titan Toyota Motor - on the threshold of taking the world number one title from General Motors - with the launch of new models.

Despite is global sales success, VW is still struggling in the US market where it has failed to post a profit since 2002. The company is currently mulling plans to build a factory in North America.

Winterkorn says: "We are working on a new compact sedan and a mid-sized sedan for the American customer."

Data sourced from Bloomberg.com (Germany); additional content by WARC staff