FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen's premium unit Audi AG expects to deliver more than 800,000 cars to customers this year after delivering 779,441 cars in 2004, the company said on Tuesday.
"We will do our absolute best that our earnings reflect this growth in deliveries," a spokeswoman for the unit said, without giving further details on its profit forecast.
The Ingolstadt, Germany, carmaker had previously forecast stable earnings for the full year, although finance chief Rupert Stadler had already indicated early this year that a growth in profits was possible.
First-half pretax profit at the unit rose 1.6 percent to 510 million euros ($617 million).
Audi AG is a major source of earnings for its parent company, which is battling with losses at its core VW brand.
Last week, Volkswagen reported that first-half operating profits at its Audi Brand Group, which also includes VW's Spanish brand SEAT, rose to 657 million euros from 550 million a year earlier.
By comparison, the VW Brand Group that includes VW, Skoda, Bentley and Bugatti, posted operating profits of 169 million euros, while Volkswagen's commercial vehicles division reported a profit of just 10 million euros.