BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Volkswagen
The multi-brand VW group started off well into the fourth quarter, the person said, declining to be identified because official sales data won't be released until mid-November.
Volkswagen declined comment.
VW, which posted a 20-percent gain in third-quarter operating profit on record sales of premium brands Audi and Porsche, recorded a 7 percent rise in September sales to 856,900 vehicles, excluding the MAN and Scania truck divisions.
The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer has a goal of boosting global group deliveries to about 9.5 million this year from 9.3 million in 2012. Nine-month group sales including MAN and Scania trucks were up 4.8 percent at 7.18 million units.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Alexander Ratz)