VW, whose brands include luxury division Audi and sports car maker Porsche, increased full-year deliveries by 4.2 percent to 10.14 million autos, meeting a 2007 target four years earlier than originally planned. The total also includes passenger cars, sports-utility vehicles, light commercial vans and heavy trucks.
Sales gains of 12 percent and 5.1 percent in China and Europe respectively outweighed declines of 2 percent and 20 percent in the United States and Latin America, VW said.
Europe's largest automotive group had already eclipsed General Motors in 2013 to become the world's second-biggest car maker behind Toyota. The German company has pledged to dethrone its Japanese rival no later than by 2018.
Wolfsburg-based VW is shifting its focus to profit as its long-planned sales targets are met.
The carmaker is seeking to cut 5 billion euros of costs at its core passenger-car brand by 2017 and plans to give more power to its regional leaders to boost operations in markets such as the United States and Brazil.