Audi, the luxury car maker owned by Volkswagen, said its 2007 profit climbed 26 percent on a sales rise of almost 8 percent worldwide that included a 3.8 percent increase in the United States. The company earned almost 1.7 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in 2007 compared with 1.3 billion euros in 2006. Sales rose 7.9 percent to a company record 33.6 billion euros ($51.6 billion) compared with 31.1 billion euros ($47.8 billion) in 2006.

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