Volkswagen is slightly more optimistic on the global car market's outlook now and still expects to outperform the worldwide market, the German carmaker's sales chief Christian Klingler said.

So far, we've performed better than the overall market this year, and the ambition is that this remains the case for the full year, Klingler said at the Paris carshow on Thursday.

He said he now expects the global car market to grow by 6-7 percent this year, more than the 5 percent he had seen before.

There are still risks but we increasingly see more reason to view developments more positively than before.

(Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner; Writing by Maria Sheahan)