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Volkswagen plans to introduce two new SUVs in its range in the coming years as the German carmaker wants to overtake General Motors and Toyota in overall sales by 2018.

The first planned SUV will be bigger than the Tiguan and will target U.S. drivers. According to VW spokesman Peter Thul quoted by Bloomberg, the new SUV will be a seven-seat alternative to a minivan.

The other SUV will be a compact model that will sit below the Tiguan in VW’s range, Thul confirmed comments made by development chief Ulrich Hackenberg in an interview with Automobilwoche.

Volkswagen is expanding its lineup to offset weak demand in Europe as Europe’s largest carmaker is committed to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018. Growth in China and the United States helped the automaker increase deliveries 9.7 percent to 6.71 million vehicles in the first nine months of 2012, despite the fact that car sales in Europe are set to drop for the fifth consecutive year.