The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.
In difficult market conditions, the number of Group vehicles delivered to customers rose to 10.97 million in 2019 (2018: 10.8 million). The global car market share rose to 12.9 percent (2018: 12.2 percent). Group sales revenue in 2019 totaled € 252,6 billion (2018: € 236 billion), while earnings after tax amounted to € 14.0 billion (2018: € 12.2 billion).
The expenditures for R&D came up to approx. €14.3 billion. The Volkswagen Group is thus investing more in future technologies than any other company in the world. The approximately 55.000 employees within R&D account represent about 8,2 % of the total workforce.
The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to small cars and luxury vehicles.
The Commercial Vehicles Business Area primarily comprises the development, production and sale of light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN brands, the corresponding genuine parts business and services. The collaboration between the MAN and Scania commercial vehicle brands is coordinated within the TRATON GROUP. The commercial vehicles portfolio ranges from pickups to heavy trucks and buses. The Power Engineering Business Area combines the largebore diesel engines, turbomachinery, special gear units, propulsion components and testing systems businesses.
In addition, the Volkswagen Group offers a wide range of financial services, including dealer and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.
The Group operates 124 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. 671,205 employees worldwide produce vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.
Under the new vision "Shaping mobility - for generations to come." the Volkswagen Group with its sharpened TOGETHER 2025+ strategy provides answers to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Our goal is to make mobility sustainable for us and for future generations. Our promise: With electric drive, digital networking and autonomous driving, we are making automobiles clean, quiet, intelligent and safe. At the same time, our core product becomes even more emotional and offers a completely new driving experience. It is also becoming part of the solution when it comes to climate and environmental protection. In this way, the car can continue to be a cornerstone of contemporary, individual and affordable mobility in the future.
Volkswagen AG has been or currently is involved in a wide range of national and European research projects on various automotive topics, from researching new driving concepts to new components in vehicle electronics to the use of innovative manufacturing technologies. Some of these projects are listed subsequently.