12 Brands, 120 Locations

One Group

With 12 brands, the Volkswagen Group – based in Wolfsburg, Germany – is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest in Europe. In 2016, the Group – including Chinese joint ventures – delivered a total of 10,296,997 cars and commercial vehicles to customers. Due to the growth of the passenger car market as a whole, this equated to 11.9% of the global passenger car market. The Group’s sales revenue totaled €217,267 million in 2016, while earnings after tax came to €5,379 million. More than 620,000 employees produce an average of 43,000 vehicles per working day at 120 manufacturing locations on four continents, or are involved in providing mobility-related services.


Volkswagen AG is the parent company of the Volkswagen Group. It develops vehicles and components for the Group’s brands, but also produces and sells vehicles, in particular passenger cars and light commercial vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. In its function as parent company, Volkswagen AG holds direct or indirect interests in AUDI AG, SEAT S.A., ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Scania AB, MAN SE, Volkswagen Financial Services AG and a large number of other companies in Germany and abroad. More detailed disclosures are contained in the list of shareholdings in accordance with sections 285 and 313 of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB – German Commercial Code), which can be accessed at www.volkswagen.com/en/ir and forms part of the annual financial statements.

Volkswagen AG is a vertically integrated energy company within the meaning of section 3 para. 38 of the Energiewirtschaftsgesetz (EnWG – German Energy Industry Act) and is consequently subject to the provisions of the EnWG. In the electricity sector, Volkswagen AG performs electricity generation, sales and distribution together with a Group subsidiary.

Matthias Müller
Chairman of the Board of Management of
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Dr. rer. pol. h.c.
Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz


Dr. rer. soc. Karlheinz Blessing
Human Resources and Organization

Andreas Renschler
Commercial Vehicles

Dr.-Ing. Herbert Diess
Chairman of the Brand Board of Management of
Volkswagen Passenger Cars

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. E.h.
Jochem Heizmann


Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Board of
Management of AUDI AG

Frank Witter
Finance and Controlling

Hiltrud Dorothea Werner
Integrity and Legal Affairs
(since February 1, 2017)

Volkswagen AG’s Board of Management is the body ultimately responsible for managing the Group. The Supervisory Board appoints, monitors and advises the Board of Management, and is directly consulted on decisions of fundamental significance for the Company.

Shareholder Structure

at December 31, 2016 in % of voting capital

Employees by Continent

in % at December 31, 2016

Group Key Figures

Volume data 2016 2015
Vehicle sales (units) in thousand 10,391 10,009
Vehicle production (units) in thousand 10,405 10,017
Research and development costs in €bn  13.7 13.6
Employees at Dec. 31. 626,715 610,076
Proportion of female employees in % 16.0 16.0
Proportion of apprentices in % 1 4.6 4.7
Average hours of training per employee 3 21.5 17.8
Average cost of training per employee in € 3 1,276 1,346
CO2 emissions European new car fleet in g/km 2 120                  121
CO2 emissions in kg/veh. 4 883                  882
Energy consumption in kWh/veh. 4 2,090 2,106
Financial data (IFRS) in € million 2016 2015
Sales revenue 217,267 213,292
Operating result after special items 7,103 –4,069
Earnings before tax 7,292 –1,301
Earnings after tax 5,379 –1,361
1 At the Group in Germany.
2 Subject to official publication by the European Commission.
3 Average for total Group workforce in the reporting period.
4 Production of cars and light commercial vehicles, prior-year figures adjusted.


The Volkswagen Group is one of the leading multibrand groups in the automotive industry. The Company’s business activities comprise the Automotive and Financial Services divisions. All brands in the Automotive Division – with the exception of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands – are legally independent separate companies. The business activities of the various companies in the Volkswagen Group focus on developing, producing and selling passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses. The product portfolio of the Passenger Cars Business Area ranges from motorcycles to fuel-efficient small cars and luxury vehicles. In the Commercial Vehicles Business Area, the collaboration between the MAN and Scania brands is managed and coordinated under the umbrella of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH. The commercial vehicles portfolio ranges from pickups to heavy trucks and buses. Power Engineering manufactures large-bore diesel engines and special gear units, among other things. A wide array of financial services, which will be gradually expanded to include mobility services rounds off the Company’s portfolio. With its brands, the Volkswagen Group has a presence in all relevant markets around the world, with Western Europe, China, the USA, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey currently representing its key sales markets.

Locations and Employees

The Volkswagen Group’s production network comprised 120 production sites at the end of the reporting year. Europe remains the heart of our production activities, with 71 facilities that manufacture vehicles and components, 28 of them in Germany alone. The significance of the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow, with a total of 31 production sites. North America (five) has added another site, and in South America (nine), the number of sites remained unchanged in the reporting period. The Group has four production sites in Africa.


Despite difficult economic conditions in 2016, the Group sold 10,391,113 (2015: 10,009,605) vehicles to dealers. The Group’s share of the global passenger car market currently stands at 11.9%. The Group maintained its strong competitive position in the reporting period thank to its wide range of attractive and environmentally friendly models. Worldwide, for the manufacture of its products, the Group purchased goods and services in the amount of €166.5 billion. This includes purchasing figures for the Chinese joint-venture companies. 

Further details on the Group’s development, holdings and changes affecting production locations or activities can be found here.

The Volkswagen Value Chain

Research & Development

Year for year, the Volkswagen Group invests more in research and development than any other company in the world, laying the foundations for new models and innovative concepts with which to master the challenges of the future: digitization, networking and electric mobility.

The Volkswagen Group employs


in Research & Development


Every year, the Volkswagen Group purchases a wide range of raw materials, components and other goods. A sustainable supply chain and environmentally compatible transportation solutions form an indispensable part of demonstrating comprehensive responsibility for human rights, as well as a commitment to the environment and to the battle against corruption.

The annual procurement volume comes to

166,5 Bn. €



Every working day, the Volkswagen Group manufactures an average of 41,000 vehicles. As we do so, efficient production ranks alongside employee health and safety as our core goal. New concepts help prepare employees for the future, covering every step from vocational education and training onwards.


production locations on four continents (2016)

Marketing & Sales

The Volkswagen Group markets its vehicles in 153 countries. Around the world, comfort and safety are considered the key customer requirements. We continuously reduce the fuel consumption of our models and offer alternative mobility services.

10,2 million

vehicles sold worldwide (2016)

After-Sales & Financial Services

Service provision includes supporting dealerships to ensure they can provide quality advice and maintenance; managing the original parts business; and providing innovative vehicle-related financial services. Fuel-economy driver training courses play an effective part in cutting fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions.


people attended Driving Experience eco-driving courses (2016)


Recycling makes a key contribution to reducing our products’ impact on the environment and conserving resources. It is not just a matter of recycling vehicles at the end of their service life – on the contrary, even at the development stage for new vehicles, we pay attention to the recyclability of the required materials, the use of high-quality recycled material and the avoidance of pollutants. At the same time, we factor in aspects of the use phase, such as the treatment and disposal of service fluids or high-wear components.

End-of-life vehicles are

85 % recycled


95 % recovered