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After a solid fiscal year 2023: Audi strengthens and expands its product portfolio

The Audi Group has achieved a solid result in the 2023 fiscal year under challenging economic conditions. Revenue rose by 13.1 percent to €69.9 billion, the operating profit was €6.3 billion, and the operating margin was 9.0 percent. Net cash flow was nearly on par with the previous year at €4.7 billion. With numerous new models, Audi will significantly strengthen and expand its product portfolio in the coming years: The world premiere of the fully electric Audi Q6 e-tron, the first model on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE), heralds a series of product launches. More than 20 new models are planned for 2024 and 2025.

Infographic of Audi's Financial Highlights 2023 with images of cars and key figures such as deliveries, revenue, operating result, and operating return on sales.

Brand Group Core improves result and return in 2023 – closer cooperation between the volume brands is gaining traction

The Brand Group Core delivered robust financial results in 2023. Higher volume and price effects, improved availability of parts and lower fixed costs had a positive effect, while higher product costs and the deconsolidation of Volkswagen Group Rus had a negative impact on the result. The global market and competitive environment remains challenging. The Brand Group Core is working on further stabilizing its performance with a view to improving its resilience against external factors, in particular given the slower development of the e-mobility market in Europe.

Infographic on the financial performance of the core brands of the Volkswagen Group with sales and result figures.

Volkswagen Group delivers robust 2023 results – Performance programs and record number of new product launches stabilize future development

Volkswagen Group achieved robust financial results in a challenging environment in 2023. Thanks to progress in electrification and a flexible product strategy, the Group successfully is able to meet customers’ needs worldwide. At the same time, 2023 was a year of restructuring for Volkswagen Group. In many areas of the TOP-10 program, the Group has made progress faster than originally planned. With more than 30 new products, 2024 will be the year of world premieres, with highlights including the high-performance all-electric vehicles based on the new PPE premium platform. Volkswagen Group is therefore confident about the current year and an accelerated ramp-up from 2025 onwards. The overarching Group goal remains sustainable, value-creating growth.

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Porsche AG enters its biggest year of product launches in a strong position

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Volkswagen Group achieves robust annual results for 2023, with a strong fourth quarter

Volkswagen Group achieved robust financial results in 2023. This was driven by a strong fourth quarter, with sales revenue of EUR 87 billion and an increase in operating profit of more then a quarter compared to the previous year. During the year, the Group made further progress with the implementation of its strategy and systematically pushed ahead with its restructuring. The focus was on customer-oriented products and compelling design, in addition to the strengthening of the regions, particularly China and North America. By introducing performance programs in all divisions, the Group has made notable strides towards a sustainable increase in profitability.

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Volkswagen and Mahindra sign supply agreement

Volkswagen Group and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) have signed the first supply agreement on components of Volkswagen´s MEB for Mahindra’s purpose-built electric platform INGLO, taking a definitive step further on their joint vision for e-mobility collaboration. The deal covers the supply of certain electric components as well as unified cells. With the agreement, Volkswagen and Mahindra are further deepening their collaboration which started with a partnering agreement and a term sheet in 2022. Both companies will continue to evaluate a potential expansion of the collaboration.

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Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Financial Services AG with further credit rating in the A-category

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Volkswagen Group strengthens its Technical Development Board function in China

The Volkswagen Group is strengthening its Technical Development Board function in the China region as part of its “In China, for China” strategy. Thomas Ulbrich, former Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for “New Mobility”, will head up Technical Development for the Group in China from April 1, 2024. In his new capacity, Ulbrich, who has already held two management positions for the Group in China, will continue to advance the technological localization of the portfolio. He succeeds Marcus Hafkemeyer, who – with his extensive experience of China – will support the company’s transformation in a new role in the Group.

Thomas Ulbrich, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Volkswagen Group China standing at a charging station

Volkswagen Group posts solid growth in deliveries in 2023 and strong increase in all-electric vehicles

The Volkswagen Group increased its deliveries in 2023 by
12 percent to 9.24 million vehicles. All regions contributed to this growth, with Europe
(+19.7 percent) and North America (+17.9 percent) being the main drivers. China, the Group’s largest single market, grew by 1.6 percent despite a challenging market environment. The Volkswagen Group expanded its market share in Europe as well as North and South America and thus also increased slightly worldwide. Almost all brands recorded growth, in some cases substantial. SEAT/CUPRA achieved the highest increase in the passenger car segment with a rise of 34.6 percent, while MAN led the way in the truck segment with an increase of 37.1 percent. At the same time, the Volkswagen Group successfully continued its transformation and delivered 771,100 fully electric vehicles. This corresponds to an increase of 34.7 percent compared to the previous year. The share of all-electric vehicles in deliveries rose to 8.3 percent compared to 6.9 percent in 2022.

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PowerCo confirms results: QuantumScape’s solid-state cell passes first endurance test

The solid-state cell is considered a technology of the future and the next big step in battery development. The technology promises longer ranges, shorter charging times and maximum safety. The U.S. company QuantumScape has recently reached an important milestone, which was now confirmed by PowerCo: its solid-state cell has significantly exceeded the requirements in the A-sample test and successfully completed more than 1,000 charging cycles. For an electric car with a WLTP range of 500-600 kilometres, this corresponds to a total mileage of more than half a million kilometres. At the same time, the cell barely aged and still had 95 percent of its capacity (or discharge energy retention) at the end of the test. The tests, which ran for several months, were carried out in PowerCo’s battery laboratories in Salzgitter

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Volkswagen brand’s biggest performance program on track, with earnings contribution of up to four billion euros expected for 2024

The Volkswagen brand has achieved an important milestone in the “Accelerate Forward/ Road to 6.5” global performance program, with management and employee representatives reaching agreement on key points to streamline the company, following intensive negotiations. The objective of the three-year program is to secure the Volkswagen Group’s core brand competitiveness, ensure it is future-proof and sustainable in the long term. The Volkswagen brand aims to make a positive earnings contribution totaling ten billion euros by 2026, also to offset negative effects such as inflation and higher raw material costs. The operating return on sales is expected to improve sustainably to 6.5 percent in 2026. The Volkswagen brand projects that the program will deliver positive earnings contributions of up to four billion euros as early as 2024. To achieve this, the Company concentrates on performance-enhancing and cost-saving measures in the program’s three focus areas: optimizing material and product costs, reducing fixed and manufacturing costs and increasing revenues. The Company and the employee representatives have also reached agreement on staff reduction measures to cut personnel and labor costs. These measures will apply throughout Volkswagen AG. As such, from January 2024 the Company will extend its partial retirement schemes to all employees born in 1967 (and for severely handicapped employees born in 1968), to reduce administrative staff costs in particular. The current hiring freeze and access freeze to the Tarif Plus salary group will continue until further notice.

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Volkswagen-backed PowerCo SE reaches significant milestone in St. Thomas gigafactory project

Volkswagen Group-owned battery company PowerCo SE steps up its activities in Canada. Ramping up its cell production activities in Europe and North America, the site of its future cell gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario, is now prepared for groundbreaking and start of construction in 2024. Sebastian Wolf, Chief Operations Officer of PowerCo SE, said at an event on site: “We are fully on track. Site preparation, the first phase of Gigafactory St. Thomas, has been completed. We are now ready for the next stage on our path to the sustainable and responsible production of battery cells. PowerCo will be a reliable partner for the people in St. Thomas and Ontario.”

Visualization of Gigafactory St. Thomas

Volkswagen increases pace of innovation in China for China: tech company in Hefei launches electric platform for entry-level segment in just 36 months

The Volkswagen Group is systematically strengthening its development expertise ‘in China for China’. To drive this strategy, Volkswagen is expanding its site in Hefei in eastern China into a state-of-the-art production, development, and innovation hub. At its heart is the Volkswagen China Technology Company (VCTC) – the Group’s largest development centre outside Germany, with a clear focus on intelligent, fully connected vehicles. VCTC aims to reduce the time to market for vehicles and components by 30 percent through efficient development processes and the use of cutting-edge technologies. As a result, the Group will better harness the growth momentum of the Chinese market. The hub is also taking on key development tasks, including the development of a local electric platform for the entry-level segment. Derived from the Group’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB), the new platform is intended to open up further market segments in China. From 2026, the platform will form the basis for additional battery-powered vehicles (BEV) specifically tailored to the wishes of Chinese customers. The development time of just 36 months is around a third shorter than the Volkswagen Group’s previous timescales.

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Volkswagen Financial Services report solid third quarter 2023 amidst challenging environment

Volkswagen Financial Services have continued the current fiscal year with a solid third quarter. For example, the new contract acquisi-tions worldwide increased by 10.8 percent during the months from January to Sep-tember 2023. The portfolio of current contracts remained stable at just over 22 million. “We continue to see the normalization of the financial services business in terms of earnings that has been apparent since the beginning of the year and feel confirmed in our assessment for 2023,” said Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Financial Services AG. He added: “We are pleased with the de-velopment of new contracts, which exceeded six million units in the first nine months of the fiscal year. This reflects the improved vehicle availability.” Frank Fiedler, CFO of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, noted: “All our forecasts regarding business per-formance are being confirmed. We are therefore sticking to our earnings target, de-spite the numerous global political and macroeconomic uncertainties.”

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Brand Group Core improves operating profit, unit sales and sales revenue – increased product costs and interruptions to production impact profitability

The Volkswagen Group’s Brand Group Core extended cross-brand cooperation in the first nine months of 2023. Further synergy and scale effects were leveraged through disciplined investments and increased cost efficiency between the Volkswagen, ŠKODA, SEAT/CUPRA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. There was a slight increase in the overall effectiveness of the Brand Group – however, performance felt the impact of negative factors such as interruptions in production resulting from the floods in Slovenia.

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Audi Group: Solid development in the first nine months

The Audi Group is following up on a strong first half of the year and reports increased delivery figures after nine months: Between January and September, the Progressive brand group delivered around 1,405,000 Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley vehicles – 16 percent more than in the same period last year. The increase was particularly strong in the USA and Europe. Revenue rose by 13 percent to €50.4 billion in the first nine months, while the operating profit was €4.6 billion. The operating margin was within the target corridor at 9.1 percent. Once again, the brand with the four rings demonstrated its strength in fully electric models with deliveries of more than 123,000 vehicles – an increase of 60 percent – demonstrating the success of the electrification strategy.

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Porsche AG posts robust growth in first nine months

Roughly a year after its successful IPO on September 29, 2022, Porsche AG again reported strong business figures for the third quarter of 2023. In the first nine months of the year, the sports car manufacturer increased both Group sales revenue and Group operating profit.

Two Porsche 911 models driving on a country road

Volkswagen Group delivers solid nine-month results in a challenging environment; disruptions in production and higher product costs impact third quarter

– Volkswagen Group achieved strong deliveries and sales revenue growth in the first nine months of FY 2023. Deliveries increased by 11 percent year-on-year to 6.7 million vehicles (Q3 2023: 2.3 million vehicles; +7.0 percent). Sales revenue grew by 16 percent to 235.1 billion euros (Q3 2023: 78.8 billion euros; +12 percent). The order bank at the end of the third quarter of 2023 remained at a high level of 1.4 million vehicles in Western Europe alone. Net liquidity in the Automotive Division remained very solid at 36.7 billion euros.

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TRATON GROUP raises forecast for full-year 2023 following successful business performance in the first nine months

The TRATON GROUP has delivered a strong performance in the first nine months of 2023 with significant increases in unit sales, sales revenue, operating result, and operating return on sales and is now raising its forecast for full-year 2023.

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Volkswagen Group delivers 45 percent more all-electric vehicles in first 9 months

The Volkswagen Group has systematically continued its transformation in the first nine months of 2023. All-electric deliveries increased by 45 percent to 531,500 vehicles globally, raising the BEV share of total deliveries to 7.9 percent after
6.1 percent in the prior year period. In the third quarter alone, the BEV share climbed to
9.0 percent compared to 6.8 percent one year ago. From January to September, Europe remained the key growth driver with an increase of 61 percent to 341,100 vehicles. BEV deliveries jumped 74 percent to 50,300 units in the USA and surpassed prior year levels in China with an increase of 4 percent to 117,100 units.

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