30 Facts About Volkswagen Group


Volkswagen AG, known internationally as the Volkswagen Group, is a German multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

FactSnippet No. 961,967

Volkswagen Group sells passenger cars under the Audi, Bentley, Cupra, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen brands; motorcycles under the Ducati name; light commercial vehicles under the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand; and heavy commercial vehicles via the marques of listed subsidiary Traton .

FactSnippet No. 961,968

Volkswagen Group has operations in roughly 150 countries, and it has 100 production facilities across 27 countries.

FactSnippet No. 961,969

Volkswagen Group was founded in Berlin in 1937 and incorporated in Wolfsburg to manufacture the car that would become known as the Beetle.

FactSnippet No. 961,970

Volkswagen Group launched a new generation of front-wheel drive vehicles in the 1970s, including the Passat, Polo and Golf; the last became its bestseller.

FactSnippet No. 961,971

Volkswagen Group acquired a controlling stake in SEAT in 1986, making it the first non-German marque of the company, and acquired control of Skoda in 1994, of Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti in 1998, Scania in 2008 and of Ducati, MAN and Porsche in 2012.

FactSnippet No. 961,972

Volkswagen Group Aktiengesellschaft is a public company and has a primary listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, where it is a constituent of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index, and a secondary listings on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and SIX Swiss Exchange.

FactSnippet No. 961,973

Volkswagen Group survived by producing cars for the British Army, and in 1948 the British Government handed the company back over to the German state, and it was managed by former Opel chief Heinrich Nordhoff.

FactSnippet No. 961,974

Production of the Type 60 Volkswagen Group started slowly after the war due to the need to rebuild the plant and because of the lack of raw materials, but production grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s.

FactSnippet No. 961,975

Volkswagen Group began introducing new models based on the Type 1, all with the same basic air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-drive platform.

FactSnippet No. 961,976

On 30 May 2000, after having gradually raised its equity share, Volkswagen Group AG took over the full ownership of Skoda Auto, making the company a wholly owned subsidiary.

FactSnippet No. 961,977

Volkswagen Group revealed on 24 October 2009 that it had made an offer to acquire long-time partner and German niche automotive manufacturer Wilhelm Karmann GmbH out of bankruptcy protection.

FactSnippet No. 961,978

In November 2009, the supervisory board of Volkswagen Group AG approved the acquisition of assets of Karmann, and planned to restart vehicle production at their Osnabruck plant in 2012.

FactSnippet No. 961,979

On 4 July 2012 Volkswagen group announced they would wrap up the remaining half of Porsche shares for 4.

FactSnippet No. 961,980

Volkswagen Group spent two years trying to keep the research from the public domain.

FactSnippet No. 961,981

On 18 September 2015, the US EPA announced that Volkswagen Group had installed a "defeat device" software code in the diesel models sold in the US from 2009 to 2015.

FactSnippet No. 961,982

On Sunday, 20 September 2015, VW Volkswagen Group announced it was halting the sale of its four-cylinder diesel models in the US.

FactSnippet No. 961,983

Volkswagen Group issued a profit warning, saying it had set aside $7 billion to fix the fraud.

FactSnippet No. 961,984

In 2016, Volkswagen Group announced a corporate "Strategy 2025" that focuses on electrification of its portfolio.

FactSnippet No. 961,985

Volkswagen Group came under pressure for cooperating with the Chinese government in the region of Xinjiang.

FactSnippet No. 961,986

Volkswagen Group is still operating a plant in the region as of 2020.

FactSnippet No. 961,987

Volkswagen Group aims by 2024 to transition to selling mostly electric cars.

FactSnippet No. 961,988

Volkswagen Group's shares traded at over €148 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at US$73.

FactSnippet No. 961,989

Volkswagen Group AG has operations in commercial vehicles, owning Volkswagen Group Commercial Vehicles, along with controlling stakes in truck, bus and diesel engine manufacturers Scania AB and MAN SE.

FactSnippet No. 961,990

Porsche formally announced in a press statement that it did not intend to take over Volkswagen Group, setting its offer price at the lowest possible legal value, but intended the move to avoid a competitor taking a large stake, or to stop hedge funds dismantling Volkswagen Group, which is Porsche's most important partner.

FactSnippet No. 961,991

The substantial investment in Volkswagen Group left Porsche with huge financial burden with its debts accumulating up to 13 billion euros by 2009.

FactSnippet No. 961,992

In July 2012, Volkswagen completed takeover of Porsche ending the 4 year saga and formed an integrated automotive group with Porsche.

FactSnippet No. 961,993

From 23 December 2009, Volkswagen Group AG preferred shares replaced its ordinary shares in the DAX index.

FactSnippet No. 961,994

Volkswagen Group has held the top spot in Europe uninterrupted for more than two decades.

FactSnippet No. 961,995

Volkswagen Group is heavily involved in sports sponsorship, with investments having included the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as the David Beckham Academy.

FactSnippet No. 961,996