The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg in Germany, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2017, the Group delivered 10.74 million vehicles to customers, which includes 6.23 million Volkswagen passenger car sales worldwide.
In Western Europe around one in four new cars comes from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales in 2017 totalled 231 billion euros, an increase from 217 billion euros in 2016. Operating profit before special items in the 2017 financial year amounted to 11.6 billion euros (2016: 5.4 billion).
The Group is made up of 12 brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, MAN and Scania.
It is the goal of the Group to offer attractive, safe and environmentally sound vehicles which are competitive in an increasingly tough market and which set world standards in their respective classes.
The accompanying documents on the right give details of the Volkswagen Group’s key production facilities in Europe.
The main location is Wolfsburg, which is the world’s largest car manufacturing plant. The factory was built in 1938/39 as a facility for series production of the Volkswagen car designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
The Wolfsburg factory now employs around 62,000 people and about 790,000 vehicles were built there in 2017. Every day, around 180 double-decker rail cars and about 185 trucks leave the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg with a cargo of some 3,200 vehicles. Incoming deliveries of raw materials, components and system modules from around 2,600 suppliers arrive at the plant in about 100 rail cars and 2,000 trucks every day.
Around the world, Volkswagen Group has 120 production plants. These are located in 20 European countries and 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Every weekday around 642,000 Volkswagen Group employees worldwide produce nearly 44,700 vehicles that are sold in 153 countries.