Group records €8.9 billion operating profits between January and end of June, with the Volkswagen brand doubling its operating profits

The Volkswagen Group has shrugged off the strain of the Dieselgate emissions scandal, growing its profits in the first half of 2017 to €8.9 billion (£7.9bn), a €1.4bn (£1.2bn) improvement on the same period in 2016.

The group’s improvements were boosted by growing sales, with deliveries increasing to 5,156,000 in the first half of 2017, a 0.8% improvement on the first half of 2016.

Within the group, the biggest earner was Audi, which recorded €2.7bn (£2.4bn) in profits, although that represented no growth on the brand’s 2016’s first half. Conversely, the Volkswagen passenger car brand grew profits to €1.8bn (£1.6bn), doubling its operating profits.

Skoda and Seat represented the biggest improvers within the group, with the former contributing €860 million (£767m), a 25.5% improvement on 2016’s first half, and the latter adding €130m (£116m), a 40.9% boost on its previous results.

Bentley and Porsche also improved, with the British luxury car maker adding €13m (£11m) – a vast improvement on its €22m (£19m) loss in 2016 – and the German sports car brand contributing €2.1bn (£1.8bn), an improvement of €300,000 (£268,000).

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The story was similar for Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle arm and the Scania and MAN lorry businesses, with profits growing by 49.8%, 18% and 4% respectively. Volkswagen Finance increased its operating profit to €1.2bn (£1bn), a year-on-year rise of 17%.

Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Müller said of the brand’s 2017 results: "The remarkable half-year result and the excellent development with regard to deliveries in June are confirmation that the Volkswagen Group is on the right path again.

“We are grateful for the growing amount of trust we are enjoying among customers and on the capital markets. The solid footing of our operating business serves as the basis for our work, namely to transform the Volkswagen Group from a pure car maker into a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility.”

The group predicts that its profits will continue to improve across 2017, enabling it to hit targets for a 4% annual improvement in profits compared with the year before. This comes in the face of financial payouts and growing costs relating to Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, which has recently grown to include investigations into the Audi and Porsche brands.

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27 July 2017

As a side we recently bought a VW vehicle with a diesel engine, it's very economical, always reading 50 or more mpg so we are very happy with it, in fact I would recommend others in a similar rural setting who need 7 seats to consider buying one. Which leads me to my main point " we own our car", we currently enjoy the freedom of driving it when and where we choose. So what does "transform the Volkswagen Group from a pure car maker into a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility.”mean? Is that the point at which car ownership is the preserve of the very rich or government officials, will we all need an RFID chip implanted under our skin to facilitate use of any such sustainable mobility? .Sounds far fetched doesn't it but this technology exists today.

 

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

27 July 2017
DBtechnician wrote:

As a side we recently bought a VW vehicle with a diesel engine, it's very economical, always reading 50 or more mpg so we are very happy with it, in fact I would recommend others in a similar rural setting who need 7 seats to consider buying one. Which leads me to my main point " we own our car", we currently enjoy the freedom of driving it when and where we choose. So what does "transform the Volkswagen Group from a pure car maker into a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility.”mean? Is that the point at which car ownership is the preserve of the very rich or government officials, will we all need an RFID chip implanted under our skin to facilitate use of any such sustainable mobility? .Sounds far fetched doesn't it but this technology exists today.

Just means a mix of ownership, leasing and finance as today plus "pay per use" options (eg car-hailing ...the car as a service not a bought product). nothing that hasnt been talked about endlessly already

31 July 2017

To quote Autocar "Porsche Cayenne diesel sales banned in Germany due to suspect emissions software"...

 

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