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Though Revenues Slip, VW Beats Q2 Earnings Expectation

Audi drives profit surge.

by on Jul.31, 2014

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants to balance profitability and aggressive growth going forward.

The world’s second-largest automaker beat expectations with a strong second quarter profit, up 14.1%, despite a decline in revenues.

The Thursday release of Volkswagen AG’s earnings revealed that its biggest luxury line, Audi AG, helped offset some problems at its namesake brand. The report came as VW begins a major effort to shift its focus from raw growth to a more profitable expansion plan, with Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn planning to cut costs and boost productivity.

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“In light of the continued strong competitive pressures, the tense situation in some emerging economies and the fundamental technical and economic changes happening in our industry, we are working hard to create all the conditions we need today to ensure success tomorrow,” the CEO said in a statement accompanying the earnings release.

VW earned 3.25 billion Euros, or $4.35 billion, during the second quarter, up from 2.85 billion during the same period a year ago. The consensus of 13 industry analysts polled by the Bloomberg news service had anticipated earnings of 3.31 billion Euros.


VW Runs Up Big Score for 2012

$15 bil earnings handily top Toyota, GM.

by on Mar.22, 2013

The success of the latest Golf has helped fuel VW's industry-leading profitability.

After setting its sights on becoming the world’s biggest carmaker six years ago, Volkswagen AG has steadily moved closer to its twin objective of becoming the world’s most profitable automaker, reporting operating income of 11.5 billion euros, or $15 billion, for 2012. The total easily surpassed General Motors Co.’s $7.9 billion and Toyota Motor Corp.’s $11.1 billion.

Martin Winterkorn, chairman of VW’s Board of Management, noted during the company’s annual financial press conference the Volkswagen Group had mastered the challenges posed by a difficult market environment in 2012 by posting record vehicle sales, sales revenue and earnings.

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“Volkswagen is feeling the headwinds –especially in Europe. Nevertheless we remain guardedly confident,” he said.

The Volkswagen Group not only turned in a compelling operational performance in the past fiscal year – it also met its targets for major strategic projects: The once-uncertain acquisition of the Porsche brand was completed last August, while Ducati, a legendary motorcycle brand, also joined the Group family, Winterkorn said.


VW Hits Earnings Home Run; Daimler Profits Slip

Volkswagen confirms it is on track to be global #1.

by on Oct.27, 2011

The real battle for world dominance will be in China where VW is firmly entrenched.

Volkswagen delivered a huge third quarter, while rival Daimler had its problems.

Confirming it is on track to become the global sales leader Volkswagen revealed it had also hit one out of the park, tripling its net profit for the third quarter of 2011.

Things didn’t go so well for VW’s German rival during the July – September quarter, however, Daimler AG announcing a 15% earnings decline – even though senior officials insisted the company is still on track to deliver better numbers for all of 2011.

Volkswagen’s big increase accompanied a sharp jump in worldwide sales, which reached 6.2 million vehicles during the first nine months of this year.  With VW expected to top sales of 8 million for the full year, industry analysts have predicted the carmaker will outsell rivals General Motors and Toyota – which had led the industry for the last few years but has been hurt by production cuts resulting from the Japanese earthquake of March 11.

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For his part, VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn admitted his goal of world automotive domination, though not necessarily this year, telling investors, “We are on the right path to becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 — in both economic and ecological terms.”