2013: The Year at a Glance

January

Official opening of the Silao engine plant in Mexico – the Volkswagen Group’s 100th production plant around the globe.

The Volkswagen brand opens the world’s largest solar park at the Chattanooga site in the USA. Peak output is 9.5 megawatts.

February

The Supervisory Board votes to revise bonus payments for the members of the eight-strong Group Board of Management. A lower and an upper threshold are introduced.

Production of the XL1 , which can cover 100 km on 1 liter of fuel, begins at Volkswagen’s Osnabrück plant in Germany. A drag coefficient of Cd 0.189 makes it the most aero-dynamic series-produced vehicle of all time.

March

At the Geneva Motor Show, Group Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn announces that the average fuel consumption of the Group’s new car fleet would be reduced to an even lower level than previously planned and endorses the European Union’s average vehicle CO2 emissions target of 95 g/km by 2020.

May

Volkswagen is crowned the world’s most innovative automotive group. The Group topped four categories in the Automotive INNOVATIONS Awards 2013 initiated by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

After a tornado strikes the US state of Oklahoma, the Volkswagen Group of America Foundation assists relief organizations with a donation totaling USD 250,000.

June

Audi Hungaria starts production at its new car plant in Györ. The A3 saloon is the first Audi car to be built entirely in Hungary.

The Volkswagen Group commends its best suppliers with the Group Award 2013. The 21 Volkswagen partners chosen from around the world have impressed with their overall performance.


Germany is hit by floods. The Group and the Volkswagen, Audi and MAN brands respond with donations totaling over €3 million for the victims.

July

The control and profit and loss transfer agreement between Truck & Bus GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG based in Wolfsburg, and MAN SE is entered in the commercial register.

August

ŠKODA begins production of the new Octavia at the Aurangabad plant in India.

At an event staged at Berlin’s Schloss Bellevue as part of the “Pro Ehrenamt” volunteering initiative, German President Joachim Gauck thanks Volkswagen employees for their voluntary activities.


September

The Porsche 918 Spyder• with plug-in hybrid drive and the Golf estate TGI•, which can run on both natural gas and petrol, celebrate their world premieres at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

FAW-Volkswagen opens a new production plant in Foshan, China.

With 89 points out of 100, the Volkswagen Group is Sector Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the world’s best-known sustainability index.

October

The Volkswagen brand is a partner in the “One Young World” sustainability conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1,300 young people come together for discussions with leading figures such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the environment, business and education.

Volkswagen opens a new factory in Ningbo, south-eastern China. It is the Group’s 105th production plant worldwide and its 16th in China.


Volkswagen is commended in the “Major Corporations” category of the Inklusionspreis 2013 award for its exemplary work in integration management and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Production of the new A3 Cabriolet gets underway in Györ, Hungary.

The Volkswagen Group is one of ten German companies represented in the new Global Compact 100 share index, which lists 100 companies from around the world with especially responsible management.

The EU Court of Justice rejects a challenge from the European Commission and rules that the “VW law”, which grants the German state of Lower Saxony – a Volkswagen shareholder – a blocking minority, does not contravene EU law.

November

The Volkswagen brand recalls 800,000 Tiguan vehicles in what is the largest recall of its kind in the history of the Company.

The world premiere of the Porsche Macan SUV in Los Angeles officially signals the brand’s advance into a new vehicle segment.

The Volkswagen Group scores 99 points out of 100 in the Carbon Disclosure Transparency Index and is commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The Volkswagen Group wins the Deutscher Investorenpreis für verantwortliches Wirtschaften (German investor award for responsible management).


December

The Volkswagen brand hands over the first Golf TGI BlueMotion• to its owner. It has a bi-fuel drive system which allows it to run on natural gas and petrol.

Various Group companies in Germany together integrate over 5,000 temporary external personnel into their regular workforce in 2013.

The Group closes its books on 2013 with record unit sales of over 9.7 million vehicles; on average just under 5% more vehicles were sold across the Group’s brands than in the previous year.