Annual Report 2023

Group Management Report

Structure and Business Activities

This chapter describes the legal and organizational structure of the Volkswagen Group and explains the material changes in 2023 with respect to equity investments.


Volkswagen AG is the parent company of the Volkswagen Group. It develops vehicles and components for the Group brands, but also produces and sells vehicles, in particular passenger cars and light commercial vehicles for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. In its capacity as parent company, Volkswagen AG holds direct or indirect interests in AUDI AG, SEAT S.A., Škoda Auto a.s., Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, TRATON SE, Volkswagen Financial Services AG, Volkswagen Bank GmbH and a large number of other companies in Germany and abroad. More detailed disclosures are contained in the list of shareholdings in accordance with sections 285 and 313 of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB – German Commercial Code), which can be accessed at and is part of the annual financial statements.

Volkswagen AG is a vertically integrated energy supply company as defined by section 3 no. 38 of the Energiewirtschaftsgesetz (EnWG – German Energy Industry Act) and is therefore subject to the provisions of the EnWG. In the electricity sector, Volkswagen AG generates, sells and distributes electricity as a group together with its subsidiaries.

The Volkswagen AG Board of Management has sole responsibility for managing the Company. The Supervisory Board appoints, monitors and advises the Board of Management; it is consulted directly on decisions that are of fundamental significance for the Company.


The Volkswagen Group is one of the leading multibrand groups in the automotive industry. The Company’s business activities comprise the Automotive and Financial Services divisions. Our core brands within the Automotive Division – with the exception of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands – are independent legal entities.

The Automotive Division comprises the Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles and Power Engineering business areas.

The Passenger Cars Business Area primarily consolidates the Volkswagen Group’s passenger car brands and the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand. Activities focus on the development of vehicles, engines and vehicle software, the production and sale of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and the genuine parts business. The product portfolio ranges from compact cars to luxury vehicles and also includes motorcycles, and is supplemented by mobility solutions.

The Commercial Vehicles Business Area primarily comprises the development, production and sale of trucks and buses, the corresponding genuine parts business and related services. The commercial vehicles portfolio ranges from light vans to heavy trucks and buses. The collaboration between the commercial vehicle brands is coordinated within TRATON SE.

The Power Engineering Business Area combines the large-bore diesel engines, turbomachinery and propulsion components businesses.

The Financial Services Division’s activities comprise dealer and customer financing, leasing, direct banking and insurance activities, fleet management and mobility services.

With its brands, the Volkswagen Group is present in all of the markets around the world that are relevant for the Group. The key sales markets currently include Western Europe, China, the USA, Brazil, Türkiye, Mexico, Poland and Czech Republic.

Volkswagen AG and the Volkswagen Group are managed by the Volkswagen AG Board of Management in accordance with the Volkswagen AG Articles of Association and the rules of procedure for Volkswagen AG’s Board of Management issued by the Supervisory Board.

Accordingly, responsibilities in the Board of Management are currently divided among ten Board functions. In addition to the “Chair of the Board of Management” function the other Board functions are “Technology”, “Finance and Operations” (formerly “Finance”), “Human Resources and Trucks brand group” (formerly “Human Resources and Truck & Bus”), “Integrity and Legal Affairs”, “Progressive brand group” (formerly “Premium”), “Sport Luxury brand group” (formerly “Sport & Luxury”), “IT”, “China”, and “Core brand group” (formerly “Volume”). The Chair of the Board of Management is also responsible for the “Sport Luxury brand group” Board function.

Directly attached to the Board are a number of Group Management functions that act as an extension to the Board functions. These comprise the “Group Sales”, “Group Production”, “Group Procurement” and “Group Research and Development” functions.

The allocation of responsibilities on the Board of Management is based on the rules of procedure decided by the Supervisory Board. The way this is structured helps the Board of Management to focus on key tasks such as strategy, central decisions on the Company’s direction, capital allocation and financial requirements. The task of the extended board-level management functions is to leverage synergies in the Group and to connect the brands and divisions.

Board of Management committees exist at Group level for the following areas: products, technologies, investments, digital transformation, integrity and compliance, risk management, human resources and management issues. In addition to the responsible members of the Board of Management, the relevant central departments and the relevant functions of the divisions are also represented on the committees. We are continually revising and optimizing these and other top management committees in the Group in order to verify that they still align with our corporate strategy and to further increase the efficiency of their decision making. This reduces complexity and reinforces governance within the Group.

As part of the “Group Steering Model” base initiative from the NEW AUTO Group strategy, a new leadership model for the Group was presented at the Capital Markets Day in June 2023 that will sharpen the focus on customer orientation, entrepreneurship and team spirit. It follows the “value over volume” principle, prioritizing sustainable value creation over volume growth. As part of this, the brand groups will receive a new steering model. In addition, the brand positioning and the product range are to be sharpened. The realignment also included a renaming of the brand groups: Volume has become Core, Premium is now called Progressive, Sport & Luxury has been changed to Sport Luxury, and Truck & Bus to Trucks. The Core brand group comprises the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Škoda, SEAT/CUPRA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. The Progressive brand group comprises the Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Ducati brands. The Sport Luxury brand group consists of the Porsche brand. The company responsible for this brand, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (Porsche AG), has been listed on the stock market since the end of September 2022. In the Trucks brand group, TRATON SE acts as the umbrella for the Scania, MAN, Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Navistar commercial vehicles brands. TRATON SE is also a listed company.

In addition to the strengthening of the brand groups, the reorganization and expansion of new units also enabled substantial progress to be made with the “Architecture”, “Software”, “Battery, Charging & Energy”, and “Volkswagen Group Mobility” technology platforms in the reporting year. The structures and product processes at the software subsidiary CARIAD will be optimized further.

We are convinced that our corporate structure, which efficiently connects not only the brand groups but also the technology platforms, will enable us to make better use of existing expertise and economies of scale, leverage synergies more systematically and accelerate decision making. Clear responsibilities and a high degree of business responsibility in the brand groups and technology platforms will enable comprehensive implementation of the Group’s NEW AUTO strategy.

Each brand within the Volkswagen Group is managed by a brand board of management, which is responsible for the brand’s independent and self-contained development and business operations. To the extent permitted by law, the board adheres to the Group targets and requirements laid down by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, as well as with the agreements in the brand groups. This allows Group-wide interests to be pursued, while at the same time safeguarding and reinforcing each brand’s specific characteristics. Matters that are of importance to the Group as a whole are submitted to the Volkswagen AG Board of Management to be agreed upon, to the extent permitted by law. The rights and obligations of the statutory bodies of the relevant brand company thereby remain unaffected.

The Volkswagen Group companies are managed solely by their respective managements. The management of each individual company takes into account not only the interest of its own company but also the interests of the Group, the relevant brand group and the individual brands in accordance with the framework laid down by law.


In May 2023, the Volkswagen Group completed the sale of its shares in OOO Volkswagen Group Rus (Volkswagen Group Rus), Kaluga/Russia, and that company’s local subsidiaries (OOO Volkswagen Components and Services, Kaluga/Russia, OOO Scania Leasing, Moscow/Russia, OOO Scania Finance, Moscow/Russia, OOO Scania Insurance, Moscow/Russia) to OOO ART-FINANCE, Moscow/Russia, which is supported by the Russian dealer AO Avilon Automotive Group, Moscow/Russia. With the registration of the transaction, also in May 2023, ownership of the shares in Volkswagen Group Rus was transferred from the seller to the buyer. The transaction comprises the production facilities in Kaluga, the importer network of the Group brands Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Škoda, Bentley, Lamborghini and Ducati for possible after-sales business and warehouse activities, as well as Scania’s financial services activities, including all associated employees.


Like other international companies, the business of Volkswagen companies is affected by numerous laws in Germany and abroad. In particular, there are legal requirements relating to services, development, products, production and distribution, as well as supervisory, data protection, financial, company, commercial, capital market, anti-trust and tax regulations and regulations relating to labor, banking, state aid, energy, environmental and insurance law.


The Group Corporate Governance Declaration can be found in this annual report and is permanently available on our website at