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Scandal-hit Volkswagen aims to invest €10bn in car tech

Andreas Cremer

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

Volkswagen plans to introduce more than 30 electric-powered vehicles by 2025
Volkswagen plans to introduce more than 30 electric-powered vehicles by 2025

Volkswagen will invest more than €10bn by 2025 in areas such as electric cars and ride-hailing as it seeks to reshape its business in the wake of its emissions-test cheating scandal, it said yesterday.

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Europe's biggest carmaker said it would fund "the biggest change process in the company's history" with an efficiency drive, including integrating components businesses that currently employ 67,000 people in 26 locations worldwide.

"The Volkswagen Group will be more focused, efficient, innovative, customer-driven and sustainable - and systematically geared to generating profitable growth," ceo Matthias Mueller said, launching a plan called 'TOGETHER - Strategy 2025'.

Volkswagen is battling to recover from the biggest business crisis in its 79-year history after admitting in September to cheating US diesel emissions tests. The company has set aside $18bn to cover the cost of vehicle refits and a settlement with US authorities, and analysts expect more fines and legal costs.

The scandal has cast a shadow over the entire market for diesel cars, which account for about half of new vehicle sales in Europe, and has ramped up pressure on Volkswagen to cut costs at its namesake brand, which lags rivals' profitability .

The company said it planned to launch more than 30 electric vehicles over the next ten years, forecasting they would account for 2-3 million unit sales in 2025.

It also said it would build a services business encompassing areas such as ride-hailing and car-sharing that it expects to generate sales in the billions of euro by 2025, as well as developing its own autonomous driving and battery technologies. (Reuters)

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