Volkswagen defied the pandemic to submit working income of €10bn final 12 months after the German group benefited from a late Chinese language-led restoration within the international automobile market.
The world’s largest carmaker, which appeared set to file massive losses within the early months of the Covid-19 disaster, hailed “fairly sturdy” gross sales within the second half of 2020, in a launch forward of full leads to February.
VW Group, which incorporates the Audi, Porsche and Seat manufacturers, stated the ultimate three months of final 12 months have been the strongest.
It helped the Wolfsburg-based firm submit working income, earlier than one-off expenses associated to the diesel emissions scandal, that have been about half that of the €19.3bn in 2019, and internet money move of roughly €6bn.
Shares rose 3 per cent to €166.62 by early afternoon buying and selling in Frankfurt.
VW is the primary massive automaker to launch figures for the pandemic-ridden 12 months, wherein general gross sales are anticipated to dip by greater than 15 per cent worldwide.
Arndt Ellinghorst, an auto analyst at Bernstein, praised the power of VW to show a considerable revenue “in one of many worst financial downturns ever”.
“They’ve generated €5.7bn in free money move within the fourth quarter,” he stated. “That’s actually, actually huge.”
He added: “The monetary market utterly underestimates the ability of all these conventional carmakers.”
Whereas the VW marque stuttered in 2020, with delayed launches of its Golf 8 mannequin and its flagship electrical automobile, the ID. 3, the group’s premium manufacturers loved a unprecedented rebound, notably in China.
Audi recorded its best-ever quarter within the final three months of 2020, promoting greater than half one million vehicles within the interval for the primary time.
Porsche gross sales dropped simply 3 per cent over the course of the 12 months, and deliveries in China have been up by greater than 2,000 items on 2019, regardless of widespread lockdowns and dealership closures.
Total, the VW Group offered 15 per cent fewer vehicles final 12 months than in 2019.
The preliminary figures adopted the group’s announcement it must pay more than €100m to Brussels after failing to promote sufficient battery-powered and hybrid vehicles to satisfy the EU’s CO2 emissions targets.
Whereas the monetary hit has already been booked in earlier quarters, the penalty marks a setback for the group, which is betting tens of billions of euros on a bid to overhaul Tesla as the electrical automobile superpower.
Herbert Diess, chief government, stated the pandemic had hampered the rollout of emissions-free automobiles, however emphasised the carmaker would meet its targets in 2021.
Home rival BMW stated on Friday it had exceeded its EU goal, which was to deliver down fleet-wide emissions to 104 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre pushed, by roughly 5 grammes, ending 2020 with a mean of 99g/km.