Performance program: Volkswagen brand aims to become more efficient and more profitable

  • Global “ACCELERATE FORWARD | Road to 6.5” program for greater efficiency and higher profits at lower cost
  • Implementation of 6.5 percent return on sales to safeguard future investment and employment
  • Sustainable increase in earnings of around 10 billion euros in 2026
  • CEO Thomas Schäfer: “The program is the number one priority for the entire Board of Management. We are getting an enormous concerted effort off the ground to build new strength for the Volkswagen brand and position it robustly for future growth.”
  • General Works Council Chairwoman Daniela Cavallo: “I expect a convincing dovetailing of the strategically decisive fields of Group management, cooperation between the brands, focus on software and product quality.”
  • Stephan Wöllenstein appointed as head of the Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Program milestones are to be developed and adopted in consultation with employee representatives by October 2023

Wolfsburg. Volkswagen intends to drive up its performance and profitability in the long term with the “ACCELERATE FORWARD | Road to 6.5” global performance program.
The goal is to sustainably achieve a return on sales of 6.5 percent to safeguard investments in future technologies and jobs. To this end, the brand plans to improve earnings by around 10 billion euros in 2026. At today’s works meeting held at the Wolfsburg headquarters, Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer outlined important milestones of the program, such as streamlining and accelerating administrative processes, increasing efficiency in development and production, streamlining the model range, and at the same time reducing the number of equipment variants and further improving product quality. Volkswagen is setting up a Project Management Office (PMO) to develop and manage the program. Stephan Wöllenstein, top manager at VW, will take over its management. The program is to be implemented in close consultation with the employee representatives. All measures should be up and running by October 2023.

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