Martin Winterkorn (L) and Bernd Osterloh (R)Germany – Claiming that it is making “significant progress” on its way to becoming “the world’s most environmentally compatible automaker”, the OEM released a 152-page report on its economic, environmental and social sustainability performance last year.

In particular, the report shows that energy consumption per vehicle produced was 12.5% lower than the figure for the base year 2010 and that CO2 emissions were down by 19.5%. The Group now takes one-third of its electric power from renewable sources. In addition, almost two-thirds of the vehicles delivered in Europe last year by Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Seat and Skoda had emissions below 130g CO2/km.

Describing the report as “a business card” for the Group, Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said the report “demonstrates our long-term motives and motivation on the basis of clear figures and many examples – we are committed to responsible action with a long-term orientation”.