Volkswagen AG today reported that net profit fell 35 percent in the first quarter to $2.66 billion as operating earnings dropped at its VW brand and Audi business in the quarter.
"The current environment is definitely a tough challenge for the entire industry," said Martin Winterkorn, the company’s chief executive.
At the same time, the VW Group’s share of the global passenger car market rose year-on-year basis to 12.6 percent, the company reported.
Worldwide unit sales by the Volkswagen Group rose by 5.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 2.4 million vehicles.
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