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Annual Report

Key R&D figures

In fiscal year 2010, research and development costs in the Automotive Division increased by 26.5% year-on-year. The capitalization ratio was 26.6% (33.6%). The ratio of research and development costs to sales revenue recognized in the income statement in accordance with IFRSs in the Automotive Division rose to 6.1% (5.8%).

On December 31, 2010, the Research and Development function employed 27,406 people Group-wide (+7.1%), corresponding to 6.9% of the total headcount. This figure also includes the staff at the vehicle production investments Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd. and FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd. These companies are accounted for using the equity method.

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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COSTS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE DIVISION

 

 

€ million

 

2010

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

Total research and development costs

 

6,257

 

5,790

 

5,926

 

4,923

 

4,240

of which capitalized development costs

 

1,667

 

1,947

 

2,216

 

1,446

 

1,478

Capitalization ratio in %

 

26.6

 

33.6

 

37.4

 

29.4

 

34.9

Amortization of capitalized development costs

 

2,276

 

1,586

 

1,392

 

1,843

 

1,826

Research and development costs recognized in the income statement

 

6,866

 

5,429

 

5,102

 

5,320

 

4,588

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