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The operations of a global Vehicle Manufacturer, such as Volkswagen, called 'The Group'.

The Group manufactures components for all marques of the whole Group, and also manufactures complete vehicles for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles marques.[12] Volkswagen Group is divided into two primary divisions: the Automotive Division, and the Financial Services Division.[1] The Group consists of 342 Group companies, which are involved in either vehicle production or other related automotive services.[1] The Group's subsidiaries include well-known brands such as SEAT, Audi, Škoda, and the prestige brands Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. The Group also has operations in commercial vehicles, owning Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, along with a controlling stake in Swedish truck and diesel engine maker Scania AB, and a 29.9% stake in MAN SE. Volkswagen's second-largest market is China, where its subsidiary, Volkswagen Group China (VGC), is the largest joint venture automaker, selling more than one million vehicles in 2008.[1] The Volkswagen Golf is the third bestselling automobile in the world, selling over 26 million units through 2008.[1] In 2009, Volkswagen Group sold 6.31 million vehicles,[2] claiming over 11% of the world passenger car market.[16] Volkswagen AG is heavily involved in sports sponsorship, with investments having included the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2014 Winter Games,[17][18] as well as the David Beckham Academy. The company also wholly owns the Bundesliga football side VfL Wolfsburg. [19] The company is also the shirt sponsor of Major League Soccer club D.C. United. In August 2009, Porsche SE and Volkswagen Group reached an agreement that Volkswagen AG and Porsche AG would merge in 2011.[20][21]

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