Wolfsburg, Germany (BBN)-Volkswagen has been pushed into loss by the mounting cost of its emissions scandal.
VW admitted installing software to cheat emissions tests in 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide in September, reports BBC.
The first set of accounts since then show it put aside €6.7bn ($7.4bn; £4.8bn), leaving VW with a €2.52bn pre-tax loss for the third quarter of the year.
Despite the scandal the company still expects sales to grow this year.
VW said it expected profits for the full year to be “down significantly”.
Legal action
VW says the legal costs of the scandal “cannot be estimated at the current time”. But it added: “Considerable financial charges may be incurred as the legal risks crystallize.”
In its quarterly report it outlined the types of litigation it expects to face:
Criminal and civil charges from national regulatory authorities.
Class action or individual civil lawsuits from customers.
Class action or individual civil lawsuits from investors.
In the three months to the end of September, vehicle sales fell 3.7 per cent and production fell 11.6 per cent compared with the same period last year.
However, VW said that it was still forecasting a rise of up to 4 per cent in sales revenue for the whole of the year.
Matthias Mueller, VW’s chief executive and chairman of the board of Management, said: “The figures show the core strength of the Volkswagen Group on the one hand, while on the other the initial impact of the current situation is becoming clear.
“We will do everything in our power to win back the trust we have lost.”
Meanwhile the group has started retrenching and announced earlier this month it would reduce its research and development budget.
In the last three months it has reduced R&D by more than €1bn.
Broken trust
The shares have fallen some 25 per cent since September when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many VW cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, and artificially improved the results.
The group’s chief executive Martin Winterkorn, said his company had “broken the trust of our customers and the public” and resigned to be replaced by Matthias Mueller, the former boss of Porsche.
Volkswagen shares rose 3.2 per cent after the publication of Wednesday’s results, and were the best performing stock on the German Dax 30 index in the first hour of trade.