Increase in capitalized development costs


In fiscal year 2009, research and development costs in the Automotive Division increased by 6.4% year-on-year. The capitalization ratio fell to 33.6% (37.4%). The ratio of research and development costs to sales revenue recognized in the income statement in accordance with IFRSs in the Automotive Division was 5.8% (5.0%).

The Research and Development function employed 25,583 people Group-wide at the end of 2009, corresponding to 6.9% of the total headcount. This figure 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

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

Total research and development costs

 

5,790

 

5,926

 

4,923

 

4,240

 

4,075

of which capitalized
development costs

 

1,947

 

2,216

 

1,446

 

1,478

 

1,432

Capitalization ratio in %

 

33.6

 

37.4

 

29.4

 

34.9

 

35.1

Amortization of capitalized development costs

 

1,586

 

1,392

 

1,843

 

1,826

 

1,438

Research and development costs recognized in the income statement

 

5,429

 

5,102

 

5,320

 

4,588

 

4,081

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