In Europe, the principal companies are Volkswagen Bank GmbH, Volkswagen Leasing GmbH and Volkswagen Versicherungsdienst GmbH. VW CREDIT, INC. operates financial services activities in North America.
In 2019, Volkswagen Financial Services and the Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) launched the “Blaue Flotte” (Blue Fleet), an e-mobility program for fleet customers. The initiative centers on investment in climate-relevant bog protection projects. One of the major focuses is on renaturation of the Sulinger Moor in Lower Saxony. In future, the “Blaue Flotte” label will bring together all e-mobility offerings from Volkswagen Financial Services in Germany.
The international fleet business has been further strengthened with a majority shareholding in FleetLogistics. The other shareholder is TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH. This strategic partnership will combine and further develop mobility services for fleet customers. The online used vehicle platform heycar from Volkswagen Financial Services is expanding: after the positive performance in Germany, where heycar launched in October 2017, the platform is now also serving dealers and customers in the United Kingdom and in Spain. Since the reporting year, they have been able to use the internet platform to find high-quality used vehicles with warranties.
Volkswagen Financial Services is further expanding its involvement in the mobility business and acquired 100% of the shares in LogPay Financial Services GmbH (LPFS) in the reporting year. LPFS owns LogPay Mobility Services, a leading payment services provider for local public transport in Germany. With the takeover of LPFS, Volkswagen Financial Services is able to centralize its fuel card business and become one of the leading fuel and road toll service providers in Europe. To further expand the strategic business area related to parking, Volkswagen Financial Services acquired 75.1% of the shares in PTV Truckparking B.V. from PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG from Karlsruhe. Based in Utrecht (Netherlands), the company operates the web platform and smartphone app Truck Parking Europe. A popular service aimed at truck drivers, this helps users find and reserve truck parking spaces along motorways. The new “Ubility” hub from Volkswagen Financial Services encourages cooperation between business, researchers, universities and start-ups. The hub aims to develop brand-independent services and products from Volkswagen Financial Services and make them market-ready.