Volkswagen’s Biggest Research Budget Offers Plenty to Cut: Chart

Volkswagen AG, the world’s biggest spender on research and development, is looking to get more out of its investment. Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller wants to trim R&D expenses to 6 percent of sales from 6.4 percent last year, backing off from the runaway spending practices under predecessor Martin Winterkorn. Still, the manufacturer, which topped the R&D rankings for a fourth consecutive year in 2015, plans to invest more than 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) by 2025 to roll out 30 electric cars and develop a mobility-services division.

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