Volkswagen Group employees will get a EUR7,500 bonus this year after the carmaker booked record 2011 profits.

At the group’s annual press conference, chairman Martin Winterkorn was questioned about the size of the employees’ bonus, and his own 90% pay rise, when shareholders have only seen an increase of around 33% in their dividends.

The question was answered by chief financial officer Hans Dieter Potsch: “For shareholders it is not only dividends that count but corporate success and the corresponding increase in share price. I don’t think they have any cause for complaint.”