Volkswagenwerk AG increases its involvement in the commercial vehicle business. The cooperation contract signed with the Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG (M.A.N.) provides for the joint development and manufacture of light trucks. In order to unify future sale structures in Europe, the "GmbH für ausländische Vertriebsbeteiligungen M.A.N. - Volkswagen" is founded in Munich on December 20, 1978. It represents the interests of both manufacturers with respect to European importers of M.A.N. and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles products.