"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH", founded with the participation of the city-state Berlin and the "Schleicher GmbH & Co. Relais-Werke KG", is entered into the commercial Register. Volkswagen has a 50% interest in the Berlin subsidiary, which concentrates on using the Group's expertise in the field of technical software. During the coming years the enterprise expands its services and customers base. The company, renamed "goads GmbH" on January 1, 1998, develops and implements systems solutions for the entire automobile and production industry. In 2000, goads rises to become the third largest German IT consulting company and one of the leading e-business systems integrators in Europe. goads GmbH is converted into a joint stock company on May 27, 2001, and is sold to the Telekom subsidiary T-systems on January 1, 2006.