Volkswagen Group’s main brand registered a 12 percent drop in its profit for the second quarter, down to 808 million euros from 914 million euros from the same period a year ago.

Despite cost-cutting measures and efforts to improve efficiency levels, the VW passenger car marque saw profit margins drop to 2.9 percent from 3.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015.

During the January to June period, the VW brand absorbed 1.5 billion euros of the 2.2 billion euros the VW Group committed to covering the costs of its diesel emissions scandal.

VW has been attempting to revive its core brand by accelerating product development, deepening cuts and providing regional operations with more autonomy.