Volkswagen

VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET
Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Handicapping the finalists for North American Car, Truck of Year

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Automakers love winning awards for best in show. Most would dispatch an executive to Nome, Alaska, in February to pick up some shiny hardware for the company’s trophy case.... Read More »

 

Autoweek names Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon as 2015 Best of the Best

7:50 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Autoweek, the auto enthusiast sister publication of Automotive News, today named the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GMC Canyon truck as its Best of the Best car and truck for 2015.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Poached from BMW, Diess in position for VW CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volkswagen's decision to poach BMW product development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in the pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of what could soon be the world's largest automaker.... Read More »

 

Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said.... Read More »

 

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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Dec. 15, 2014 06:30 CET
Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

UAW makes strides in South, but it's not done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Persistence has paid off for the UAW in Chattanooga, less than a year after the union lost an organizing election at Volkswagen's plant there.... Read More »

 

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st diesel plug-in hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain.... Read More »

 

Audi Q7 slims down for 2015

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV. By reducing the size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum, the three-row SUV drops 716 pounds.... Read More »

 

Skoda shifts new Superb flagship upscale

Dec. 12, 2014 10:13 CET
Skoda will launch the third generation of its Superb flagship in mid-2015 after the midsize sedan debuts at the Geneva auto show in March. Skoda said the new Superb has shifted to the upper end of its segment.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
BWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologic suspension damper control system. Harman supplies the supercar's infotainment and navigation system.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh.... Read More »

 

VW has 10 million sales in sight despite flat November

Dec. 12, 2014 12:54 CET
VW Group's global vehicle sales increased just 1 percent in November as its business was hit by slumps in Russia and Brazil. The automaker, however, remains confident it will meet a full-year target of 10 million deliveries.... Read More »

 

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Audi exec says cyberstores link physical, virtual worlds

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's cyberstores in London, Beijing and Berlin showcase the brand's technology by presenting its entire model lineup in a digital format. Horst Hanschur, Audi's head of business development, explained the benefits to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Mercedes needs China boost to regain global luxury sales lead, exec says

Dec. 10, 2014 15:29 CET
Mercedes needs to catch up with rivals BMW and Audi in China to meet its goal of becoming the global No. 1 in luxury car sales by 2020, Hubertus Troska, the carmaker's China chief, said.... Read More »

 

BMW brand tops Audi, Mercedes but lead narrows

Dec. 10, 2014 11:33 CET
BMW brand sales rose 6 percent last month, its highest-ever November sales. The result beat Audi and Mercedes, but the two rivals remain on course to narrow BMW's 2014 lead as the No.1 global luxury brand.... Read More »

 

VW hires BMW exec Diess to lead core car brand

Dec. 9, 2014 08:18 CET
VW Group has appointed BMW development chief Herbert Diess to its management board. Diess, 56, will take over as chairman of the VW passenger car brand from CEO Martin Winterkorn, effective Oct. 1, 2015, the company said.... Read More »

 

Audi's November sales rise 11% on China demand

Dec. 9, 2014 15:08 CET
Audi's vehicle sales increased 11 percent in November, bolstered by double-digit growth in China and the U.S. Deliveries through November were up 10 percent to 1.59 million, already beating last year's record 1.58 million sales.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen said to plan car production in Nigeria

Dec. 9, 2014 18:54 CET
VW plans to start assembling cars in Nigeria, joining PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Nissan, which build cars in the country. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation and is emerging as a key growth driver for the continent.... Read More »

 

UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday.... Read More »

 

VW to unveil concept crossover in Detroit for U.S., report says

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Volkswagen plans to show an SUV concept at the Detroit auto show next month as the automaker seeks a larger presence in lucrative crossover segments to boost sales in the US market, company sources say.... Read More »

 

Skoda expects record 1 million sales in 2014

Dec. 8, 2014 14:52 CET
Skoda expects to sell a record 1 million vehicles this year on surging sales in China and stable business in Europe after global volume through November reached 955,300. Year-to-date sales already have exceeded Skoda's 2013 volume.... Read More »

 

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