Volkswagen Brand

VW weighs battery pacts with Panasonic, LG Chem, report says

10:42 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2016

VW may partner with EV battery specialists such as LG Chem or Panasonic as it overhauls its strategy to emerge from diesel emissions violations, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. VW's supervisory board has discussed investing around $1.89 billion per battery factory at several sites around the world, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are confidential.... Read More »

VW recalls 5,900 gas-powered Touran minivans

July 6, 2016 22:00 CET

VW is recalling almost 6,000 gas-powered Touran medium minivans worldwide to replace the models' front gas bottles, it said. The recall is due to potential risks that corrosion might cause the gas tank to burst and thus create a "considerable injury risk," VW said.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A 5-point plan to make the most of VW's buybacks

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2016

Volkswagen's settlement with U.S. regulators over diesel emissions violations requires the company to buy back certain cars from owners and presents the embattled company with a terrific opportunity to repair its battered image. Here's how it can do it.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: What's the VW settlement about? Heavy-duty trucks, of course

9:22 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2016

June 28 was not exactly a red-letter day for diesel technology. If you’re in the diesel business, the headlines and the news coverage was not pretty. And the spin control was in overdrive.... Read More »

VW says U.S. diesel settlement won't be replicated in Europe

11:57 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2016

Volkswagen's CEO rejected calls for the company to compensate customers in Europe over diesel emissions violations along the lines of its $15 billion deal in the U.S., telling a German newspaper a similar settlement would be inappropriate and unaffordable.... Read More »

JUNE U.S. SALES

Trucks drive Nissan, FCA, Ford, Honda as industry rebounds with 2.4% gain; GM, Toyota fall

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2016

Nissan, Ford, FCA and Honda, riding strong truck demand, posted solid sales gains in June as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a May slump. But the SAAR came in at 16.68 million, well below May's 17.46 million rate and lower than the consensus forecast of 17.2 million. Automakers are counting on low interest rates, stable fuel prices, rising wages and near-full employment to counter some headwinds and continue driving sales in the second half.... Read More »

VOLKSWAGEN: More pain for VW brand, another record for Audi

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2016

Volkswagen of America posted its lowest June sales since 2010 while luxury sibling Audi notched another monthly record on surging crossover sales last month.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy

2:45 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2016

Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners.... Read More »

VW drops low-volume Jetta Hybrid in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2016

Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid for 2017, ending a run of three model years for the lone hybrid in its U.S. lineup.... Read More »

VW drops Jetta Hybrid from U.S. lineup

11:35 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2016

Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid for the 2017 model year, eliminating the lone hybrid in its U.S. lineup.... Read More »

VW gets approval for fixes on another 1 million diesel cars

June 22, 2016 12:07 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 1 million diesel cars, mainly Golf models, and expects the number to keep growing.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: For Europe's small cars, it's war

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Ford's other small-car battlefront; Why Smart's not planning SUV; Cruze hatchback price: $22,190; Canadian supplier chats with Google, Apple; Hyundai safety tech, in song.... Read More »

Skoda vehicles coming to a dealership near you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Once a byword for Communist-era shoddy workmanship, Skoda is considering leaping into the U.S. market.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight

June 9, 2016 10:32 CET

Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment in a bid to keep the car among Europe's top-selling compact SUVs. Last year the Tiguan ranked second in the segment behind the Nissan Qashqai.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Lighter, roomier Audi A5 coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2016

Lighter, roomier Audi A5 coupe; Toyota halts output again; Genesis plans luxury EV; BMW shifts its 'i' to self-driving; Ammann: GM has 'all the pieces' for next steps in mobility.... Read More »

ANE's June e-magazine goes live Monday

June 3, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, June 6.... Read More »

VW's U.S. volume tumbles 17% for worst May since 2010

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. sales total since 2011, while luxury sibling Audi narrowly notched its 65th straight year-over-year monthly sales record last month.... Read More »

MAY U.S. SALES

May sales drop 6.1% on weak car sales; SAAR stays strong

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

The U.S. auto industry recorded its biggest monthly sales drop in nearly six years in May as most automakers posted declines amid plunging demand for passenger cars. May volume fell 6.1 percent to 1.5 million vehicles. Still, the SAAR came in at 17.46 million, a level on par with last year’s record sales.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Industry having car trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2016

Snyder: Industry having car trouble; Profits up at VW Group, down at VW brand; Floods in Germany halt Audi production; Blast at Toyota supplier plant; France shedding PSA stake?... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota makes progress in Plano

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2016

Early look at Toyota's new Texas HQ; Can minivans help keep FCA's win streak going?; Cadillacs, coffee and culture in NYC; More range for VW e-Golf; Nissan plans 'massive' ad push.... Read More »

VW’s e-Golf to close the gap with i3

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2016

Volkswagen says it will substantially expand the range of its e-Golf when a face-lifted version of the battery electric hatchback goes into production in December.... Read More »

VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2016

Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in major markets.... Read More »

VW weighs second EV platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed.... Read More »

VW preps new strategy to become 'mobility provider'

8:04 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

Volkswagen, aiming to become a "mobility provider," will introduce a new strategy comprising eight key initiatives in mid-June, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday in a speech to senior company managers. The embattled automaker has been working on a new blueprint for its core auto business that it hopes will boost profitability once it emerges from an emissions test-rigging scandal.... Read More »

VW Group faces U.S. patent probe over hybrids

12:50 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation into whether Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries infringed upon hybrid electric vehicle patents owned by Baltimore-based Paice.... Read More »

 
Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands

Christiaan Hetzner
7:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29 2016

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How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is ...
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Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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