Volkswagen Brand

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: How automakers can 'punch' up sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2016

How automakers can 'punch' up sales; What's riling VW dealers; Peugeot U.S. comeback?; Entry-level Porsche; Driverless in the U.K.... Read More »

Europe remains bright spot as VW brand sales fall 5% in February

March 11, 2016 09:29 CET

Volkswagen brand's global vehicle sales fell 4.7 percent in February, hit by declines in China, the U.S., Brazil and Russia. However, Europe was a bright spot for VW Group's core unit.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: NADA's heated remarks on VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2016

NADA raps Horn departure, urges meeting with VW brass; NHTSA seeking details on Google car crash; Subaru teases '17 Impreza; More powerful E class; To share or to own?... Read More »

VW brand boss sees U.S. emissions deal within months, report says

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2016

VW brand chief Herbert Diess said it will take months rather than weeks to reach an agreement with U.S. regulators on an emissions fix for 600,000 diesel cars, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

VW to pay staff bonuses for 2015, Audi workers' payouts fall

1:45 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2016

Volkswagen will pay employees a bonus for 2015, despite the scandal over defeat devices used to rig emissions tests in the United States, the company's works council head said.... Read More »

VW T-Cross Breeze signals bigger crossover lineup

2:30 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2016

VW, seeking to move past a diesel emissions scandal, plans an entry in the booming subcompact crossover segment based on a two-door convertible concept shown today at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

VW to revisit U.S. sales goals after emissions cloud lifts

5:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 29, 2016

The head of the Volkswagen brand said the embattled marque will revisit U.S. sales goals only after resolving diesel emissions violations with U.S. regulators.... Read More »

VW, looking past diesel scandal, retools for faster ride

9:08 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2016

The biggest engineering feat on display when Volkswagen unveils an SUV/crossover concept car at the Geneva auto show will be the team developing it: a post-diesel scandal management system crafted to operate faster, cheaper and with a lighter grip on the wheel.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW set to join booming subcompact SUV segment

Feb. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

VW brand is firming up its plans to join Europe's fast-growing subcompact SUV segment and will unveil a near-production concept at the Geneva auto show next week. VW will also debut another concept previewing a model for China, a source said.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Is it the cars, or their drivers, that attract law enforcement?

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2016

On Black Friday I bought a red car. I hesitated to choose red, imagining flashing lights pulling me over. After all, red cars are ticketed more often than cars of other colors, right?... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW led auto r&d spending in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2016

VW claimed bragging rights as the auto industry's top r&d spender last year, according to an annual study compiled by Strategy&, a consulting business launched by PricewaterhouseCoopers.... Read More »

Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or “captive import” that has been successful.... Read More »

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing.... Read More »

VW halts production at Passat, gearbox plants in Germany

Jan. 30, 2016 09:54 CET

Volkswagen halted production at a German factory that builds Passats and at its main gearbox plant as the automaker grapples with reduced demand and technical problems.... Read More »

Italy consumer group to appeal after VW CO2 class action rejected

Jan. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Italian consumer group Altroconsumo will launch an appeal after a court rejected its class action case against Volkswagen in which it accused the carmaker of understating the level of CO2 emissions in one of its Golf models.... Read More »

VW to expand diesel compensation program in U.S. to larger vehicles

12:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Volkswagen has expanded its diesel emissions compensation program to owners of VW SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn said today.... Read More »

VW CEO vows to rebuild trust, credibility

8:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said the embattled automaker's top priority in 2016 is winning back customer trust and credibility in the wake of violations covering diesel emissions in the U.S. and Europe.... Read More »

VW demonstrates versatile MQB platform with off-road hybrid Tiguan

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Volkswagen plans to showcase the versatility of its MQB platform with an off-road ready plug-in hybrid variant of the redesigned Tiguan compact crossover Monday at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

VW to unveil plug-in hybrid Tiguan SUV concept in Detroit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Tiguan SUV concept Volkswagen plans to reveal next week will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, highlighting the automaker's effort to beef up its presence in electric vehicles.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW brand boss Diess will cut expensive engineering habits, report says

Jan. 8, 2016 16:51 CET

VW brand chief Herbert Diess will reduce the automaker's expensive engineering habits by re-using technology and components and avoiding the fussing over details that was common under the company's previous leadership, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

VW slips 9.1% in December; Passat decline offsets Golf, Tiguan

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Volkswagen of America’s sales fell last month as a major drop in Passat midsize sedan sales offset strong Tiguan compact crossover deliveries. The embattled German brand sold 30,956 vehicles last month, off 9.1 percent from December 2014.... Read More »

VW to suspend production at showcase Phaeton plant

Dec. 16, 2015 17:25 CET

Volkswagen will suspend production at the factory that builds the Phaeton sedan in Dresden, Germany, as the carmaker alters its model strategy to cut costs in the wake of the emissions test scandal.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW Microbus returning with electric powertrain?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

The Volkswagen Microbus will return as an electric vehicle, debuting at the CES tech extravaganza before heading into production, according to a report.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW Microbus returning with electric powertrain?

10:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

The Volkswagen Microbus will return as an electric vehicle, debuting at the CES tech extravaganza before heading into production, according to a report.... Read More »

Q&A

New VW Credit CEO will up face time with dealers

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2015

New Volkswagen Credit CEO Horst Meima has a big to-do list. He chatted this week with Automotive News Staff Reporter Hannah Lutz.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust gains in France, Italy and Spai ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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