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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept lands in Shanghai

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Volkswagen, continuing a march upmarket, unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept this week at the Shanghai auto show. Meant to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if it goes into production, the C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing providing extra power; electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery.... Read More »

Volkswagen extends Routan ignition-switch recalls

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Volkswagen is recalling 20,676 Routan minivans with potentially faulty ignition switches. It is an extension of recalls for ignition-switch defects that replaced only detent plungers, instead of the full ignition switch.... Read More »

VW shows off GTI Supersport concept for video game

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Volkswagen has unveiled a second high-performance concept for “Gran Turismo 6” on the Playstation 3 game system. The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo was released today. The “classic Golf design is instantly recognizable” within the concept, according to the game.... Read More »

VW brand sales fall nearly 1% in March on weak Russia, Brazil

April 14, 2015 12:46 CET

Volkswagen Group said sales of its core VW brand fell 0.9 percent last month. "Demanding" conditions in South America, especially Brazil, along with the Russian market slump, impacted deliveries, according to sales and marketing chief, Christian Klingler.... Read More »

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswagen Eos will be cancelled to streamline VW's lineup.... Read More »

Wolfgang Porsche backs VW chief Winterkorn after Piech's criticism

9:49 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2015

VW board member Wolfgang Porsche threw his support behind Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn two days after his cousin and VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech publicly criticized the chief executive. The comments by Porsche indicates that Piech, who has spent almost 22 years at the helm of VW, nine as CEO, may be isolated within the supervisory board.... Read More »

VW in full-blown crisis as Winterkorn pledges to fight for job

8:15 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Volkswagen has plunged into a full-blown leadership crisis after CEO Martin Winterkorn let it be known on Saturday he will fight for his job even though the company's powerful chairman has reportedly withdrawn confidence in the chief executive.... Read More »

VW Passat, CC sedans get U.S. scrutiny for possible electrical flaw

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

U.S. safety regulators said they have opened an investigation into an estimated 30,000 Volkswagen sedans for a potential electrical defect that could affect the performance of the driver's-side airbag and other parts.... Read More »

Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat.... Read More »

VW identifies half of planned 5 billion euros in cuts

March 12, 2015 11:50 CET

VW Group has identified cost cuts worth about half of the planned 5 billion euro ($5.29 billion) target at its core passenger-car brand. VW could discontinue its three-door Polo as part of the savings program, CEO Martin Winterkorn said, a move that would save millions.... Read More »

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BMW, VW changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

March 11, 2015 06:01 CET

When Harald Krueger becomes CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as boss of the VW brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their early or mid-50s, marking a generational shift for the industry.... Read More »

VW plans $1 billion expansion of Mexico plant to add Tiguan output

12:31 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

VW will invest around $1 billion to expand its Puebla, Mexico, plant to produce a longer, redesigned Tiguan compact crossover. The investment will cover new high-technology assembly lines and will generate some 2,000 jobs. Tiguan output will begin in 2016, with the vehicle hitting the market the following year.... Read More »

VW will drop 3-door Polo to cut cost, sources say

March 6, 2015 17:44 CET

VW will probably stop making three-door versions of the Polo hatchback, as Europe's largest carmaker accelerates cost cutting at its core division, company sources said.... Read More »

VW plans $1 billion investment in Mexico to support Tiguan output, report says

6:31 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

VW plans an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla assembly plant, Reuters reported Thursday. The capital outlay, aimed at supporting production of the Tiguan compact crossover, is due to be unveiled on Monday and is expected to generate about 1,900 jobs.... Read More »

VW Passat named European Car of the Year

March 2, 2015 17:28 CET

The Volkswagen Passat is Europe's 2015 Car of the Year, marking the third time in six years that VW has won the title. The Passat beat its nearest competitor, the Citroen C4 Cactus, by nearly 100 points. The Mercedes C class finished third in the voting.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW says new Touran is lighter, roomier, more frugal

Feb. 25, 2015 12:13 CET

VW's new lighter, roomier Touran minivan will offer the biggest luggage compartment in its class, along with new active and passive safety features and seamless connectivity to Apple and Android smartphones, the automaker said.... Read More »

VW Eos output will end on declining cabrio demand

Feb. 23, 2015 19:06 CET

VW plans to stop making its Eos cabriolet as customer tastes shift away from convertibles in general and retractable hardtops like the Eos in particular. European sales of convertibles from volume carmakers fell 20 percent last year.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

BMW expands minivan lineup with 7-seat 2 series

Feb. 11, 2015 16:45 CET

BMW will expand its minivan lineup with the seven-seat 2-series Gran Tourer that goes on sale in Europe in June. The latest 2-series variant will debut next month at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state.... Read More »

VW dealers begin to see upside of U.S. sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2015

Volkswagen dealers in the United States who once bristled at the way the brand pursued its 800,000-unit-a-year sales goal now sound more positive, amid increasing signs that they won't have to shoulder the burden themselves.... Read More »

VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says

Jan. 29, 2015 16:09 CET

VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said.... Read More »

Cost-cutting VW baffles experts with Phaeton plans

Jan. 28, 2015 10:05 CET

With VW having embarked on a big cost-cutting drive, industry experts are baffled why the "people's car" maker plans to spend millions of euros upgrading the money-losing Phaeton premium sedan. Analysts say the costly car should be axed.... Read More »

Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.... Read More »

VW dealers welcome profit-focused message

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Volkswagen of America executives told dealers to expect a small uptick in U.S. sales this year as they await the early 2017 arrival of two North America-built crossovers and the promise of larger sales growth to follow.... Read More »

Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S.

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Volkswagen has more than just an SUV offensive up its sleeve as the company considers adding -- and deleting -- some models in its U.S. lineup. VW executives indicate that a new VW van and high-performance Golf hatchback may make their way stateside.... Read More »

 
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