Volkswagen

Luxury makers move into new hot spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Luxury-segment executives at last week's Paris auto show made it clear that they intend to attack new corners of the business as high-end customers emerge with nontraditional expectations.... Read More »

 

Bentley joins ultra-luxury fast lane with Mulsanne Speed

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Bentley is moving into the fast lane of ultra-luxury cars with a new version of its flagship saloon, aiming to grab a bigger slice of a market expected to double in size by 2018. The 95-year-old brand is launching the Mulsanne Speed under the strapline "the world's fastest ultra-luxury driving experience."... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Lamborghini unveils 910-hp plug-in hybrid Asterion

Oct. 2, 2014 09:45 CET
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the 910-hp Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in hybrid supercar concept unveiled at the Paris auto show is a "ground-breaking, crucial step" for the VW-owned company.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.... Read More »

 

Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the year.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET
VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets.... Read More »

 

Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2 emissions

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn warned EU regulators that it would be "fatal" to overburden the auto industry with tougher CO2 emission targets before a market can develop for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other fuel-efficient models.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

EU probes Portugal's MQB platform aid to Volkswagen

Oct. 1, 2014 12:37 CET
The European Union has launched an investigation into Volkswagen's planned receipt of 36.15 million euros ($45.6 million) of state aid for investing in its MQB platform technology at a plant in Portugal.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Heinz-Gerhard Wente

Oct. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Heinz-Gerhard Wente, head of Continental's ContiTech division, is this year's Eurostar winner for Supplier Division CEO.... Read More »

 

SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET
SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments.... Read More »

 

UAW, 2 German labor groups join forces in bid to organize VW Tenn. plant

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The UAW and two top German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, a top UAW official said today.... Read More »

 

French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations.... Read More »

 

VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

How to drive dealers back to Washington, D.C.?

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Martens Volvo-Volkswagen were the first car dealerships in Washington, D.C. – and the last.... Read More »

 

Skoda denies report on investment curb in India

Sept. 26, 2014 16:01 CET
Skoda says it remains committed to its Indian operations after a report suggested that the automaker may cut investments in the market over concerns about the country's business environment.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment.... Read More »

 

VW picks Kantner to lead India sales

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group has named Manfred Kantner the new head of passenger car sales for India and the Far East at the group's namesake brand. India has been a trouble spot for VW brand since growth slowed in 2012.... Read More »

 

Aleris to invest $350 million in U.S. to meet growing auto aluminum demand

10:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Aleris plans to invest $350 million to expand its rolling aluminum mill in Kentucky and start its first U.S. automotive body sheet production to meet burgeoning demand for lightweight materials in North America.... Read More »

 

Skoda to invest 450 million euros to expand Czech plant

Sept. 24, 2014 10:56 CET
Skoda will invest 450 million euros in its Czech plant in Kvasiny, a local news agency quoted a senior company executive as saying. The plant, which builds the Yeti compact crossover, also will build Seat's forthcoming SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week.... Read More »

 

BMW names former Audi exec to lead high-performance M unit

Sept. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has appointed Franciscus "Frank" van Meel as head of its M in-house performance unit. Van Meel ran Audi's quattro division until April of this year.... Read More »

 

VW, Ford, GM, Toyota dominate North American Car and Truck of the Year short list

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Volkswagen Group of America has four vehicles in the running for North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.... Read More »

 

Fiat, VW must face lawsuit over fuel figures, group says

Sept. 23, 2014 15:35 CET
An Italian consumer group is inviting car buyers to join a lawsuit against Fiat and VW over allegations that two of the automakers' vehicles were between 18 percent and 50 percent less fuel efficient than stated by the companies.... Read More »

 

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