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VW reaches pact with China dealers

Jan. 26, 2015 11:24 CET
VW says it has reached an agreement with its dealers in China and pledged to continue setting reasonable sales targets to ensure a financially sound distribution network as demand in the world's biggest auto market slows.... Read More »

 

Audi readies Q1 compact SUV after Fiat rebuff over name

Jan. 26, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi is reluctantly using the Q1 badge for its new compact SUV after failing to gain permission from Fiat Chrysler to call it the Q2, a name held by Alfa Romeo.... Read More »

 

How VW veered off target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Competition has heated up, the Jetta and Passat have cooled off, and with back-to-back yearly declines, VW has missed out on a key boom period in U.S. auto sales -- a sore spot with dealers who made big bets on sustained sales growth.... 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 »

 

Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East.... 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 »

 

Reports aim to aid VW certified used sales

6:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Volkswagen of America will provide free CarStory Market Reports to VW dealers to help educate consumers about the benefits of VW's certified used-vehicle program and to help dealers sell more certified used VW vehicles.... Read More »

 

Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. The biggest gains will come from a full year of availability of the compact Q3 crossover, which launched last fall, and a larger allocation of Q5 crossovers for the U.S., Keogh says.... Read More »

 

ALAN BROWN, VOLKSWAGEN NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY COUNCIL

Volkswagen dealer: 'We've got to get in the game'

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
It may have taken 18 straight months of falling sales, but it seems that Volkswagen AG finally got the message in 2014 that its U.S. operation needed more focus to hit its goal of selling 800,000 VW vehicles by 2018.... Read More »

 

Watch out, quick-lube shops, here comes VW

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
With improving vehicle quality cutting into dealerships' warranty work, Volkswagen of America wants more of its dealers to open quick-service operations to keep their repair shops busy.... Read More »

 

BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf.... Read More »

 

About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint.... Read More »

 

RALPH MAURO, AUDI NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

200,000 and 2016 are the magic numbers at Audi

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Audi's sales are growing twice as fast as luxury sales overall, profits are coming in above 3 percent of dealership sales, and Audi dealers have about $1 billion invested in new "Terminal" dealership construction or renovation projects. Ralph Mauro says the product cadence will slow in 2015 before big-time products such as the redesigned Q7 SUV and A4 lineup start arriving in large numbers in 2016.... Read More »

 

Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Jan. 22, 2015 11:11 CET
Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast.... Read More »

 

Toyota keeps top spot despite strong VW challenge

2:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyota defended its crown as the world's biggest automaker in 2014, keeping a slim lead over Volkswagen. But Toyota forecast sales to slump 1 percent in the current calendar year, on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets.... Read More »

 

VW mulls separate listing of trucks business, report says

Jan. 21, 2015 15:16 CET
Volkswagen may restructure its truck business so that it could be spun off to raise cash, a German magazine reported. VW has hired former Daimler manager Andreas Renschler to integrate the unit, which includes Scania and MAN.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

VW targets 'significant' savings by reducing variety of parts

Jan. 21, 2015 16:36 CET
Volkswagen Group plans to boost profitability by scaling back the range of components at its main VW brand. Reducing the variety of parts used in VW vehicles will offer "significant savings potential," finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch said.... Read More »

 

Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Jan. 20, 2015 15:38 CET
Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand.... Read More »

 

Audi to sit out Super Bowl for first time in 7 years

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Volkswagen's Audi brand, for the first time in seven years, isn't advertising during the Super Bowl this year, a spokesman confirmed today. The news comes a day after a Ford spokeswoman said the Ford and Lincoln brands wouldn't participate either.... 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 »

 

VW's Seat brand recruits Ford designer Lamm

Jan. 19, 2015 12:39 CET
Volkswagen's Seat brand has recruited Ford of Europe stylist Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Bentley joins VW's party of quirky names

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Now we can add a new head-scratcher name to the list: the Bentley Bentayga. That's what Bentley is christening its first-ever SUV, which will be introduced later this year and will go on sale in 2016.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Volkswagen dealerships focused on profitability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After two years of backsliding from the Volkswagen brand's goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the U.S., returning dealers to profitability is the top priority for 2015, the head of VW's dealer council says.... Read More »

 

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