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VW updates Passat as emission scandal looms

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

For 2016, the Passat gets a much more substantial midcycle update than is VW's custom. The Passat's hood, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers are all new -- the only sheet metal unchanged from the 2015 model are the door panels, roof and body side stamping, VW says.... Read More »

VW faces U.S. criminal probe over diesel emissions violations, report says

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of Volkswagen AG's admission to cheating on federal air pollution tests, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the inquiry, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »


2 senior VW executives to skip Passat event

10:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Two senior Volkswagen executives cancelled a planned appearance at a media event scheduled today to introduce the re-engineered 2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan.... Read More »

Audi's 'Truth in Engineering' ads come back to bite amid probe

8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Audi's advertising pitches under the banner "Truth in Engineering" have come under fire after Volkswagen Group admitted to violating U.S. emissions rules.... Read More »

VW: Next Tiguan to get 'right content and the right price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Volkswagen of America is counting on a bigger and more competitively priced Tiguan to gain market share in the compact crossover segment when the vehicle arrives in 2017.... Read More »

VW orders probe into breach of U.S. emissions rules

9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2015

Volkswagen ordered an external investigation after U.S. regulators found software the carmaker designed for diesel cars gave false emissions data, CEO Martin Winterkorn said Sunday, adding he was "deeply sorry" for the violation of U.S. rules.... Read More »


Volkswagen unveils bigger, lighter Tiguan

Sept. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen has made its new-generation Tiguan compact SUV longer, wider and lower than than the current model and will add a long-wheelbase variant for the U.S. and Chinese markets.... Read More »

VW uses new Tiguan to shift focus back to cars after boardroom battles

Sept. 14, 2015 15:09 CET

VW is using the redesigned Tiguan, its top-selling SUV, to put the focus back on its vehicles after being plagued by leadership issues since the departure of former Chairman Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »

Golf family's sizzling sales spur hope for VW comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

The Golf family is having an outsize effect on VW's performance in the U.S. market, and its success is a function of changes in manufacturing and product planning that could ultimately strengthen the rest of the brand's lineup.... Read More »

Crossovers, derivatives fill VW pipeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Volkswagen may be late to the crossover party, but it intends to make a grand entrance in 2017.... Read More »

VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and July, VW backtracked with an 8.1 percent decline last month. However, the 32,332 vehicles VW sold in August represented its best monthly U.S. sales total of 2015.... Read More »

Post-Piech, VW's Phaeton gets delayed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Tinkering with the $100,000 Volkswagen Phaeton has ended careers at VW.... Read More »

Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET

Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, where Toyota, BMW and Mercedes also produce vehicles, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks.... Read More »

VW delays revamp of Phaeton flagship in profit push, report says

Aug. 21, 2015 10:51 CET

Volkswagen is delaying the introduction of the new Phaeton as the automaker seeks to improve returns on the upscale sedan by lowering production and material costs, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

VW recalls 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix airbags

8:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

VW is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia

Aug. 11, 2015 10:39 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a letter of intent to build a new car plant in Nitra, western Slovakia. JLR will carry out a feasibility study for the factory, which is expected to open in 2018 and reach an annual output of up to 300,000 vehicles by 2025.... Read More »

Automakers fear profit hit as China's price cuts worsen

Aug. 10, 2015 14:53 CET

Recent price cuts -- which some are calling the worst in China's auto history -- were unexpected and are now causing the industry to worry that a damaging price war will ravage profit margins.... Read More »

VW Jetta to get new 1.4-liter turbo engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

A downsized, turbocharged engine will replace the aging four-cylinder in the entry-level Volkswagen Jetta.... Read More »

In playful rivalry, Dodge pokes fun at Volkswagen Passat

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

Dodge has been throwing playful darts at Volkswagen for nearly two years in Charger ads that use the Passat as a target of punchlines. Dodge insists it has no sinister intentions in the commercials. Automotive News Staff Reporter Vince Bond Jr. spoke with Randy Ortiz, head of Dodge and SRT brand advertising, about Dodge's rivalry with VW.... Read More »

VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of America said today.... Read More »

Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July.... Read More »


How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded.... Read More »

VW diesel ad campaign gets sassy

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The Golden Sisters -- Mary Bartnicki, Josie Cavaluzzi and Teresa Dahlquist -- may not be new kids on the block, but they are Volkswagen's secret weapon as it seeks to rebuild its flagging U.S. sales.... Read More »

VW, GM shudder as China profit engine sputters

5:47 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Shock waves from a drop in Chinese car demand are reverberating in Wolfsburg and Detroit, where Volkswagen and GM are feeling the effects of a slowdown in a market that has been their big profit engine. Barclays downgraded GM shares on Thursday, saying it was likely to face the sharpest of the China headwinds among automakers and auto parts makers.... Read More »

Legendary car designer Giugiaro quits company that bears his name

12:42 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original VW Golf and first Fiat Panda, has resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro, the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

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