Volkswagen Brand

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 »

VW diesel civil suits to be heard in California

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

More than 500 civil lawsuits filed against VW over the use of software to evade diesel emissions limits will be heard by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in northern California, after VW and the Justice Department urged that the cases be heard in Detroit.... Read More »

THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

Volkswagen's U.S. emissions-cheating lawsuits to be heard in California

Dec. 8, 2015 23:09 CET

A San Francisco judge will oversee more than 500 consumer lawsuits against Volkswagen Group over claims of economic losses connected to rigged emissions-testing software.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new VW Touran

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

Assembly of the third-generation Volkswagen Touran began in June 2015 at the German automaker's factory in Wolfsburg. Output is expected to peak at more than 120,000 units next year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW knew fuel use in some cars was too high a year ago, report says

Nov. 29, 2015 19:28 CET

VW Group's top executives knew a year ago that some of the company's cars were much less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, a German newspaper reported. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn decided to stop sales of the Polo TDI BlueMotion because the discrepancy was particularly pronounced, the paper said.... Read More »

Bolder Beetle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The production version of the Dune, unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is inspired by the Baja Bugs of the 1970s.... Read More »

VW, under deadline, submits fix to 2.0-liter diesel emissions violations

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The EPA and California air regulators received an initial proposal from Volkswagen, which faced a Friday deadline, to address emissions violations with the company's 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. Details about the fix were not released and VW officials were not immediately available for comment.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW mulls closure of showpiece Phaeton plant, report says

Nov. 19, 2015 17:46 CET

VW may close its so-called "transparent factory" in Germany that builds the Phaeton sedan as the embattled automaker seeks to reduce costs, a report said.... Read More »

VW's Horn: Plan for emissions fix coming 'soon'

8:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America may soon disclose how it intends to fix 482,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with illegal emissions software, the company's chief said. The automaker is approaching a Friday deadline to submit draft plans for the fixes to the California Air Resources Board. CARB and the EPA must approve VW's repair plans before a recall can begin.... Read More »

VW readies Beetle Dune, Denim for U.S. showrooms

4:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

VW has dangled Beetle Dune concepts before but promises the latest version will be built starting next year in coupe and convertible models.... Read More »

VW's aid for owners gets tepid response; ads pledge to 'make things right'

10:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Volkswagen of America's $1,000 gift card offer for 2.0-liter diesel owners was met with a mixed reaction last week. On Sunday, VWoA began running ads in major U.S. newspapers declaring that "we're working to make things right."... Read More »

VW seeks as much as $21.5 billion in bridge financing, report says

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

VW is working with banks to secure as much as $21.5 billion in short-term bridge financing to show it has adequate liquidity to weather the diesel emissions crisis, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

VW's global sales fall 5.3% in October amid emissions scandal

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Global deliveries at Volkswagen AG's namesake passenger-car brand dropped 5.3 percent in October as Europe's largest automaker struggled to contain the fallout from a cascade of emissions-manipulation revelations.... Read More »

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