Volkswagen

VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources....
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A new Audi range-topper?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
This screen shot from a teaser video Audi released last week offers a glimpse at a concept car to be unveiled this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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PICTURE GALLERY

Audi begins production of TT roadster in Hungary

Nov. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Audi has begun production of its third-generation TT roadster at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. The roadster is the fourth model to be built at the plant after the A3 sedan and convertible and the TT coupe....
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An FCA-VW merger? Brilliant, Krafcik says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
In July, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen denied they were in merger talks after a German magazine reported discussions were underway. Still, John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, told a media gathering in Detroit last week that he has studied the idea. His conclusion: "This is an absolutely brilliant combination."...
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Volkswagen's marketing boss Shahani tunes into dealers for ad suggestions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
As Volkswagen rides out a U.S. product drought, marketing chief Vinay Shahani is giving restive dealers a larger and more formal role in setting advertising strategy....
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Replacement for Bugatti's supercar gets a name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
As the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron's almost decadelong production run nears its end, details about the replacement due next year are emerging....
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A3 and Q5 demand help boost Audi sales 11%

Nov. 7, 2014 12:05 CET
Audi's global deliveries rose 11 percent in October helped by strong sales in China, the U.S. and the UK, and robust demand for the automaker's A3 and Q5 models....
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Audi's motorsport boss knocks back F1 speculation

Nov. 4, 2014 18:28 CET
Audi has knocked down speculation that it plans to enter Formula One in 2016 after recruiting former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali....
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VW joining with Fiat Chrysler would be 'brilliant' idea, Krafcik speculates

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen would create a well-balanced global automaker that would be highly profitable, John Krafcik, president of auto-buying website TrueCar, said today....
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Continental considers ending battery partnership amid low EV demand

7:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Continental said it may end a battery cell joint venture with South Korean partner SK Innovation because of slower-than-expected growth in demand for electric cars....
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BMW tops in luxury sales, despite Mercedes' best month of 2014

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The BMW brand had its strongest October sales performance ever to top Mercedes-Benz, which recorded its best month so far this year. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz duke it out for the top two spots, Lexus had its 13th consecutive month of sales gains....
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VW will halt Russia output as sanctions, weak ruble hit demand

Nov. 3, 2014 13:52 CET
VW will halt production in Russia again as Western sanctions and the weak Russian ruble keep hurting auto demand. VW is shutting its factory in Kaluga for five working days through Nov. 7....
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PLATFORM PUZZLE

GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say....
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Audi profit margin slips as new plants in Mexico and Brazil offset sales gains

Nov. 3, 2014 11:30 CET
Audi's profitability slipped during the third quarter as spending on new factories and models outweighed gains from record sales. Audi is spending more than $1.3 billion on plants in Mexico and Brazil....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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$716 million question: Does Twitter spur sales?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? Depends on whom you ask....
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VW faces recall review by China quality watchdog

Nov. 1, 2014 16:21 CET
VW Group was told by China's quality watchdog to submit supporting documents after the carmaker's handling of a recall triggered consumer protests....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati....
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Daimler to buy 25% of motorbike maker MV Agusta

Oct. 31, 2014 16:04 CET
Daimler will buy a 25 percent stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta as part of a long-term cooperation that gives the German car and truck maker access to lightweight three-cylinder engines....
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Kuni Automotive COO Herman dies at 72

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Joseph Herman, COO of dealership group Kuni Automotive and a 40-year veteran of the auto retailing industry, died the morning of Oct. 29 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer....
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VW earnings outlook too cautious, analysts say

Oct. 31, 2014 10:54 CET
VW Group expects to post a 6 percent gain in underlying earnings this year, setting a new record, yet analysts believe the automaker is being overly cautious and can do even better....
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Audi recall no threat to Continental's financial guidance, CEO says

7:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Supplier Continental AG said a fault with airbags installed at Audi could cost a double-digit million euro amount to fix, a sum which the German automotive supplier could absorb without revising its earnings guidance....
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Mercedes, VW to put brakes on Google's in-car data inroads

Oct. 31, 2014 10:43 CET
VW Group and Mercedes called on fellow automakers to establish separate platforms for data on vehicle use to avoid handing over sensitive customer information to Google....
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Daimler, VW dampen speculation about imminent CEO succession

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Succession is not an imminent topic at Daimler or Volkswagen, the chief executives of both carmakers said today, adding that any potential candidates would most likely come from within their respective companies....
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VW's Q3 profit jumps on record Audi, Porsche sales

Oct. 30, 2014 10:37 CET
VW Group posted higher-than-expected operating profit in the third quarter, boosted by strong demand for Audi and Porsche models in Europe and China. Earnings rose 16 percent to 3.23 billion euros ($4.07 billion), VW said....
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