Volkswagen Brand

VW Group hands over regional responsibility to brands

June 22, 2018 12:19 CET
Volkswagen Group is handing responsibility for managing regions to its different brands as part of a strategic overhaul to decentralize power at the automaker.

VW CEO presses for faster decisions, more collaboration

1:04 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2018
Volkswagen's top managers must commit to faster decision-making and working more closely together to push the company firmly beyond a diesel-emissions scandal and maintain its industry leadership amid wrenching technological change, CEO Herbert Diess told 400 top managers.

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German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV

June 5, 2018 06:01 CET
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 percent in Mayas dealers reduced commercial registrations, including dealer pre-registrations.

EPA, U.S. monitor rap pace of culture change at VW

12:50 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2018
A top EPA official says he is not satisfied with Volkswagen AG's efforts to improve accountability after the company's sweeping diesel emissions fraud and violations, a German newspaper reported Thursday.

VIDEO: First Shift: New engine lets Silverado run on 2 cylinders

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2018
New I-4 engine lets Silverado run on 2 cylinders; Report: FCA overhaul in Italy; Toyota EV to carry GAC badge in China; VW ads say 'Betta Getta Jetta'; M-B starts G class output.

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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features

May 18, 2018 06:01 CET
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imaging, a head-up display projected directly onto the windshield, and a fully digital cockpit with two large screens, making the SUV the brand's most advanced model to date.

VW brand pulls out of Paris auto show

May 17, 2018 10:39 CET
VW brand will skip the Paris auto show this year, the company said. VW joins Ford, Nissan and Infiniti on the list of brands that will ditch the biennial industry gathering in the French capital.

ANE's May issue goes live on Monday

May 4, 2018 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.

VW brand counts on SUVs, connectivity to keep China lead

May 2, 2018 10:58 CET
VW brand is launching a strategic plan for China focused on SUVs, full online connectivity and low-emission vehicles to defend its lead in the lucrative market.

VOLKSWAGEN: VW brand advances 4.5%, Audi 2.1% on crossovers

12:56 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2018

Volkswagen brand sales rose 4.5 percent in April to 28,794 on continued growth in the brand's lineup of crossovers, offsetting major declines in its sedan and hatchback lineup. Audi extended its industry-best sales streak to 102 months, with deliveries rising 2.1 percent to 19,104 vehicles on strength from its A5 sedan and Q3 crossover.


VIDEO: First Shift: China to lift foreign-ownership limits

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2018
China to lift foreign-ownership limits on automakers; Tesla halts Model 3 output; VW to tweak logo, review ad agency; FCA recalling new Stelvio to fix leaks; Lear's smart-seat strategy.

VW launches global creative ad agency review

2:37 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2018
The Volkswagen Group launched a global creative agency review for its namesake brand as executives at the German auto giant look to centralize marketing control and improve VW's image in the wake of diesel emissions violations.

VW to reboot logo for 'colorful,' EV era

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2018
The Volkswagen Group plans to tweak the namesake VW brand's logo for the first time since 2012, as it prepares for the electric-vehicle era and tries to burnish an image tarnished by the diesel-cheating scandal.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota plans U.S. 'talking' vehicles in 2021

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2018
Toyota plans 'talking' U.S. vehicles in 2021; Selling VW Jetta as value play; Diess' U.S. profit focus; NADA: Dealerships relying more on incentives for profits; Tip from Geely's Li.

VW's new way to sell Jetta: More car, less money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2018
With the new Jetta, Volkswagen is moving away from the brand's traditional premium pricing in the compact sedan segment.

VW CEO Diess on tap to become Audi chairman

12:54 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2018
The Volkswagen Group's new CEO, Herbert Diess, will likely take the reins of luxury division Audi's supervisory board next month, sources at the company say.

VW Group appoints Diess CEO, creates new divisions

1:51 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2018
Volkswagen tapped Herbert Diess to take over as CEO, replacing Matthias Mueller, and is creating six new business areas and a special portfolio for China, its largest market. It also is splitting its brands into three new vehicle groups: value, premium and super-premium nameplates.

VIDEO: First Shift: VW's Diess to retain brand duties as CEO?

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2018
VW's Diess to retain brand duties as CEO - report; FCA in emissions settlement talks; Calif: Still hope for a deal with U.S.; Dems fight EPA move; Charging Kia Soul without wires.

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There's a hidden message in VW's MQB-based pickup concept

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2018
Bringing an MQB-based small unibody pickup to the US market would never be enough on its own for VW to gain 3 percentage points of market share. But it could help.

Profits a top goal for VW dealers as brand recovers

5:04 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2018
Profitability remains a key concern for Volkswagen dealers as they climb their way back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Pedestrian killed, Uber halts AV testing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2018
Uber halts AV tests after woman killed; Sources: Ford in talks to buy old Detroit rail depot; Top NADA, AIADA issues; Ford's new shopper site; VW to build 5-seat Atlas in Tenn.

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Volkswagen to build new 5-seat Atlas in Chattanooga next year

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2018
Volkswagen plans to invest $340 million to bring a third vehicle to its assembly plant in Chattanooga -- a five-seat version of its large Atlas crossover.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lincoln plans N.Y. takeoff for new Aviator

3:15 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2018
N.Y. takeoff for new Lincoln Aviator; VW to bring 'Volks SUV' to U.S.; Porsche expands EV mission; Mercedes USA's new HQ; Trump's 'bowling ball test' jest; Introducing 'The Closer.'

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW brand goal: 5% U.S. share in 10 years

3:15 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2018
VW brand goal: 5% U.S. share in 10 years; Ford recalls Fusion, MKZ for steering wheel flaw; Munoz to run Nissan China; Tesla losing execs, gaining milkshakes?; Subaru Forester peek.

VW brand says profitability drive faces climate cost risks

March 14, 2018 11:59 CET
VW brand said costs for its electric-car program, along with EU requirements on curbing emissions and other climate-related demands would cause profitability to stall between 2018 and 2020.

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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