Volkswagen

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

VW touches up Jetta with eye on safety, mpg

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
To help the Jetta level the playing field in terms of crash safety and fuel economy with Japanese rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, VW has made substantial tweaks to the compact for model year 2015.... Read More »

 

BMW breaks with traditional German luxury as models shrink

April 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Chris Bangle, BMW's former design chief, once likened the German carmaker's lineup to a bratwurst in three different lengths. Now, there's a lot more on offer, including convenience sizes.... Read More »

 

BMW breaks with traditional German luxury as models shrink

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Chris Bangle, BMW's former design chief, once likened the German carmaker's lineup to a bratwurst in three different lengths. Now, there's a lot more on offer, including convenience sizes.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Bentley to highlight hybrid technology on a Mulsanne concept

April 11, 2014 09:55 CET
Bentley is using the Beijing auto show to reveal a hybrid concept based on its flagship Mulsanne sedan. The brand's first plug-in powertrain is expected in a Bentley SUV debuting in 2017.... Read More »

 

China sales rise 7.9% in March; GM tops VW in Q1

9:27 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Sales of passenger vehicles in China gained 7.9 percent last month as consumers purchased cars on concerns that more cities may start limiting new license plates. Wholesale deliveries climbed to 1.7 million units in March, the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said today.... Read More »

 

VW Group sales rise 8% in March as Europe recovers

April 11, 2014 11:20 CET
VW Group increased vehicle sales 8 percent in March, with gains in Europe and China offsetting declines in the United States and Brazil. First-quarter sales rose 6 percent to a record 2.4 million.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lamborghini CEO predicts record results for newest supercar

April 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Lamborghini's newest supercar, the Huracan, will have the best sales year of any model in the automaker's 51-year history in 2015, CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Skoda posts best-ever March sales

April 10, 2014 15:32 CET
Skoda's global sales rose 15 percent in March to a record 96,100 vehicles, powered by robust demand for the Rapid, Yeti and Octavia.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Audi teases potential Q4 crossover

April 10, 2014 10:29 CET
Audi has released sketches of a new TT-inspired crossover concept that will debut in Beijing later this month and may preview the upcoming Q4.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW's most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888.... Read More »

 

VW brand sales rebound in March as Europe recovers

April 8, 2014 12:16 CET
Volkswagen increased sales at its core VW passenger car brand by 5 percent in March, the second-highest growth rate in the past 10 months, as recovering demand in Europe and Chinese growth outweighed declines in the Americas.... Read More »

 

Audi may further increase production in Germany on Europe, China demand

April 8, 2014 10:43 CET
Audi said it may further increase production in Germany during the second quarter after adding shifts in past months on strong demand from China and Europe.... Read More »

 

Audi joins Mercedes in posting a record sales month in March

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
FRANKFURT -- Audi has posted a new company record for global sales in a single month. The automaker said today that its March volume rose 15 percent to 170,450 vehicles.
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Audi joins Mercedes in posting best-ever monthly sales in March

April 7, 2014 11:55 CET
Audi said today it posted a new company record for global sales in a single month with March volume up 15 percent to 170,450 vehicles. Rival Mercedes reported a new high for global sales in a month on Friday.... Read More »

 

CAMERA READY?

Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors with cameras. But the age of mirrorless cars will not come easy.... Read More »

 

In Italy, driving a Lambo can put you in tax limbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The Italian government has targeted supercar owners as part of a crackdown on tax evaders.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. Not with the arrival of the new-generation C class and the all-new GLA SUV this year.... Read More »

 

Polish new-car sales rise 39% in March

April 4, 2014 10:11 CET
Polish new-car registrations increased 39 percent in March, providing another sign that Europe's car market is picking up after a six-year slump. It's Poland's 10th consecutive rise in year-on-year sales.... Read More »

 

Czech car sales up 20% in March on economy gains

April 4, 2014 12:44 CET
Czech new-car registrations increased 20 percent in March and grew 18 percent in the first quarter to 42,993 cars, the country's car importers association said. The Czech economy is rebounding after a record long recession.... Read More »

 

VW to build plug-in hybrids with partner FAW in China, sources say

April 4, 2014 09:33 CET
VW Group plans to make plug-in hybrids with local partner FAW in China, company sources say. VW sees a big potential market as the country's leaders race to reduce hazardous levels of air pollution.... Read More »

 

VW seeks to open car plant in Thailand, sources say

April 2, 2014 10:08 CET
VW Group has applied to set up its first car plant in Thailand to help narrow the gap with Toyota in Southeast Asia, people familiar with the matter said. VW sees a "strong market opportunity" in the region CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch said last week.... Read More »

 

UAW, citing anti-union collusion, seeks delay in hearing on VW vote

10:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The UAW asked a federal agency to stay an April 21 hearing related to a mid-February union vote it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, citing what it called new evidence of collusion between Republican lawmakers and anti-union groups.... Read More »

 

Hot hatch from VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Volkswagen looks to be cooking up something special for the folks who gather each May at Lake Woerthersee in Austria to celebrate the GTI hot hatch.... Read More »

 

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