Volkswagen

Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. The three-minute video is a piece of so-called native advertising, a hot new format in marketing circles in which publishers host content that looks like their own but actually comes from advertisers....
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Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today....
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VW's German workers will seek above-inflation pay hike

Sept. 18, 2014 23:49 CET
VW's German workers will push for above-inflation pay increases next year, even as the carmaker seeks to cut costs and boost flagging profitability in its core division, the IG Metall labor union said....
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Bentley adds models in Korea on rising ultraluxury demand

Sept. 18, 2014 12:25 CET
Bentley is adding new models in South Korea as the brand sees increased competition for ultraluxury cars in the market. The automaker says its dealership in Seoul has seen a 133 percent jump in deliveries so far this year....
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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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2014 Eurostar winner Luca de Meo

Sept. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars outworked and outmaneuvered their rivals. Luca de Meo, Audi's sales boss, is this year's Eurostar winner for Sales & Marketing Executive....
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VW boosts German brands' market share in China

Sept. 16, 2014 10:32 CET
VW Group's lead in China's compact sedan market this year has helped boost German automakers' share of the overall car market to 24 percent in July from 21 percent at the end of 2013....
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U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations....
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Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG....
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Hot August sales shrivel inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

European automakers reduce company-owned dealerships

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen, which has Europe's biggest company-owned dealership network, aims, along with other carmakers, to reduce the number of its wholly owned retail outlets....
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Hyundai seeks boost from sporty 3-door i20

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai hopes that a sporty three-door coupe version of its i20 will give it a boost in Europe's key subcompact segment, where the automaker's current-generation offerings have lagged behind competitors....
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president

Sept. 12, 2014 16:30 CET
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. Shanghai VW operates five plants in China and sold 1.1 million VW and Skoda vehicles in the first eight months....
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Audi set to add third TT variant

Sept. 12, 2014 13:21 CET
Audi has given the strongest hint so far that it intends to add an SUV/crossover derivative to its TT compact sports car lineup. An SUV variant would allow Audi to boost sales of the TT range in an increasingly popular vehicle segment....
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VW Group deliveries rise 3% in August

Sept. 12, 2014 12:29 CET
VW Group sales rose 3 percent in August as gains in Europe and China continued to offset declines in the U.S. and South America. Eight-month deliveries increase by 6 percent as group brands including Audi and Porsche increased volume....
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VW, Chrysler fined $46 million by China regulator for price monopoly

Sept. 11, 2014 11:10 CET
VW Group and Chrysler were fined a combined $46 million by China's anti-monopoly regulator in the first-ever punishment of foreign carmakers for price fixing. The penalty raised the possibility of similar fines for Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover....
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Audi plans to take over the wheel in stop-and-go driving

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Audi AG plans to roll out technology to enable autonomous driving in urban traffic, joining companies promoting features to ease the strain of operating a car....
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VW reports flat core-brand sales in August

Sept. 9, 2014 12:10 CET
VW said core-brand sales rose 0.1 percent in August, taking the total for eight-month global deliveries to 4.03 million, a rise of 3 percent. Weaker monthly sales in the U.S. were offset by robust increases in western Europe and China....
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Audi lifts annual sales forecast to 1.7 million cars as China, U.S. offset European decline

Sept. 9, 2014 10:45 CET
Audi raised its full-year global sales forecast to 1.7 million vehicles as strong demand in China and the United States continues to offset slumping volume in Europe....
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VW will reduce production at Russia plant

Sept. 8, 2014 09:04 CET
VW will reduce production at its Russian factory in Kaluga to 150,000 vehicles this year from 200,000 originally planned, according to sources. VW will halt production at the plant for 10 days this month....
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VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Sept. 8, 2014 10:52 CET
Volkswagen says fuel cell cars will probably struggle to catch on outside Japan where the government has invested in measures including a fuel-station network and generous subsidies that are too high for other countries to match....
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Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911....
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Audi mines its Q's to fuel its already rapid growth pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Audi sees crossovers and SUVs as its biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. and around the world....
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After Golf, Volkswagen will start crossover countdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Volkswagen will roll out the rest of the hatchback family, then enter a two year lull before taking the next big step toward a daunting goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018....
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VW's luxury brands set product pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
To understand why Volkswagen Group is one of the world's most profitable car companies, one need only look at the product cadence for Audi and Porsche....
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