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Big Changes Coming at VW, Says New CEO

Diess targeting “slimmed down company” and focus on new technologies.

by on Apr.13, 2018

VW's new CEO Herbert Diess wants to both cut costs and shift focus to new technologies.

Volkswagen Group is likely to be a very different company in the coming years, at least if new CEO Herbert Diess has his way, the new chief executive outlining some of the key changes he has in mind during a Friday media briefing that followed a management shake-up the day before.

The one-time BMW board member has been viewed as a change agent since joining VW in 2015, just months before a scheme to rig diesel emissions tests was revealed by the U.S. EPA. Diess has already trimmed what is often described as a bloated workforce, in the process slashing almost $5 billion in costs.

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He is expected to further attack costs at the German giant while also putting more emphasis on new technologies and services. And VW officials suggested they could move to trim assets, though they cautioned that a rumored spin off of their truck business isn’t in the cards – yet. (more…)

VW Targets the American Heartland with Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept

“We want to be a relevant player” in a truck-crazed market, says CEO.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Volkswagen's Hinrich Woebcken unveiled its Tanoak pickup concept at the New York Auto Show.

There are few surprises at auto shows these days, at least from a media perspective, automakers routinely signaling what they’ve got coming, usually offering press kits and pictures well in advance of a product’s official debut.

Volkswagen managed to pull off one of the rare surprises this year, however. While it did give a heads-up on plans to roll out the Atlas Sport Cross Concept it managed to keep pretty much everyone in the dark about a second introduction at the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the Atlas Tanoak Concept.

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While that’s just a show car for now, the big question is whether it signals the automaker’s intent on getting back into the truck game for the first time in decades. If so, it would become only the second modern pickup to be based on a crossover, rather than a traditional, truck-based platform. (more…)

Smaller is Bigger with 2-Row Volkswagen Atlas Sport Cross Concept

German marque adds another option to growing SUV line-up.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Volkswagen put a new spin on its fast-selling Atlas sport-ute at the NYIAS with the Sport Cross Concept.

According to ancient lore, Atlas carried the world on his shoulders. Not a bad metaphor when you consider the challenge the Volkswagen Atlas was tasked with when it came to market barely a year ago.

The three-row SUV has proven to be one of the most critical offerings the German automaker has brought to the U.S. market in decades and one of the key reasons why VW not only leveled off after years of declining sales but also has actually scored a 5.5% increase during the last 12 months despite the overall American market slowdown.

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Now, VW is set to create a “family” of Atlas offerings, with a new two-row, five-passenger version, dubbed the Atlas Sport Cross making its debut during a media preview ahead of the opening of the New York International Auto Show on Tuesday night. But, if the word, “family” connotes more than just two, well, you just might not be wrong. While Volkswagen officials aren’t ready to discuss what’s coming further down the line, still more variations on the Atlas theme could be in the works. (more…)

VW Squashing the Beetle at End of Current Generation

“You can’t have a new, new, new Beetle,” says R&D chief.

by on Mar.07, 2018

The Dune Edition of the latest Beetle is shown with a Baja version of the original Bug.

Get ready to say buh-bye to the Beetle. Oh, you didn’t know they were still building it? Well, that may explain why Volkswagen is getting set to phase out the once-iconic coupe when the current, third-generation model reaches the end of its lifecycle.

Now, Volkswagen wouldn’t be Volkswagen without at least one icon in its line-up, but Frank Welsch, the brand’s R&D chief, told Britain’s Autocar that the focus will shift to the soon-to-be-reborn I.D. Buzz, an all-electric take on the classic Volkswagen Microbus that is due to market early in the coming decade.

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Noting that VW tried to revive the Bug with the “New Beetle,” and then redid it one more time, Welsch said enough is enough. “You can’t do it five times and have a new, new, new Beetle,” ad infinitum. In fact, the VW board did consider a way to keep the Beetle alive, but it turned thumbs down to the idea of an all-electric version during a product meeting last November.

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Volkswagen Offering Performance Passat GT

New Red Line-style sedan puts out 280 horsepower.

by on Jan.12, 2018

Volkswagen introduced the Passat GT performance sedan in Detroit.

Volkswagen’s improving results in the U.S. have been bolstered by its expanded sport-utility line-up, but the maker is also providing its loyal Passat owners something new for 2018: the Passat GT.

The new performance model, which was designed at the company’s North American design and engineering center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, bows at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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“The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, chief engineering officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here.” (more…)

GM, VW Lead Pack in Battle for North American Car, Truck, Utility Vehicle of the Year Honors

But U.S. brands go empty-handed in passenger-car category.

by on Jul.06, 2017

The Chevrolet Equinox is one of five GM models up for NACTOY awards - but none in the Car category.

General Motors and Volkswagen dominate this year’s first cut as members of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year jury get down to comparing the dozens of new models coming to market through the end of 2017.

But while Detroit’s Big Three have a strong representation, overall, in the three categories jurors will consider, the big surprise is that there’s not a single piece of Motown sheet metal in the passenger car category. Asian and European manufacturers will have to shoot things out there. All told, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will have nine entries in the truck and utility categories.

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That’s no surprise, perhaps, considering current market trends, light trucks – including pickups, vans and utility vehicles – accounting for nearly two-thirds of U.S. new vehicle sales. FCA going so far as to halt production of all passenger car models in the United States.

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VW Brand Profit Slammed by Diesel Emissions Scandal Costs

U.S. remains "core market," says CEO Mueller.

by on Mar.14, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller holds the wireless fob for the Sedric robotic car at the Geneva Motor Show.

Volkswagen revealed a classic good news/bad news scenario on Tuesday morning. After reporting record group profits last month for 2016, the automaker now says operating earnings at the flagship VW brand took a sharp hit as a result of the maker’s diesel emissions scandal.

The automaker has so far agreed to spend nearly $25 billion on fines and settlements in the U.S. alone as a result of the scandal, and that doesn’t include a hefty increase in marketing costs since the diesel engine rigging was revealed in September 2015.

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Nonetheless, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller put a positive outlook on the maker’s current situation, insisting it was “back on track” after one of the worst crises in its eight-decade history. Mueller himself took home 7.8 million euros, or $8.5 million, in pay and other forms of compensation for 2016.

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VW’s Diesel Bill Rises to $25 Billion the US

If fixes aren't approved, payout could rise to $28 billion.

by on Feb.14, 2017

Volkswagen agreed to pay another $1.22 billion today, bringing its total to $25 billion to settle its diesel scandal in the U.S.

Volkswagen AG’s diesel bill is now up to $25 billion.

That’s at least what Volkswagen will pay to resolve its diesel cheating scandal after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave preliminary approval to a plan allowing the German automaker to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back 80,000 3.0-liter diesels in the U.S.

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Breyer also agreed to a preliminary hearing for Robert Bosch GmbH’s settlement case, which would pay U.S. owners $327.5 million for the polluting diesels. (more…)

Volkswagen Spices Up New Atlas SUV with R-Line Option

“Performance-inspired” package is more show than go.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Volkswagen's new Atlas SUV is already getting a nice little upgrade: an R-Line model.

For millions of Americans, SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles have become the hip alternatives to the classic minivan. But maybe not hip enough, when seven-seaters like the new Volkswagen Atlas are largely used to shuttle kids to school and soccer practice.

So, automakers have been looking for ways to spice things up a bit, and VW is joining that fray by adding a new R-Line package for the big Atlas that will soon start to roll out of the maker’s U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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However, what the maker refers to as “performance-inspired” upgrades are really more show than go, the VW Atlas R-Line sharing the same two engine options and eight-speed gearbox, as well as suspension and other settings found on the base version of the new utility vehicle. (more…)

VW Pushing Tech Edge With Updated ’18 Golf

Euro-spec mid-cycle refresh to include gesture control.

by on Nov.11, 2016

The Eurospec version of the 2018 VW Golf will be in showrooms in a matter of weeks.

It will take little more than a wave of the hand to see some big things have been added to the 2018 Volkswagen Golf – starting with a new gesture control system that will control the compact mainstay’s infotainment system.

The model Volkswagen is showing off is the first big update of the Euro-spec Golf since it was introduced for the 2012 model-year. We’ll likely see the American version rolled out at the New York Auto Show next April, but many of the key features, like gesture control and, possibly the new 1.5-liter turbo-four engine, should make it to the Stateside model.

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VW is also phasing in a more advanced, 7-speed DSG gearbox, as well as a variety of new safety, infotainment and convenience features, including Active Traffic Jam Assist and a larger touchscreen.

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