Volkswagen, often shortened to VW, is a German multinational automaker founded in 1937. With its head office in Wolfsburg, Germany, VW is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, the largest automaker by worldwide sales.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is already Europe’s most successful Sports Utility Vehicle and one of the top-selling SUVs in the world with more than six million units produced to date.
In 2019 alone, the Tiguan was the most popular model of the brand and entire Volkswagen Group, with around 911,000 units produced. So you know this is an important update to the Tiguan for Volkswagen. (The Volkswagen Group sells cars under the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and the flagship Volkswagen marques.)
Ralf Brandstätter who has today been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen brand: “We launched our global SUV strategy with the second-generation Tiguan in 2016. It served as the basis for many successful models worldwide. Volkswagen is now taking the next step by electrifying, digitalising and networking the new Tiguan. This will equip the compact SUV to handle the challenges of the modern era.”
The new President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has set ambitious goals for Europe with the Green Deal. By 2050, net emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union are to be reduced to zero, making the environment one of the most important priorities.
Volkswagen and ten other international companies with headquarters in Europe are convinced that only an environmentally compatible, sustainable orientation will create the basis for economic success and future prosperity.
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The last vehicle with a combustion engine left the assembly line on Friday at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany.
From now on, only electric models of the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands will be produced in Zwickau, Germany.
ICE cars have been built in Zwickau since 1904. Initially, Horch and Trabant cars came off that production plant. In May 1990, Volkswagen started production at this plant and over the past 30 years, a total of 6,049,207 Volkswagen Polos, Golfs, Golf Estates, Passat Saloons, and Passat Variants have been produced there.
Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen » “The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”
1.2 billion euros is being invested in the conversion for electric mobility at this plant. Production of the VW ID.3 1st Edition started at this site in November 2019. Conversion work on the remainder of the plant will allow the the start of production of the VW ID.4 later this summer. Another electric SUV from the sister brand Audi is also planned for Zwickau. By 2021, six different models will be built under the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands in Zwickau by 8,000 employees, all using the modular electric toolkit (MEB) platform which was developed specifically to take maximum advantage the unique characteristics electric vehicles have to offer.
Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake R and Arteon R-Line
Volkswagen unveiled two new versions of the Arteon, a fastback and the new Arteon Shooting Brake – an estate (station wagon) that will be available only in Europe.
Details were not released, but Volkswagen did confirm they will be offering a plug-in hybrid drive (PHEV) for the Arteon product line. They will be known as the Arteon eHybrid and the Arteon Shooting Brake eHybrid.
“Volkswagen will launch 34 new models this year. There has never been such an extensive model initiative in the history of the brand,“ says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer und designated CEO of the Volkswagen Pkw brand. “The Arteon Shooting Brake extends our model range in the important midsize-segment. It will set standards in its class with its dynamic design, high functionality and modern technologies.“
The two new models – the Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake – are both characterised by athletic lines. However, they differ significantly from each other from the B-pillars to the rear. Whereas on the fastback model, the roof and window contours are swept down in parallel from the B-pillars and therefore become part of the coupé-shaped rear, the roof and window lines are extended towards the rear on the Shooting Brake and end in the new roof spoiler. At the top, the window line runs parallel to the roof. However, at the bottom the lines move upwards towards the D-pillars, thus making the window area at the rear narrower and more striking. All elements together form the sporty rear profile typical for a Shooting Brake.
Arteon eHybrid. All new technical developments are applied in both body versions. For the first time in the Arteon, this includes a plug-in hybrid drive. With the long purely electric range many Arteon eHybrid and Arteon Shooting Brake eHybrid drivers will be able to cover their daily driving distances with zero emissions locally. As a fastback version and Shooting Brake, the two Arteon models are among the first of their kind to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive in the luxury mid-sized vehicle segment.
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Talking at the SMMT summit today, he said: “We have had to ruthlessly prioritise our spend. We’ve had to pull levers to control costs. Whatever we’ve done has been on the combustion engine. We have delayed or deleted certain derivatives.
“All of our plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are full steam ahead. We and the industry may see this as a natural accelerator to green technologies. If you have to prioritise, where do you place your bets? More horsepower or more cell technology? The obvious answer is the latter.”
Christain Dahlheim, Volkswagen Group head of sales, agreed that the pandemic will hasten the move to EVs. “The perception of cleaner air has raised awareness for sustainability. And many governments in Europe are moving to transform the industry and invest in greener technologies.
“Half of our consumers [in Germany] are willing to drive EVs. The biggest hurdle has been infrastructure. If that can be solved, we think EV share can be accelerated.”
A 150 ID.3 built in Zwickau have been reserved for employees at the three plants in Saxony, Germany for everyday testing under real conditions to analyze anonymized data on the usage and driving behavior of the ID.3. Over the coming months, this will provide Volkswagen with a steady stream of additional information from hundreds of thousands of kilometers travelled.
Employees at Volkswagen Sachsen will be testing the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 for everyday usability over a period of several weeks – before delivery officially starts in early September.
According to the latest statistics by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s production and sale of NEVs rose at a faster rate in May. In May, NEV production and sales increased by 3.5 percent and 12.2 percent month on month to 84,000 and 82,000, respectively.
In five to eight years, NEVs are expected to keep pace with fuel-driven vehicles in terms of competitiveness, said Fang Yunzhou, president of the Hozon New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd., noting that NEV firms should enhance research and development, innovate marketing modes and strengthen cooperation among industrial chains.
Much like all of Volkswagen’s vehicles, they sport a distinct style and this applies to the ID.4. Throughout, we see styling cues from the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.5 (Space Vizzion), and others. While the white one is a “Crozz”, the grey one is an “X”. Both are identically sized save for height as the “X” has more ground clearance and overall length due to the “X” having different bumpers.
This Volkswagen ID.4, assembled on VW’s MEB platform, will be built by the FAW-Volkswagen in China. Like the ID.3, it will be launched in 2020 with a rear-mounted 201 horsepower motor at first. An all-wheel-drive version, or dual-motor, of the ID.4, will be added to the lineup according to Volkswagen, at a later date. Ranges will vary and reach up to 500 km (NEDC).
VW has published the prices for the ID.3 in the limited 1st Edition with the start of the order process for the reservation holders. The currently cheapest version ID.3 Pro 1st starts at a list price of 39,995 Euro – but after deducting all (announced) subsidies, the price drops below 29,500 Euro.
The two other available features of the special edition start at prices starting at 45,995 euros (Pro 1st Plus) and 49,995 euros (Pro 1st Max). However, with a base price of just under 40,000 Euros, VW is at the upper end of the price range announced for the 1st Edition.
The actual sales price depends on the expected subsidy. A sales document on the Internet, dated 16.06.2020, lists the currently valid manufacturer’s share of the German environmental bonus of 3,570 euros, to which the state would add 3,100 euros (3,000 euros environmental bonus and 100 euros AVAS subsidy) – making 33,325 euros for the ID.3 Pro 1st.
Volkswagen has boosted its stake by $200 million in a San Jose, California, company that targets solid state battery technology, and the two partners are looking at setting up a pilot plant.
The German automaker, which is currently investing $800 million in its Chattanooga factory to make electric vehicles by 2022, said solid state batteries are expected to significantly increase range and shorten charging times.
VW already has invested more than $100 million in QuantumScape Corp. and is that company’s largest automotive shareholder.