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.
Buyer incentives for passenger cars, including a lowering of value added tax (VAT) to 16% from 19% were included as part of a 130 billion euro ($145.74 billion) stimulus but analysts said it would not be enough to significantly boost car demand.
Germany included a 6,000 euro incentive for battery electric cars costing below 40,000 euros, bringing consumer incentives for electric cars to 9,000 euros once a 3,000 euro manufacturer stipend is included.
Audi has set up a new high-tech car division, Artemis, focused on developing “a pioneering model” that will bypass the traditional process. The team will be based in Ingolstadt and get to tap into all of the Volkswagen Group hardware, software, and engineering and design talent. However it’ll be wielding those in a way to fast-track a new electric car to market.
According to Markus Duesmann, chairman of the board of management at Audi AG, “the current electric initiative at the Volkswagen Group naturally ties up all our capacities. The obvious question was how we could implement additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the manageability of existing projects, and at the same time utilize new opportunities in the markets.”
The announcement was made by the carmaker’s new CEO, Markus Duesmann, who said Artemis would become operational on June 1, 2020, and will seek out to create new cars for both Audi and the Volkswagen group. Fast.
The project’s first product, a brand new Audi electric car, is to be launched no later than 2024, and will also incorporate some type of autonomous technology. The car is to serve as a blueprint for other models to be launched across the group.
The project is intended to complement the Volkswagen Group’s electric offensive with 75 planned electric models by 2029. “The question was obvious how we could realize additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the affordability of existing projects and at the same time take advantage of new opportunities in the markets,” said Duesmann. Artemis is intended to meet this requirement and become a “blueprint for the future agile development of automobiles throughout the Volkswagen Group”. In return, the team will be given great freedom and will be able to draw on the full resources of the entire Group. The project is being worked on both online and offline between Ingolstadt and the West Coast of the USA.
In addition to the cinematic implementation, the fact that the series offered an unusually intensive look behind the scenes of the history of the creation of the ID.3 and thus a completely new generation of vehicles was also recognized.
The Telly Awards were first presented in 1979 in New York City. The best films from the fields of television and the Internet are honored. Last year alone, there were over 12,000 applications from around the world. The jury consists of over 200 experts from the fields of film and advertising.
A new chapter begins for Volkswagen in China. Volkswagen plans to increase its stake in JAC Volkswagen, its joint venture for electromobility. Around 1 billion euros will be invested in this. This amount includes the acquisition of 50% of JAG, the parent company of Volkswagen partner JAC, and an increase in the stake in JAC Volkswagen from 50% to 75%, which gives control over management. With the capital increase, Volkswagen is paving the way for the expansion of the electric model range and infrastructure. In addition, Volkswagen is investing around 1 billion euros in a stake in the battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech Co., Ltd. and becomes the largest shareholder in the company with 26 percent. Continue reading
Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford; a city delivery van to be developed by VW; a larger commercial van to be developed by Ford, and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW’s electric vehicle architecture.
Looking only at BEVs, Tesla expanded its lead, increasing its market share by 6% and more than doubling the result of #2 Renault Nissan Alliance, which has also saw its share inflate by 5%, allowing it to jump from #4 to the runner-up spot, but the Volkswagen Group is getting closer, having jumped from 6th to 3rd, and earning 6% share, to 11%, equaling Tesla in market share growth.
Hyundai-Kia is also on the rise, jumping from #7 to #4, increasing its share by 3%, running ahead of last year’s Bronze Medalist BYD, that is now #5, with 6% share, down 3%.
Hyundai Motor Group, including Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, was the fourth-largest global manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) in the first quarter of 2020, according to research carried out by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA).
From sales launch, customers can order vehicles from the ID. family direct from Volkswagen. At the same time, they select their preferred dealer for personalized customer care and local services.
Under the new model, dealers assume the role of agent for selling cars to private customers and small commercial enterprises. They look after acquisition, sales consultation, organizing test drives, transaction processing and vehicle handover in coordination with Volkswagen. The preferred dealer chosen by the customer at the beginning of the sales process receives the same commission and bonus as in showroom business, even if the vehicle is purchased online direct from Volkswagen. Volkswagen decides on the vehicle price, thus dispensing with complicated price negotiations. Dealers can therefore count on calculable compensation regardless of whether the customer buys their vehicle online or in the showroom…
It’s based on a modified version of the combustion-engined Transporter’s platform, which is fitted with a 109bhp electric motor and a 37.3kWh battery pack mounted under the cargo bay floor. The motor sends drive to the front wheels via an updated version of the standard van’s dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen has launched the ABT eTransporter 6.1 – the company’s first all-electric van available in the UK – which features a range of up to 82 miles on a single charge.
With no compromise on cargo area, the electric Transporter has been developed with ABT e-Line, and features an 83 kW (110 hp) motor. This enables a 0-62mph time of 17.4 seconds. Cargo space is rated at 6.7 m and the van is able to take a payload of up to 1,001 kg.
The new, Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R will be revealed later this year; a four-wheel-drive, 2.0-litre turbo’d hot hatch that will most probably tick your ‘yeah this car will do everything I need’ box. But in the future, a Volkswagen R model – the fast, exciting, annoyingly competent performance ones – will look altogether different.
Because it’ll be electric. VW Group board member Jürgen Stackmann confirmed to TopGear.com that while the future of VW’s R performance arm is ‘vibrant’, it’s also “going electric”.
“The future of R needs to be, and will be, electric,” he said. “We’re still working on what we started two and half years ago – which was obviously not electric, though exciting – but the work going forward is and will be electrified.” …