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    Volkswagen sets up JV to produce flexible quick charging stations in China
    Volkswagen has set up a joint venture (JV) with Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy Technical to produce flexible quick charging stations in mainland China, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 8 April. Series production of the flexible quick charging stations is currently scheduled to start in the s...
    Audi e-tron Sportback features high-voltage battery system and recuperation
    In a press release dated 2 April, Audi has revealed more powertrain details about the new all-electric e-tron Sportback. The crossover will come with a 95 kWh high-voltage battery system with recuperation, which enables a range of 446 kilometers (277.1 miles), according to WLTP. Each axle is fitted ...
    07-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen receives 20,000 orders for all-electric e-up!
    Volkswagen (VW) has received 20,000 orders for its all-electric e-up! model in Germany over the first three months of 2020, the automaker announced in a press release on 30 March. Significance: The increased demand comes after VW updated the e-up! for the 2020 model year in 2019 with a much longe...
    Audi offers MY 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressor in US
    Audi is offering its model year (MY) 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressors (EPC) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The EPC comes  paired to the 2.9L, twin-turbocharged turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) V6 engine. It consists of an electr...
    06-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen, Faurecia collaborate to produce personal protective equipment
    Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in the United States, has collaborated with Faurecia to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) items for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 3 April...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Audi plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2025
    Audi is planning to launch 20 all-electric models globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. These upcoming  all-electric vehicles will be underpinned by four distinct platforms—Modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo), J1: The performance electric platform, Modula...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends plant closures in Germany until 19 April
    German automaker Volkswagen has confirmed that it will be extending the temporary shuttering of its production plants in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement issued by the company on 31 March, Volkswagen has announced that the closure of its manuf...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb, feature Climatronic Air Care System
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Superb models feature ‘Climatronic Air Care System,’ which monitors the air quality in the vehicle, detects increased pollen or fine dust concentrations, and responds automatically, the automaker said in a press release on 31 March. The system is availa...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends production suspension at German plants
    Volkswagen has further extended production suspension at its German plants for four working days until 9 April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The plants affected are Dresden, Emden, Osnabrück, Wolfsburg, and Zwickau as well as the Volkswagen Co...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends shutdown at Chattanooga plant in US
    Volkswagen has further extended production suspension at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, for one more week to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The German automaker now hopes to resume operatio...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bugatti suspends production in France
    Volkswagen-owned French hypercar maker Bugatti has announced that it has suspended its manufacturing operations owing to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement issued by Bugatti on 20 March, the company has halted production activities at its plant l...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to halt production in Russia due to supply shortage
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced plans to halt production in Russia over a supply shortage as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads in Europe, according to a report by Reuters on 24 March. The production will be suspended from 30 March until 10 April at Volkswagen’s vehicle pl...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automakers, suppliers offer help to build medical ventilators
    The automotive industry is collaborating to help medical equipment suppliers ramp up production of medical ventilators to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported last week. Last week, General Motors (GM) partnered with Ventec Life Systems to increase the product...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to suspend production at Chattanooga plant in US for one week
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced plans to suspend production at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, for a week, starting 21 March. This move is made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the automaker said in a press release on 19 March. The company ho...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Škoda closes plants in Czech Republic for two weeks
    Czech automotive manufacturer Škoda Auto has announced the suspension of manufacturing operations as a result of the fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 19 March, the company stated that it has halted production operations at its facilities l...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Audi to suspend production at Mexican plant due to parts shortage
    German automaker Audi announced that it will suspend production at its plant in Mexico’s Puebla state from 23 March through 13 April over supply chain concerns amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a Reuters report on 19 March. According to the report, Audi is facing shortage ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota to temporarily close operations at plants in Europe, North America
    Toyota Motor has announced plans to temporarily close operations at its plants in Europe and North America to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Japanese automaker said in two separate press releases. In Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) decided to organize p...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen suspends manufacturing at European sites for a fortnight
    The Volkswagen Passenger Car brand of the Volkswagen Group is gradually suspending production at its European plants for two weeks in response to the accelerated infection by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, which has adversely affected supply chain and impacted vehicle demand in the r...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Volkswagen to increase use in nickel in EV batteries
    Volkswagen (VW) is reportedly planning to increase the use of nickel in its electric vehicle (EV) battery cells. According to a Reuters report on 17 March, the automaker will raise the amount of nickel in EV battery cells from the current 65% to 80% in the next year, Frank Blome, head of Batter...
    18-Mar-2020 News Investments
    Porsche develops new 3D-printing technology for seats
    Porsche has developed a new 3D-printing technology for manufacturing bucket seats, the company announced in a press release on 17 March. In the new concept “3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat”, the central section of the seat, (the seat and backrest cushions) is partly produced by a ...
    18-Mar-2020 News New Products
    SEAT launches its first fully connected car Leon
    SEAT has launched the all-new Leon, its first fully connected car, the company said in a press release on 16 March. Its new voice recognition allows users to interact with the infotainment system using natural commands by saying “Hola” twice. The Full Link system allows customers to conn...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen adjusts output at plants in Portugal, Slovakia
    German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has reduced production at its Autoeuropa car assembly plant near Lisbon, Portugal, by 16% due to a shortage of workers after the Portugal government ordered restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Reuters ...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    New SEAT Leon features full-LED headlamps
    The all-new SEAT Leon features a range of lighting technologies integrated both in the exterior and interior of the vehicle, according to a company press release on 16 March 2020. The model features full LED headlamps that offer improved vision, increasing the visibility of dark roads ...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to close Chattanooga plant in US for one day for deep cleaning
    Volkswagen (VW) of America will close its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee in the United States on Monday (16 March) to sanitize and deep clean the facility as a precautionary measure against the spreading of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Automotive News Europe reported on 15 March. This wi...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Nexen supplies OE tires for VW Passat in US, Canada
    Nexen Tire is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Volkswagen (VW) Passat in North America, according to a company press release on 10 March 2020. The tiremaker is supplying its N'FERA AU7 in size 215/60R16 95T for the Canadian market and 215/55R17 94H for the United States...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen considers temporary layoffs at Spanish plant over supply chain concerns
    Volkswagen (VW) has agreed with the main unions at its plant in Spain’s Navarra region that it will temporarily lay off some workers over supply chain concerns amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Reuters reported on 11 March quoting a company spokesman. According to the report, ...
    12-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: SEAT cancels one production shift at Spanish plant due to supply chain issue
    According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 11 March, Spanish carmaker SEAT has cut down one production shift at its manufacturing facility in Barcelona, Spain. The company, which is owned by Volkswagen, has reportedly canceled one production shift on 14 March in order to accommodate fo...
    12-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    New Škoda Octavia G-TEC to get CNG powertrain
    According to a press release issued by Škoda on 10 March, the Czech Republic-based car manufacturer has announced that its upcoming Octavia G-TEC will have a compressed natural gas (CNG) powertrain when it goes on sale in the second half of this year. This G-TEC powertrain is already available o...
    11-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen, Centrica enter into EV charging partnership in UK
    Volkswagen has partnered with Centrica to install electric vehicle (EV) home charging stations and provide after-sales services to Volkswagen Group customers across the UK, Centrica announced in a press release on 4 March. The deal will see Elli, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, work exclusively wi...
    SEAT partners with Eyesight Technologies for driver monitoring system
    SEAT has announced a collaboration with Eyesight Technologies to develop driver monitoring systems, a company press release from February showed. The advanced technology studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It has also tied up with Israe...
    Audi recalls 383 vehicles in US over defective airbags
    Audi has issued a recall of 383 vehicles in the US over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 19 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2019 Audi Q7 vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 19 April 202...
    09-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Škoda unveils PHEV Octavia RS iV
    According to a press release issued by Škoda Auto on 3 March, the Czech Republic-based automaker has presented the latest introduction to its performance-oriented RS brand, the Škoda Octavia RS iV. As a first for the RS line-up of vehicles, Škoda will be making the Octavia RS iV available with pl...
    09-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Porsche to install 900 more destination chargers by end of 2020
    By the end of 2020, Porsche is planning to install 900 more destination chargers across all markets in which Porsche offers plug-in hybrid models and fully electric cars for sale, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. The charging points will be located at selected hotels, airports, m...
    Audi unveils the A3 Sportback with latest third generation modular infotainment platform
    Audi has announced that its latest A3 Sportback will come equipped with a new third-generation modular infotainment platform, a company press release on 3 March showed. With a higher computing power, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services wi...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Bentley, McLaren seek alternatives to China suppliers
    Two British luxury automotive manufacturers, namely Bentley and sports car manufacturer McLaren, are reportedly searching for alternatives to their China-based suppliers in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. According to a report filed by Reuters on 3 March, the companies ...
    04-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Audi recalls 8,572 vehicles in US over risk of fuel leakage
    Audi has issued a recall of 8,572 vehicles in the US over the risk of fuel leakage, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year 2016–19 Audi TT Roadster Quattro and TT Coupe Quattro vehicles. The recall i...
    03-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    MY2020 Volkswagen e-Golf features adaptive LED headlights
    Volkswagen’s new 2020 e-Golf features LED headlights with Adaptive Front-light System (AFS), the automaker announced in a press release in late February. The new e-Golf is equipped with LED headlights that are bright, bold and highly energy efficient. The AFS helps optimize distribution of light f...
    03-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Audi to lead research and development in the Volkswagen Group
    In a press statement released on 28 February, German automotive firm Volkswagen has stated that Audi will take over the lead for research and development in the brand alliance. Volkswagen AG, currently the majority shareholder, holding nearly 99.64% of the subscribed capital of Audi AG, plans to tak...
    Greengo expands electric car-sharing service to Prague, Czech Republic
    The Hungarian car-sharing company GreenGo has expanded its electric car-sharing service to Prague, according to a report by Hungary Today on 21 February. The company is starting an electric car-sharing service in Prague, with a fleet of 100 all-electric Volkswagen e-Up! vehicles. The company plans t...
    Geneva Motor Show 2020: Škoda to premiere plug-in hybrid Octavia iV
    Škoda Auto is set to unveil its plug-in hybrid Octavia iV at the upcoming 2020 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the automaker announced in a press release on 27 February. The Škoda Octavia iV is equipped with a 1.4L TSI petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver a system output of 150 kW (204...
    28-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Geneva Motor Show 2020: Cupra Formentor, Cupra Leon, SEAT Leon to be unveiled
    In a press statement issued on 26 February, Volkswagen-owned Spanish car maker SEAT has announced that the company will debut the new SEAT Leon at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2020 in March this year. Additionally, the Cupra Formentor, which is the first model exclusively developed for Cupra, and ...
    27-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Porsche Ventures among companies to invest USD14.5 million in software company DSP Concepts
    Porsche Ventures has said that US-based software start up DSP Concepts raised a Series B investment worth USD14.5 million, a company press release showed. Taiwania Capital led the financing round and apart from Porsche Ventures, BMW iVentures, Innovation Growth Ventures/Sony Innovation Fund, MediaTe...
    27-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Audi develops new seat fabric using PET bottles
    Audi has developed a new seat fabric made out of PET bottles, the company announced in a press release on 25 February. Audi is now offering seat upholstery made from recycled material for the first time in the new A3. “The lower layer of woven material, which is connected to the upper material wit...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Geneva Motor Show 2020: Volkswagen to premiere Touareg R plug-in hybrid
    At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2020 in Switzerland in March, German car maker Volkswagen will conduct the world premiere of its new SUV, the Touareg R. This will be Volkswagen’s range topping SUV and it will also be equipped with a hybrid powertrain, the company announced through a press statem...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Audi halts e-tron production over battery supply shortage
    Audi halted production of its e-Tron electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) over a battery supply shortage, according to a report by Bloomberg on 24 February. Audi stopped manufacturing at its factory in Brussels, Belgium, and informed that the plant will remain idle until 3 March, according to t...
    Audi partners with Ericsson for 5G-based pilot project
    Audi has partnered with Ericsson to work on a new 5G-based pilot project in human-robot interaction, the German carmaker said on 18 February. One of the first instances to be displayed will be an automation application connected via 5G, with a focus on personal safety. The companies will be showi...
    Falken Tyre Europe supplies OE tires for Audi's A1 Series
    Falken Tyre Europe GmbH, a Sumitomo Rubber Group's European sales company, is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Audi A1 series, according to a company press release on 21 February. The company is supplying its Falken ultra-high-performance tire AZENIS FK510A for the new ...
    Audi recalls 2,139 vehicles in Canada over issue with fuel tank
    Audi has issued a recall of 2,139 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the fuel tank, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 12 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2016–19 Audi TT models. Significance: In certain vehicles, the fuel tank could be damaged in ...
    20-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    MAN Truck & Bus wins order for 100 eTGE electric vans from DPD
    MAN Truck & Bus has won an order to supply 100 eTGE electric vans to delivery company DPD in the United Kingdom, according to a press release by DPD. DPD will take the delivery of the first 100 eTGE's when they roll off the production line from June 2020. "MAN Truck & Bus UK is delighted to ...
    Skoda Auto names its all-electric SUV 'Enyaq'
    Skoda Auto has decided to name its first all-new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ‘Enyaq’, according to a company press release on 12 February. The name Enyaq name derives from the Irish name ‘Enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. The Skoda Enyaq will be the Czech brand’s first ser...
    13-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group Components partners with E.ON for ultrafast charging
    Volkswagen Group Components has partnered with E.ON for setting up an ultrafast charging infrastructure, Volkswagen (VW) announced in a press release on 11 February. The two companies will present a prototype of a new, flexible ultrafast charging station in the German city Essen later. "The flexi...
    Audi recalls 106,800 vehicles in US over defective airbag inflator
    Audi is recalling 106,800 vehicles in the United States over defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall affects model year (MY) 2000–01 Audi TT roadsters, MY 2000 TT coupes, MY 1999 A8 sedans, MY 1998...
    12-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Kumho supplies OE tires for MY2020 Volkswagen Polo
    Kumho Tire is supplying its Ecowing ES31 tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Volkswagen’s model year (MY) 2020 Polo, according to a report by Tyre Press on 3 February. The South Korean tire-maker will supply tires in 185/65R15 size. Significance: The latest supply order has extended Ku...
    Škoda establishes ‘Škoda Auto DigiLab’ unit in India’s Pune city
    Škoda has announced the establishment of its Auto Digilab in the western Indian city of Pune, a company press release on 31 January revealed. It will be the company’s fourth such lab following those based in Prague, Tel Aviv and Beijing. The center will develop digital and mobility solutions f...
    Audi recalls 9,165 vehicles in Canada over issue with airbags
    Audi has issued a recall of 9,165 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 29 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997–2000 Audi A4, MY 1998–99 Audi A6 and A8, and MY 2000 Audi TT. Significance: In the subject vehicl...
    03-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    SEAT launches Leon with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains
    SEAT has launched the all-new Leon with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the company announced in a press release on 28 January. SEAT informed that it has invested EUR1.1 billion (USD1.2 billion) in the development of the fourth-generation Leon. The mild-hybrid variant is available w...
    31-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Kumho Tire supplies OE tire for new Audi Q5
    Kumho Tire is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Audi Q5, according to a report by Tyre Press on 30 January. Audi is now equipping its new Q5 model destined for some markets with the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33. Kumho supplies tire in size 235/55 R19 101H. “We’re ple...
    Porsche installs 100,000 EV chargers across 10 countries
    In a press release dated 29 January, Porsche announced that it has, to date, installed 100,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across 10 countries. These include  AC and DC charging points in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Ki...
    SEAT launches its first completely connected vehicle Leon
    SEAT has launched its all-new Leon hatchback, its first fully connected model, the automaker said in a press release on 28 January. SEAT offers both Android Auto Apple CarPlay. Users can access their vehicle’s data remotely and manage charging process and control the air conditioning. The SEAT ...
    30-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Vredestein supplies OE tires for new Volkswagen Golf 8
    Vredestein is supplying three tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Volkswagen’s (VW) Golf 8, according to a report by Tyre Press on 29 January. The company is supplying ‘Sportrac 5’ summer OE tire in size 195/65 R15 and ‘Wintrac Pro’ winter OE tire in 195/65 R15 as well as ‘Snowt...
    Volkswagen sets up mobile charging stations in German city Wolfsburg
    Volkswagen (VW) deployed new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Wolfsburg, Germany, according to a report by Electrek on 24 January. The DC chargers, equipped with battery energy storage, are the mobile charging stations produced by the Volkswagen Group Components subsidiary. The first stati...
    Škoda announces availability of Škoda Connect in English throughout Europe
    Škoda has announced that its Škoda Connect app is now available in English throughout Europe and can also be used via Google Home, the automaker said in a press release on 28 January. Škoda also upgraded functionalities of the Amazon voice assistant Alexa Skill to call up information specific ...
    29-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Audi, Traffic Technology Services to launch Traffic Light Information facility in Dusseldorf
    Audi has announced a partnership with Traffic Technology Services, under which the automaker will introduce its Traffic Light Information service at Düsseldorf in Germany, a press release dated 28 January read. By the end of the month, Audi drivers will have access to information from 150 traffi...
    Volkswagen, Skoda to expand WeShare car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020
    Volkswagen (VW), in collaboration with Skoda, will expand its WeShare electric car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020, the automaker said in a press release on 23 January. The company will launch WeShare in Prague, Czech Republic and Hamburg, Germany, in the spring this year, followed ...
    Volkswagen, Aeris form JV to develop connected vehicle platform technologies
    Volkswagen has announced a partnership with Aeris to form a joint venture (JV) company called Ventic for the development and operations of connected vehicle platform technologies, a company press release on 22 January read. Volkswagen will own a 51% stake in the JV and the remaining 49% will be owne...
    Qualcomm, Audi, Virginia DOT to deploy C-V2X communication on northern Virginia roads
    Qualcomm will deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) in Northern Virginia in collaboration with Audi and Virginia Department of Transportation, the company said in a press release on 22 January. The companies will use the spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band which the Federal Communications Commis...
    Audi offers plug-in hybrid versions of A8 and Q5 in US
    Audi has introduced the plug-in hybrid variants of its A8 sedan and Q5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The A8 TFSI e comes equipped with a 3L TFSI engine and an electric motor that together produce estimated 443 HP and 700 NM&...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Verizon, Audi collaborate to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi in US
    Verizon has announced a collaboration with Audi to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a company press release on 16 January. The services will be available with the next evolution of Audi’s connected vehicle service launching on the model year (MY) 2020 Audi A4 and A5 mod...
    Volkswagen plans to set up innovation hub in US for advanced materials
    Volkswagen, in collaboration with University of Tennessee, is planning to set up an innovation hub for advanced materials in the United States, the automaker announced  in a press release on 17 January. The new innovation hub’s initial work will focus on developing lighter vehicle components ...
    20-Jan-2020 News Investments
    New Volkswagen Golf features intelligent climate control system
    Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf EV with an intelligent climate control system, the German automaker said in a press release on 16 January. It features a three-zone automatic air conditioner called ‘Air Care Climatronic’ with a Smart Climate menu. It can be controlled via voice control ap...
    20-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Audi invests around EUR100 million in charging infrastructure
    Audi plans to invest EUR100 million (USD111.5 million) in charging infrastructure in Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 17 January. The automaker will use the funding to install 4,500 charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) at its own German plants by mid-2022. The automaker ...
    17-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Cromodora to build new wheel plant in Eastern Europe for Audi and Volkswagen Group
    German automaker Audi and the wheel maker Cromodora have signed an agreement, where the latter will build a new wheel plant in Eastern Europe exclusively for Audi and the Volkswagen Group, Audi announced in a press release on 16 January. This is a long-term cooperative undertaking that will las...
    17-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Suppliers to the new Audi A1
    The second generation Audi A1 is assembled at Audi's facility in Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A1 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 81,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feat...
    Škoda starts accepting orders for plug-in hybrid Superb iV in UK
    Škoda Auto has started accepting orders for the plug-in hybrid Superb iV in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 6 January. The Superb has been priced starting at GBP31,970 (USD41,790) and will be in UK showrooms from later this month. The sedan will be powered ...
    10-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CES 2020: VW announces opening of autonomous vehicle R&D center in California, USA
    At the ongoing CES 2020 event in Las Vegas, United States, German auto maker Volkswagen has announced the opening of a center of excellence under a new subsidiary, Volkswagen Autonomy, Inc. According to the press release issued by the company on 8 January, this new center will be located at Volkswag...
    MY2020 SEAT Leon line-up to include range-topping plug-in hybrid
    Volkswagen-owned Spanish car manufacturer SEAT is poised to launch the revised, fifth generation Leon this year. The new Leon will be underpinned by the same platform and have the same powertrain options as the recently unveiled Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The high performance version of the car, the Cu...
    06-Jan-2020 News New Products
    TriEye to supply infrared sensors for Porsche’s ADAS, self-driving systems
    TriEye has announced a partnership with Porsche under which the Israeli start-up will supply short-wave infra-red (SWIR) sensing technology in the automaker’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. According to a VentureBeat report on 2 January, the goal is to improv...
    06-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Bentley expresses possibility of using solid-state battery in its first EV
    Bentley is mulling equipping its first electric vehicle (EV) with a solid-state battery, Automotive News Europe reported on 1 January citing Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark. According to Hallmark, Bentley is preparing to launch its first EV by 2025 at the earliest. “I'm not saying that we are guara...
    03-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen’s cumulative electrified vehicles sales cross 250,000 units mark
    Volkswagen’s cumulative sales of electrified vehicles have crossed 250,000 units globally since the launch of e-Up! in 2013, the company announced in a press release on 27 December. The 250,000th electrified vehicle—an e-Golf—was delivered at the Autostadt in mid-December. The e-Golf is t...
    2020 Audi Q7 features all-new 3.0L TFSI V6 engine
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has released the revised version of its SUV, the Q7. In a press release dated December 17th, the car maker revealed that the vehicle has been equipped with a new engine, which is a 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine that puts out 335 hp and ...
    02-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Audi recalls 3,960 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators
    Audi is recalling 3,960 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) said in a statement last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 1998-2000 Audi A6 4B/C5, MY 1998-2000 Audi A8 4D/D2, MY 1997-2000 Audi A4 8D/B5, MY 1999-2000 A...
    02-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Volkswagen brand aims cumulative EV production of 1.5 million in 2025
    The Volkswagen brand of the Volkswagen Group (VW) has raised its electric vehicle production forecast, the German automotive group said in a press release on 27 December. Under the revised forecast, the leading volume brand of the VW group aims to reach the strategic production target of one million...
    Volkswagen unveils new EV charging concept
    Volkswagen Group Components has developed a new concept mobile charging robot for electric vehicle (EV) charging, the company announced in a press release on 26 December. The mobile charging robot can charge an EV completely autonomously. “The mobile charging robot will spark a revolution when it ...
    27-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen appoints Björn Goerke as CTO of Car.Software
    The Volkswagen (VW) Group’s Car.Software organization has appointed Björn Goerke as chief technology officer (CTO), effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 18 December. In his new role, he will report to Christian Senger, VW brand board of management member wit...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2019 – Market analysis
    The buzzword for the automotive chassis sector in 2019 was “consolidation”. Ever increasing competition, falling demands and spiraling costs meant that different companies have felt the need to work together in order to outperform the competition and market standards, and reduce their exposure t...
    Volkswagen recalls 2,167 vehicles in US over transmission issue
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling 2,167 vehicles in the United States over a transmission issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2013-2015 Jetta Hybrid vehicles equipped with a DQ200 7-Speed...
    24-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    VW to invest USD21 billion on future technologies through 2024
    German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has announced its plan to invest EUR19 billion (approximately USD21 billion) on future technologies, with EUR11 billion of that amount being dedicated to electromobility, according to a press release from the company dated 19 December. VW has also announ...
    20-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Volkswagen partners with Qatar Investment Authority to deploy autonomous transport project in Doha
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has entered an agreement with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to launch a self-driving electric transport project in Doha, VW said in a press release on 16 December. As part of the ‘Project Qatar Mobility’, the two partners will deploy autonomous shuttles and buses in ...
    Elmos, Audi strengthen partnership for LED rear light control
    Elmos Semiconductor and Audi have announced the extension of their long-lasting partnership for LED rear light control, Elmos said in a press release on 16 December. The two companies have announced the sample availability of new Elmos IC E522.95. This multichannel LED controller for exterior lighti...
    New Skoda Kamiq and Scala to get upgraded suspension and more efficient powertrain
    Czech car maker Skoda has introduced a new trim level of its city SUV, the Kamiq, with a more powerful engine. The latest addition to the Skoda Kamiq lineup is driven by a 1.5 litre, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that delivers 148 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The same engine is now also available on t...
    18-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi, Umicore complete test phase of battery recycling project
    Audi and Umicore have completed the test phase of their strategic research cooperation on battery recycling, Umicore announced in a press release on 17 December. Under the test phase, the two companies were able to recover more than 90% of the cobalt and nickel from the high-voltage batteries of the...
    Porsche partners with Electrify Canada for EV charging services for Taycan
    Porsche has partnered with Electrify Canada to providde electric vehicle (EV) charging services to owners of its all-electric sportscar Taycan in Canada, the company announced in a press release on 12 December. The owners will get three years of inclusive charging at Electrify Canada public charging...
    Porshe Taycan gets EPA-certified range of 201 miles
    Porsche Taycan Turbo has received a United States Environmental Protection Agency-certified range of 201 miles (323 kilometers), news website Electrek reported on 11 December. This is lower than the 280 miles that Porsche Taycan Turbo is claimed to have as per Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test...
    13-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen joins AVSC
    Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) announced that it has joined the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), according to a company press release on 12 December. The consortium, which includes automakers and technology companies, is focused on jointly developing standards and best practices for ...
    Hankook Tire supplies Ventus and Winter i*cept line of OE tires for new Audi SQ8 TDI
    Hankook Tire is supplying Ventus and Winter i*cept line of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Audi SQ8 TDI, Hankook announced in a press release on11 December 2019. The South Korean tire-maker is supplying Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 OE tires respectively in 285/45 ...
    Pod Point, Volkswagen together install 100 EV chargers at Tesco store in UK
    Pod Point, in partnership with Volkswagen, has installed 100 electric vehicle (EV) charging points at Tesco stores across the United Kingdom, Pod Point announced in a press release on 6 December. "With the rollout now underway, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding publ...
    Audi launches new Q7 TFSI e quattro with plug-in hybrid powertrain
    According to a press release issued on 9th December, German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has launched the newest version of its Q7 SUV. The vehicle, which is called the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro, is a plug-in hybrid model powered by a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, V6 petrol engine that works in ta...
    10-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals details about new battery system for MEB-based EVs
    In a press release dated 5 December, Volkswagen (VW) has revealed details about its new high-voltage battery systems for all electric vehicles (EVs) built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform in the Volkswagen Group. The system will be launched in the ID.3 all-electric hatchback, whic...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Porsche tests all-electric AWD SUV with in-wheel motor setup
    Germany-based Porsche Engineering has announced a new solution for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that improves the vehicle’s stability through software alone, in a press statement released on 4 December. This solution does not require any additional sensors and works by distributing power...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
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