Volkswagen is calling time on its US wagons, with the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen both facing the axe by the end of the 2019 model year.As you might expect it’s SUVs that are to blame for the decision, with VW conceding that drivers are voting with their wallets and it’s not in favor of the humble station wagon.“SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods,” Scott Keogh, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, said of the decision.In the first half of this year, for example, SUVs counted for more than 50-percent of the automaker’s sales in America.The Alltrack and SportWagen were meant to slow the shift away from more traditional passenger vehicles, at least a little.The Golf SportWagen was the car sold as the Golf Estate in Europe, renamed for North American sensibilities in 2015 and promising car-style driving dynamics with crossover flexibility.
Indeed, VW has only itself to blame, since the early glimpse of the screen-heavy cabin come from promo videos it itself published early.Revealed earlier this year, the ID.3 will be the first of VW Group’s production vehicles to use its so-called MEB platform.That’s the all-electric architecture with which it aims to bring EVs to the mass market – and make a profit in the process – across a variety of segments.VW, though, expects the mid-spec ID.3 with roughly 261 miles of range to be the most popular.The outside, though wrapped up for the car’s debut, doesn’t look like it will ruffle too many feathers.BUZZ electric microbus, which itself will spawn a production version.
Batterielektriska cars may well be the most interesting at the moment, but in the dark place, the development of the options.In the VOLKSWAGEN group to lead Audi to research on fuel cells, a technology brand of faith.Mercedes, BMW, and VW were a few who took the brösttoner and basunerade out of the many billions of Swedish kronor and as promised plenty of new electric cars.in Addition, BMW has said that by the year 2025, to have fuel-cell vehicles in production.In the VW group, the Audi, which leads the development of alternative fuels, as well as the bränslecellsutveckling.the Fact is that in the latter, the brand has developed, the majority of the family, but so far, it has not resulted in the identification of a model.
Ford and VW have been in talks for months now on possible tie-ups between the two automakers to help reduce the cost of developing new vehicles, among other things.VW and Ford have announced today that VW will be investing in Ford’s autonomous auto division Argo AI.The exact amount of money that VW has invested in Argo AI is a mystery.What we do know is that the investment values Argo AI at over $7 billion.Ford and VW will work with Argo AI to deploy the Argo AI self-driving system in Europe and the US.Argo AI remains focused on delivering level-4 self-driving cars and trucks capable of being used in ridesharing and delivery services in dense urban areas.
On Friday, Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced that they would step up their global alliance."Ford will become the first additional automaker to use Volkswagen's dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit - or MEB - to deliver a high-volume zero-emission vehicle in Europe starting in 2023," the companies said in a statement.The VW Group also announced on Friday that it would invest $2.6 in the self-driving-car startup ArgoAI, after Ford invested $1 billion in 2017.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.VW CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett were on hand to update the media at an event held on Wall Street in lower Manhattan.Volkswagen is the world's largest automaker, while Ford is No.
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.Twitter will start testing its ‘hide replies’ feature next week, in CanadaBefore you start complaining about censorship, keep in mind that hidden replies won’t actually get pulled from Twitter — they’ll disappear from the default view, but you can still tap a gray icon to see them.The goal is to give the person who starts a conversation more control over which comments are visible, making it harder for trolls to jump in and derail things.Ford and Volkswagen team up on EVs, with Ford the first outside automaker to use VW’s MEB platform
When it comes to social media and the workplace, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are typically viewed as distractions, rather than assets.While companies certainly need to enforce set guidelines for personal social media use in the workplace, business-oriented usage can ultimately help business owners get better results from their team — here’s how.Facebook Workplace, Slack, and Basecamp are just a few of the networks designed to help employees communicate and collaborate on work-related projects.Social media messaging, on the other hand, provides an interface that many users are more comfortable with, allowing for faster and more efficient communication.In fact, a study from McKinsey found that the use of social platforms could increase workplace productivity by an average of 20 to 25 percent by reducing time spent reading and answering emails and gathering project information.Similarly, a Facebook Workplace case study for Volkswagen Group Ireland noted that substituting emails with social media communications improved efficiency by replacing large distribution lists and ensuring that messages were only sent to targeted, relevant groups.
Volkswagen and Ford previously established an alliance focused on commercial vehicles, but the two automakers may also work together on electric cars, according to a new report.Reuters reports that VW and Ford have reached an “outline agreement” to share electric-car tech.Both companies have aggressive plans to launch more electric cars over the next decade.Citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter, Reuters reports that Volkswagen will share its MEB platform with Ford.3 hatchback, and eventually encompassing models like a crossover based on the I.D.Crozz concept, as well as a reborn electric version of the classic Microbus.
Volkswagen and Ford have put together a deal to share electric and autonomous car tech for passenger vehicles, sources close to the talks claim, a significant extension of a previously-announced alliance.That agreement would see Ford engineering and building a midsize pickup truck – based on the global Ranger platform – that would be sold under both automakers’ branding.Meanwhile, it would also create a new 1-ton van for European customers, based on the existing Ford Transit Custom.“Both companies also said they were open to considering additional vehicle programs in the future,” they confirmed, though declined to go into any further detail about the potential for collaboration on driverless, electric, and mobility services.Next it heads to Volkswagen’s supervisory board, which will discuss the terms on July 11.The automakers declined to confirm the leak, with Ford only saying that the talks between the two “continue” and that “discussions have been productive across a number of areas.” However the insider claims that the meat of the agreement is that Ford will use the VW MEB platform for future vehicles.
On Friday morning, Reuters reported that the collaborative alliance between Ford and Volkswagen is to deepen.Back in January, the two car makers announced plans to share technology and platforms, starting with new commercial vehicles like vans and medium-sized pickup trucks.At the time, there was much speculation as to whether VW would also give Ford access to its new MEB architecture, a parts bin and toolkit for building electric vehicles.Although Ford was an early leader in hybrid technology, in recent years it has lagged behind other large automakers when it comes to electrification, particularly VW (which has a highly aggressive plan to build battery EVs at scale).When the initial partnership was announced, it was not therefore surprising that VW leadership was asked whether the collaborative effort would include VW allowing Ford use of MEB.In January, VW CEO Herbert Diess told reporters that "We are in constructive open dialog to leverage the technology.
Car design may still be led by the heart, not the head, but VW is experimenting with artificial intelligence that could dramatically change how components are made, even growing them using cutting-edge 3D printing.The technology could help significantly lower weight, as well as give automakers greater flexibility in designing unusual parts for future models.It’s the handiwork of the team at VW Group’s freshly-renamed Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC), which yesterday showed off a modern electric reinterpretation of a retrofitted 1962 Microbus.One of the key elements of the VW Type 20 concept is its striking orange wheels, side mirror supports, steering wheel, and other components.Rather than being human-designed, the were created by an AI in a process known as Generative Design.It’s not just a matter of taking existing parts and carving away spare metal to make cavities and depressions.
dieselskandalen briserade in 2015, the world was taken by surprise.The German jättekoncernen of the Volkswagen had been cheating herself for approval, and tamper with the emissions of millions of cars.Despite the fact that it's been four years since the revelation has been encouraged has not yet abated.At a closer look, as the German newspaper the Handelsblatt has been done in conjunction with the Bayerischen Rundfunk, it appears that the misconduct was not accidental, and that the Audi was a major part of it.The two media are passed through a 80 000 documents, it is apparent that the federal authority KBA (the federal road transport directorate Has became a major transit point for the VOLKSWAGEN group when it came to that, to get out of their rigged vehicles on the market.then the KBA does not have the resources for a more in-depth testing, but listening to the producers ' insurance policies and the walking on the co-operation levels.
Last year was a wild year for the Volkswagen Group at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.In addition to the VW ID R capturing the overall record, a nearly stock Bentley Bentayga picked up the production SUV record by almost two minutes.This year, while there was no ID R, there was another Bentley, and it, too, picked up an impressive record.Bentley announced on Monday that its new Continental GT earned the production car record at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.With three-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen behind the wheel, the W12-powered Conti made it up the 12.42-mile strip of asphalt with a time of 10:18.488, besting the previous record-setter by 8.4 seconds, which is quite the feat.The pace at which the Continental GT moved was well beyond that of the Bentayga.
We see this all the time—the let-down sequel to a great movie or the indulgent sophomore follow-up to a brilliant debut album.It also applies to cars; ask any fan of the Mk2 VW Golf for their opinion of the Mk3 as proof.As humans we fall in love, too easily perhaps, with inanimate objects.Which is a long-winded way of saying I was actually a little scared when I fired up the 2019 Audi A7 for the first time.It follows the same script as before: lighter and less loaded down the A8 flagship, sleeker and more driver -ocused than the mainstream A6, but it's still built from the same toolbox and parts bin that Audi (and the rest of Volkswagen Group) call MLB Evo.It looks a lot like the car it replaces, but with sharper creases in the panels and some funky LED matrix headlights and LED tail lights that are meant to make it easier for you to see in the dark (as well as making you easier to see).
Over the weekend, Germany's auto regulator told Daimler that it would have to recall 42,000 Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles after the group discovered illegal software on the cars that would reduce the effectiveness of the emissions-control system.BMW, Daimler, and VW colluded to prevent better emissions control tech, EU saysDaimler said Sunday night that it would take a one-time charge of hundreds of millions of euros against the upcoming quarter's earnings to deal with the new accusations, but it disputed the government regulator's determination that the software in question was illegal.According to the Wall Street Journal, Daimler plans to formally object to the claims.The accusation against the German automaker is similar to accusations lobbed against Volkswagen Group starting in 2015.The US Environmental Protection Agency accused VW Group of including illegal software on its diesel vehicles to ensure that the diesels would pass emissions limits imposed by the US.
Vehicle emissions testing at a consumer level seems -- at least from a vehicle owner's standpoint -- like a reasonably straightforward process.You drive your car to the testing facility, and if it's a newer car sometimes they just plug into your OBDII port; if it's an older car then they'll put it on the rollers and check the tailpipe emissions.If everything goes well, you're good for a couple of years.Things are much, much different from a manufacturer's standpoint, especially in Europe.To illustrate just how complicated and involved vehicle emissions testing is for carmakers, Volkswagen (I know, I know, but hold your laughter please) made a superinteresting and informative explainer video, which it released on Thursday.The cool part is that not only does it explain just what the Worldwide Harmonized Lightweight Vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) is and what it's measuring, it goes into the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test.
Even a 100-year-old automaker like Bentley needs to get with the times.The British luxury brand is known for its adherence to tradition — it still uses an engine based on a 1950s design — but it will soon take a big step toward the future.“We will bring out hybrid versions of all of our models by 2023,” Chris Craft, Bentley board member for sales and marketing, confirmed to Digital Trends and other assembled media at a Bentley test-drive event.Craft also said that Bentley will launch its first all-electric production model in 2025.The move is partly a response to customer demand, Craft said.He said 30% of luxury buyers are interested in electric cars.
Creating cars that keep pollution low, and creating them in facilities that don't emit tons of carbon, is only a piece of the puzzle.If an automaker wants to reduce its footprint as much as possible, it needs to think about other ways in which it consumes power, which is why VW's latest addition to its building collection is pretty important.Volkswagen Group announced on Wednesday that it has opened a completely carbon-neutral data center in Norway.Built in collaboration with Green Mountain and operating entirely on hydropower, VW estimates that this data center will save more than 5,800 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each and every year.Considering the average car emits about five tons of the stuff each year, it's the equivalent of taking more than 1,000 cars off the road.When it comes to building a facility like this, it's all about location, location, location.
While some automakers are turning to tech giants like Intel and Google to develop in-car software, the Volkswagen Group believes it makes more sense to take the matter into its own hands.It will make its debut in the electric ID.3 (pictured) scheduled to break cover at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show before gradually spreading to every model in the group’s portfolio by 2025.Volkswagen’s growing Car.Software unit will be responsible for at least 60% of the group’s software development efforts by 2025, up from about 10% in 2019.The division will split its work into five key areas: Operating system and connectivity, intelligent body and cockpit, automated driving, vehicle, and energy performance, plus service platforms and mobility services.Grouping software development into one division makes sense, especially considering the Volkswagen Group’s portfolio is one of the widest in the industry.It ranges from small, relatively affordable city cars like the Up!
Less than two years after it was first announced, it appears Volkswagen and autonomy startup Aurora are calling their partnership quits.Volkswagen and Aurora will not renew any partnership, the Financial Times reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.According to those sources, VW chose not to renew its contract with Aurora, having wrapped up the last project between the two companies earlier this month."Volkswagen Group has been a wonderful partner to Aurora since the early days of development of the Aurora Driver," said an Aurora spokesperson in an emailed statement."As the Driver matures and our platform grows in strength, we continue to work with a growing array of partners who complement our expertise and expand the reach of our product."Volkswagen confirmed the report, as well, saying only that "[t]he activities under our partnership have been concluded."