Ferdinand Piech, Former VW Group Chairman, Has Died
Ferdinand Piech, former Chairman of the executive board of VW and, later on, of the supervisory board of Porsche SE, the principal shareholder of VW, has died on Sunday at the age of 82 according to German tabloid Bild. Piech has been a central figure in the automotive industry for decades, known for his no-nonsense style and his ability to push through and introduce models that have become highly influential over time, as well as massively popular. He is known for his involvement in projects such as the Audi Quattro, that spearheaded a whole lineup of AWD cars from the Ingolstadt brand as well as adding Porsche to the Volkswagen Group and bringing VW back on profitable ways in the new millennium.
It hasn’t even been two months since the passing of legendary automotive executive Lee Iaccoca, the key figure behind the birth of the Ford Mustang and Chrysler’s revival during his tenure as the company’s CEO, and the automotive world has now lost another larger-than-life figure in Professor Ferdinand Piech, grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, and one of the most influential figures in the modern automotive landscape. While ousted from the top of the VW Group four years ago, his legacy will live on, as will the emblematic models that he engineered and helped bring to life.
In Case You Forgot Volkswagen Was Shady, It’s Now Under Fire For Illegally Selling Pre-Production Cars as Used Cars
The way things are going, Volkswagen should be renamed as Volkscandal. Instead of focusing on rebuilding the “Volks’" trust after the Dieselgate fiasco, the German automaker continues to roll on the same saga. This time, the company has sold Pre-production prototypes that didn’t meet regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe. Dear VW, why would you want to continue working unethically despite being one of the world’s largest carmakers?
Volkswagen Will Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines by 2026
Finally, Volkswagen has made the announcement. After investing billions of dollars into electrification already, the German automaker said that the next generation of its cars will be the last with internal combustion engines, which will be phased out completely by 2026.
Volkswagen Could Share its EV Platform with Ford
Last week Bloomberg published a report that the Volkswagen Group and the Ford Motor company are looking to collaborate to create self-driving vehicles in order to reduce development costs on both sides. It was definitely a change as the two companies’ initial tie-up announcement was only supposed to involve commercial vehicles - now it could be expanded with electric vehicle platform sharing too.
Updated: A Ford and Volkswagen Merger is Not Going to Happen
Ford and Volkswagen had signed the Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year that laid the foundations of a strategic partnership between the two. But what started off as an alliance to focus on jointly developing an array of commercial vehicles, has turned into rumors of a full-fledged merger.
Updated 10/23/2018: Ford has reached out to us directly and has provided new information regarding a supposed merger. According to Jennifer Flake, from Ford Communications, "If the talks proceed fully, this would be a strategic alliance - full stop. There is no potential merger."
Volkswagen and Microsoft Team-Up For Cloud Connectivity
Technology is evolving at an insane pace in the automotive world. With some new tech added to our cars literally every day, it’s no more a buy-off-the-counter scene for automakers. That is one of the many reasons why automakers and technology companies are collaborating, the latest of which are Volkswagen and Microsoft.
Volkswagen’s Looks to Build Automated Systems with Virtual Test Drives
Volkswagen breaks new ground with its foray into the virtual world as an avenue to test its new driver assistance systems faster while also reducing expenses. Is it a double-edged sword, though?
As automakers worldwide make leaps and bounds towards a brave new world of automation, green energy and efficiency, German manufacturer Volkswagen set about trying a new way of testing its driver assistance systems that will be part of the new I.D. lineup of vehicles. Lengthy real-world tests where prototypes are taken out on the open road or on test facilities will be a thing of the past, thinks Volkswagen, who wants to replace all of that with virtual simulations. They should, in theory, be programmed to feature as many scenarios as needed to get the systems through their testing phases.
The process to move testing from the real-world to a computer-generated virtual one is complicated, but Volkswagen is already trying out the idea with virtual parking simulations where all the parameters can be altered to suit the needs of those conducting the experiments. This all sounds great, but can computer-generated simulations, regardless of computing power and intricacy, really provide the same randomness that actual testing on the open road gives? Will cars that go on sale with systems that went through virtual testing be as well prepared as those that had a bigger chunk of their testing done on the roads? Volkswagen did not officially say they plan to eliminate real testing from the procedure of introducing new driving assistance systems, so we have to wait and see.
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Volkswagen’s Mass-Produced 3D Parts Will Open Doors Never Thought Possible for OE Customization
Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, is usually utilized for the rapid production of prototypes and specialty parts. Now, however, Volkswagen claims a breakthrough development has readied this cutting-edge technology for mass production, opening up a slew of customer customization opportunities.
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In a surprising move, Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced today that they are seeking a strategic alliance to increase competitiveness in the segment of commercial vehicles. Representatives of both companies addressed the public explaining that the potential alliance will enable them “to better serve the evolving needs of customers globally.”
After Being Denied by Mercedes and BMW in Self-Driving Car Scheme; Apple Lowers Expectations and Signs with Volkswagen
For a while now the word has been that Apple dropped the idea of building its own self-driving car in order to develop software that it could license to other companies. Of course, that’s a hard pill to swallow considering the stance it takes will all of its software and it’s hardware exclusivity. Now, word has it that Apple has joined forces with Volkswagen which includes a deal to turn some of VW’s T6 Transport vans into self-driving pods to haul around Apple employees.
Like Ford, Opel, Mazda, and Infiniti, Among Others, Volkswagen Will Skip the Paris Motor Show
It hasn’t even been a week since Opel announced it would skip the Paris Motor Show, and here we are telling you that Volkswagen has withdrawn its interest in the show as well. That brings the number of manufacturers skipping this year’s show in Paris to nine. Volkswagen joins Ford, Volvo, Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Opel, Mazda, and Subaru. It’s a surprising blow to the show considering Volkswagen is the top-selling car brand in Europe, but the brand believes it has justification.
Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share
The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?
Volkswagen forced to halt Golf GTE’s orders due to high demand
What does a company do when its powerful hatch is slapped with a hybrid option? Advertise the product and convince the customers to go for it? Not in the case of Volkswagen, at least. The second-largest car manufacturer in the world has stopped taking orders for the new Golf GTE due to high demands! How crazy is that?
Volkswagen’s New Phone Cases are Made From Sheet Metal That Come From Texting-And-Driving Crashes
Volkswagen has a new product it wants to sell. It’s not a car. It’s not a clothing line. It’s a line of iPhone 8 phone cases, each with a story to tell. The cases, called “crashed cases,” are made from the sheet metal of cars that were involved in texting-and-driving car crashes in Sweden. If for nothing else, they should serve as a reminder of what happens when drivers in Sweden don’t pay attention to the road.
Volkswagen Considering Battery Swapping in China But Says No Way Jose to the United States
In theory, battery-swapping is a good way for electric vehicles to remain on the road longer. Depleted battery packs can be removed in favor of a fully charged replacement, and EV owners won’t have to worry as much about the amount of range they have left in the batteries. The whole process is quicker than charging a depleted battery and the process of replacing and installing sounds easy, or so it seems. Reality, however, paints an entirely different picture. Battery-swapping comes with a much more complicated procedure behind it, so much so that Volkswagen has no intention of offering the technology in the U.S. or any other market in the world. The only potential exception? China.
Volkswagen Set to Release a New and More Colorful Logo in 2019!
A logo is the easiest way to identify a brand. Some of the biggest companies in the world have logos that are easily identified. Nike has the swoosh, Apple has the bitten apple, and Volkswagen has the round logo with a ‘V’ sitting on top of a ‘W’ inside of it. The German automaker, though, is looking to update its iconic logo, the first time it’s doing so since 2012 when it made the lettering more silvery and three-dimensional.
Will Ducati Finally go? Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess, May Start Selling Off Some VW Group Brands
Volkswagen’s new man at the top is looking to shake the auto giant’s assets up. Newly appointed CEO Herbert Diess made that point clear in his first news conference as the head honcho of the world’s second-largest automaker. While he didn’t dive into the specifics, Diess confirmed that the company will be reviewing every brand it owns. If it comes down to it, the German automaker will be open to selling some of its assets in an effort to streamline its portfolio by only keeping its strongest brands.
Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn’t Going Away Just Yet
Eyes watered and tears flowed when Volkswagen announced that it wasn’t going to build a next-generation version of the Volkswagen Beetle. But fear not, fans of the beloved Bug. The current-generation model isn’t going away anytime soon. Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said as much to USA Today, quelling fears that the iconic model is on borrowed time.
Volkswagen: The Beetle Will Die and Won’t Come Back - T-Roc and I.D. Buzz Will Take its Place
One of the world’s most iconic cars is nearing the end of its production for the second time, and once the current-generation wraps up, there are no plans to bring it back. Prepare your eulogies for the Volkswagen Beetle, because we may never see it again. Word of the Beetle’s impending demise comes straight from the mouth of Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch, as good a source as anybody from within the German auto giant.
Volkswagen Staff Still Not Seeing Any Culture Changes Within The Company
Volkswagen’s attempt at improving its corporate culture has yielded no results, the company’s top later representative told Automotive News. According to works council chief Bernd Osterloh, a survey of more than 51,000 employees that was conducted in December 2017 revealed that almost two-thirds of the automaker’s staff admitted to seeing “no improvement” in Volkswagen’s corporate culture despite the automaker admitting to needing one after the fallout from Dieselgate.
Volkswagen Asks For Trial Delay After Lawyer Mentions Monkey Gassing Scandal In Netflix Documentary
Late last month, it was revealed that Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler funded scientific studies to help promote the idea that modern diesel engines run cleaner than older diesels. It turned out the studies involved forcing monkeys to breathe diesel fumes in an airtight chamber, prompting one lawyer on the diesel owner’s side of the scandal to draw comparisons to Adolf Hitler and Nazis. Now, Volkswagen says the remarks could bias the jury in its latest Diesel Gate trial cases.
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Why Are Automakers Getting Away with Cheating Devices and Gassing People?
There’s something terribly wrong with the auto industry today! And reading this week’s news is enough to notice it. Assuming you’re a sane person that is! While the folks over at Jalopnik uncovered how Goodyear hid evidence of a tire that caused at least nine deaths over nearly 20 years, other outlets are reporting how certain German carmakers paid scientists to gas monkeys and humans with toxic diesel fumes. Yeah, I know, it sounds like an overinflated conspiracy theory, but it’s all true, unfortunately.
Goodyear, one of the world’s most biggest tire manufacturers, is now under scrutiny for an issue that dates back to the early 2000s and is linked to more than 40 lawsuits and at least nine deaths. In short, the brand approved the G159, a tire designed in the mid-1990s for lower-speed delivery vehicles, for motorhome use. Motorhomes usually run at higher speeds than the said tire can handle, which resulted in numerous crashes and deaths. On top of that, it turns out that Goodyear managed to keep complaints and claim data sealed from auto safety regulators for all these years. It’s only now, in 2018, that a proper investigation was launched. Check out Jalopnik’s story for the full details.
Then we have all the big media outlets reporting about German scientists having gassed human volunteers with toxic diesel fumes in tests funded by big car manufacturers. Commissioned by the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), these tests were backed by Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. In the U.S., then monkeys were gassed with exhaust fumes from a VW Beetle in 2014 by the U.S.-based Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.
The EUGT was dissolved in 2016, and it remains unclear whether the carmakers were aware of monkeys and humans being gassed, or at least that’s what many reports claim. Be that as it may —, and I must say I have strong doubts that VW, BMW, and Daimler were unaware of what happened behind closed doors — it’s still a sick thing to do in the name of science. And the big problem is that the carmakers will get away with it.
VW, BMW, and Daimler Also Gas-Chambered Humans In Diesel Emission Study
Earlier this week, we covered a story posted by The New York Times that revealed the big three German automakers (BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen) had funded research on the effects of diesel emissions, including an experiment that involved locking a group of monkeys in an airtight chamber and forcing the animals to breathe fumes. Now, it’s looking like a similar experiment took place that involved humans.
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