Volkswagen archives

2008 Volkswagen Golf

Five generations, 34 years and over 26 million vehicles after the original first went on sale, the sixth generation of the Golf has been unveiled. The new model continues the evolution of an icon.  The new Golf is the safest, most technically advanced and most dynamic iteration yet.  Not only does the new Golf promise great value, but it aims to set benchmarks in quality, style, safety and the reduction of emissions. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen AG,

VW gives the Golf fresh look, competitive price

Volkswagen has given its next Golf a fresh design, new technology and a competitive price in a bid to maintain the car's position as Europe's top-selling lower-medium model. The sixth-generation Golf will be unveiled at the Paris auto show in October and will go on sale in Europe shortly after. The new entry-level Golf will cost 16,500 euros in Germany, about 200 euros more than the current car. Redesigned key elements VW has redesigned key elements of the current Golf to give the new model a sportier a

Volkswagen’s Clean Diesels Eligible For Alternative Motor Vehicle Federal Tax Credit

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that buyers of the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen are eligible for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit. The Internal Revenue Service has issued a certification letter affirming that the vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit. “The $1,300 tax credit provides an even greater value to the upcoming Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen,” said Mark Barnes, COO,

Tangible sportiness – the ABT Passat CC

The abbreviation “CC“ stands for “Comfort Coupé“: an elegant 4-door vehicle. “But who says that a Comfort Coupé mustn’t be sporty?” asks Hans-Jürgen Abt. The managing director of ABT Sportsline is enthused by the curved lines of the Wolfsburg vehicle, but thinks that “a bit more power would definitely suit” this stylish car. That is why the renowned Kempten-based tuner offers extensive program for the CC, too.

The Scirocco story – Two generations of the Volkswagen sport coupé

With the market launch of the new Scirocco just round the corner, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft’s Corporate History Department is presenting the story of a model with a difference in a new book entitled “Scirocco. Aufregend vernünftig. Der Volkswagen Scirocco 1974-1992.” Based on previously inaccessible documents from the Corporate Archive in Wolfsburg, historian and archivist Claudia Böhler for the first time traces the history of the fi

India: Jetta – Market Launch

Wide selection: three equipment lines and two engines DSG dual clutch transmission offered Today, in Mumbai, Volkswagen begins market introduction of the Jetta in India. The sedan – eight million of which have been sold since 1979 – will be available in three versions. At market launch the innovative 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission will be offered. Other comfort and convenience features round out the program. The Jetta will be offered in three equipment lines in India. For the entr

Volkswagen Builds Factory in Tennessee, USA

Initial stage of construction in Chattanooga to create capacity for 150,000 vehicles. Prof Winterkorn says Volkswagen is resolutely accessing US market. Volkswagen is setting out to build a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where vehicle production will be due to commence in early 2011. The supervisory board of Volkswagen AG today approved the plans and an investment volume of up to 1 billion USD (around 620 million euro). The Group’s management board had previously pinpointed Chattanooga as the site for its new

Porsche set to move closer to VW takeover

Porsche will be one step closer to acquiring majority control of Volkswagen on September 2, when its deal to buy 4.9 percent of that company's ordinary shares takes effect. The VW takeover "will be executed piece by piece," Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking said during an event in the Black Forest on Wednesday evening. A spokesman for Porsche said the deal closes on that day in early September. The purchase of another 4.9 percent of VW common shares was necessary before Porsche could proceed with gaining regu

VW - Fascinating look at the future of the car

When will vehicles communicate with traffic lights? Will there be traffic jams in the future? Can driving emission-free vehicles be fun? Automobile fans of all ages can find informative and entertaining answers to these and many other questions at The Wolfsburg-based automaker presents its vision of the automotive world 20 years from now in this ground-breaking Webspecial. The lavishly designed website centers around a short interactive film which gives the viewer an informative and enter

VW sees 2008 unit sales in Brazil exceeding Germany

Volkswagen expects to sell more cars in Brazil this year than in its German home market, Boersen-Zeitung reported, citing the head of Volkswagen Brazil Thomas Schmall. The German carmaker last year sold 581,000 cars in Brazil, 32 percent more than a year earlier. The figure was behind China, the company's biggest ma

Back to the Roots: The Volkswagen Touareg Stanley on display in Silicon Valley

The winner of the Grand Challenge for autonomous automobiles returns to San Jose, California, where it was originally developed The penultimate stop in the Touareg Stanley’s international exhibition tour is The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. The prototype will be on display there from 20 June to 18 July 2008. It was here in the Silicon Valley region near San Francisco that the Stanley project was originally born. Stanley

Volkswagen wins the "Golden Drop of Oil 2008" award for energy and environment

Volkswagen has won the international competition "Golden Drop of Oil 2008" for its innovative engine-gearbox combination, the powerful 90 kW TSI engine and the new 7-speed DSG gearbox. The energy and environment prize is awarded annually by the German automobile club "Kraftfahrer-Schutz e. V. (KS)". The club awards this prize for technical developments in passenger cars which make a significant contribution towards reducing fuel consumption and s