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VW verkent Koreaanse samenwerking voor accu's

SEOUL (AFN/RTR) - Volkswagen wil met het Zuid-Koreaanse energie- en raffinagebedrijf SK Innovation een fabriek opzetten die accu's voor elektrisch rijden produceert. Dat zegt de eindverantwoordelijke voor accuproductie van SK Innovation. Het zou de eerste keer zijn dat het Duitse autoconcern met een partner investeert in accu's voor elektrische auto's.

Volkswagen bevestigt te willen investeren in een accufabrikant, maar noemt SK Innovation niet bij naam. De Duitse automaker zet de komende jaren flink in op elektrificatie en wil in de periode tot 2028 bijna zeventig nieuwe elektrisch aangedreven modellen op de markt brengen. Nu haalt de Duitse autofabrikant de accu's voor die voertuigen nog bij externe leveranciers uit het Verre Oosten, maar daar moeten accu's van eigen makelij bij komen.
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Audi expanding use of 3D printers in production

Audi is expanding the use of 3D printers in production. Custom designed and locally printed, auxiliary tools from the 3D printer help employees on the production lines. A separate department will be responsible for implementation at the Neckarsulm site in the future. The expert team at the startup/analysis center has already firmly established polymer 3D printing in the craft-scale R8 factory at the Bölllinger Höfe. They develop ideas for new or optimized tools in close collaboration with their colleagues on the production line. The team under project manager Waldemar Hirsch design the tools on site and print them on the 3D printer. During a one-week workshop last December, the expert team trialled the use of this fast, convenient service for volume production in the factory. They identified several hundred applications where printed auxiliary tools offer substantial savings potential.

Mr Helmut Stettner, the Neckarsulm plant manager said that “By establishing a separate specialist department for 3D printing, we are professionalizing this already successful project. Even more employees will be able to benefit from the experienced expert team and the custom auxiliary tools in the future. But Audi is also using the project to actively drive cultural change. The employees on the production line are directly involved in the development process for the 3D-printed tools.”

Hirsch gives top priority to focusing on the employees and their needs. He said that “When designing a prototype, it is very important to us that we fulfill our colleagues’ wishes exactly. Our goal is to provide our Audi colleagues the 3D-printed tool as quickly as possible, thus supporting them in their daily work.”

The process is another building block in the company’s digital transformation. For Audi it marks an important step in the evolution of production into a modern smart factory. The use of the futuristic technology enhances flexibility and efficiency in addition to enabling the products to be customized as suggested by the employees. Mr Stettner said that “The decision to establish the new department supports the creation of a cross-site network. Ultimately the entire Volkswagen Group will benefit from the expertise in Neckarsulm.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Audi AG sales update for March

AUDI AG delivered around 182,750 cars to customers worldwide in March. As such, deliveries were down just 0.5 percent on the prior-year level. The company set new record-breaking figures in China and the United States. This contrasted with a fall in sales in the South America and Asia-Pacific regions due to model changeovers. Audi also closed March in positive territory in its domestic market Germany where the much sought-after Q models boosted sales alongside the market introduction of the Audi e-tron (combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km*: 26.2 – 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEDC); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0). Overall the first quarter was still dominated by the detrimental effects of the WLTP switchover: In the first three months of the year, Audi delivered around 447,250 cars (-3.6%) worldwide.

Mr Martin Sander, Vice President Global Marketing and Sales of AUDI AG said that “Meanwhile we have homologated virtually all engine/transmission variants and are preparing for the second WLTP stage due to come into force from the fall. With the market introduction of our first all-electric volume-production car we’re powering ahead into the electric era.”

In March, the brand with the four rings delivered the Audi e-tron to the first customers in Europe. Most went to Germany (490) and Norway (621). The Scandinavian country is the electric mobility trailblazer in Europe, with electric vehicles set to account for almost 50 percent of the overall Norwegian market in 2019. The demand for the Audi e-tron is correspondingly high: Around a third of the more than 20,000 advance reservations worldwide come from Norway. Deliveries in the United States will begin in May. The model will be available in dealerships in China in the second half of the year.

In China, Audi continued to grow in the first quarter: In the first three months the number of deliveries increased by 3.3 percent to a record-breaking figure of 159,334 automobiles. In March too, Audi set a new record-breaking figure with 55,250 vehicles sold (+2.3%). Demand was particularly strong for the Audi A4, with the year-on-year increase of 7.6 percent bringing monthly sales to 14,854 units. Since the start of the year 43,004 Chinese customers decided to buy an A4 (+15.1%). Deliveries of the Audi A5 also increased sharply in the first quarter, up 48.6 percent to 4,272 units.

In the United States, deliveries in March were up 1.1 percent year-on-year to a new record-breaking figure of 20,302 cars sold. Demand for the popular Audi Q5 (6,529 cars, +19.3%) or the Audi A6 (1,963 cars, +67.6%) developed positively. Cumulative deliveries for Audi in the United States totaled 48,115 cars (-3.9%) for the first three months. The North America region closed the first quarter with around 57,450 automobiles sold (-6.5%). In March the region was down 1.4 percent (around 24,250 units).

Europe saw deliveries increase 1.5 percent in March to around 94,100 cars. In the domestic market Germany the brand with the four rings delivered 30,167 automobiles to customers last month, 6.8 percent more than in March 2018. Apart from the new Audi e-tron, the new Audi A1 (3,272 cars, +83.2%) and the new Audi Q3 (2,465 cars, +53.1%) or the Audi Q2 (2,992 cars, +54.9%) in particular drove growth in Germany. France (5,758 cars, +9.6%) and Belgium (3,512 cars, +7.0%) were two of the countries that performed well in March. The WLTP switchover continued to affect deliveries in Europe as a whole in the first quarter. Audi cumulative deliveries on the home continent totaled around 204,200 cars (-5.5%).

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Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen expands market share in first quarter

The Volkswagen brand delivered 542,700 vehicles worldwide in March, 7.2 percent below the record level for March 2018. The positive trend in the USA (+14.0 percent) could not compensate for lower deliveries in Asia (-10.0 percent), Europe (-3.5 percent) and South America (-12.7 percent). Volkswagen handed over a total of 1,456,400 vehicles to customers in the first quarter, 4.5 percent down on the same period in 2018. In an overall market that also saw deliveries fall, the brand therefore recorded a slight gain in its market share for the first quarter. Volkswagen Sales Board Member, Mr Jürgen Stackmann, commented that “As expected, the continued reluctance to buy on the part of customers in China impacted our deliveries figures in the first quarter. Nevertheless, strong expansion of our market share there continues. Our order books everywhere are well-filled and we are working hard on expanding our capacity for petrol engines so that we can promptly deliver vehicles ordered by our customers. The new T-Cross will debut in dealer showrooms in Europe during the coming weeks, that will give us a tailwind.”

Deliveries in the regions and markets in March developed as follows:

In Europe, the Volkswagen brand delivered 183,200 vehicles, 3.5 percent down on the same month last year. This was partly attributable to capacity restrictions for petrol engines, where demand is currently high. There was also a slight decrease of 2.4 percent to 160,600 vehicles in Western Europe. Volkswagen was nevertheless able to expand market shares in the key markets of France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

In its home market of Germany, deliveries also fell slightly compared with the same month last year, dipping 3.2 percent to 52,700 vehicles. The brand’s SUVs were especially popular with customers, with total deliveries for these models growing more than 50 percent compared with March last year. As a result, the SUV share increased from 18.1 percent in March 2018 to 28.4 percent in the month under review.

In Central and Eastern Europe, there was a sharp 10.8 percent fall in deliveries compared with the prior-year month, with 22,600 vehicles handed over to customers. At 8,500 units, deliveries in Russia, the region’s largest market, were slightly down on the previous year (-1.2 percent).

North America generated positive momentum in the month under review. Volkswagen delivered 53,700 vehicles there, an increase of 6.4 percent compared with March 2018. Growth was particularly strong in the USA, where brand deliveries rose 14.0 percent to 37,100 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen reported its best March figures since 2013 on the world’s second-largest automobile market. The popular Tiguan and Atlas SUVs accounted for over half of the deliveries in March. In Mexico, the situation remains difficult; deliveries there fell by 12.7 percent compared with March 2018.

The South America region saw a sharp fall of 12.7 percent in deliveries compared with the same month last year; 35,800 vehicles were handed over to customers there. In Brazil, the region’s largest market, deliveries decreased slightly to 27,200 vehicles (-1.9 percent). In Argentina, the sharp decline on the overall market as a result of the difficult economic situation persisted. Volkswagen was not immune to this negative trend and delivered 5,000 vehicles, a substantially smaller number than the previous year (-49.2 percent).

In the Asia-Pacific region, Volkswagen delivered 258,100 vehicles, down 10.0 percent on March 2018. This development was largely determined by continued reluctance to buy on the part of customers in China, which again led to a sharp decline in the overall market. The cut in the VAT rate that came into effect in April reinforced the trend for March and was an additional factor in the decision to postpone purchase. Although Volkswagen’s delivery figures were also down at 242,900 vehicles (-9.9 percent), the brand was nevertheless able to expand its market share further. As a result of the successful SUV offensive, there was a marked rise in the share of SUVs from 13.2 percent in March 2018 to 20.5 percent in the month under review.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen levert minder auto's af

Gepubliceerd op 12 apr 2019 om 13:34 | Views: 342

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WOLFSBURG (AFN/BLOOMBERG) - Volkswagen heeft het eerste kwartaal van het jaar minder auto's aan de man gebracht. De Duitse autobouwer kampte de afgelopen periode met een zwakkere vraag uit met name Azië en Zuid-Amerika. Al met al daalden de wereldwijde leveringen in de driemaandsperiode met bijna 3 procent tot 2,6 miljoen voertuigen.

Volgens Volkswagen gaan automakers als geheel gebukt onder mindere verkoopprestaties, mede door het Chinees-Amerikaanse handelsconflict. 's Werelds grootste automaker won naar eigen zeggen ondanks de daling van het aantal leveringen aan marktaandeel.

Bij dochter Porsche daalden de leveringen met dik 12 procent, terwijl Audi bijna 4 procent minder wagens wisten te slijten. Het merk Volkswagen zelf leverde 4,5 procent minder personenauto's af. De automaker verwacht in de loop van het jaar beter te zullen presteren. Vooral over de tweede jaarhelft is Volkswagen hoopvol.
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Duitse aanklacht oud-topman Volkswagen

Gepubliceerd op 15 apr 2019 om 13:25 | Views: 2

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BRAUNSCHWEIG (AFN/BLOOMBERG) - De Duitse justitie heeft voormalig topman Martin Winterkorn van autoconcern Volkswagen aangeklaagd vanwege ernstige fraude en schending van mededingingsregels. Winterkorn maakt deel uit van een groep van vijf personen die wordt aangeklaagd door het Openbaar Ministerie van de stad Braunschweig.

De aanklacht hangt samen met het omvangrijke dieselschandaal bij Volkswagen. Daarbij werd gesjoemeld met de software in miljoenen auto's die daardoor schoner uit tests kwamen dan ze in de praktijk zijn. Winterkorn stapte in september 2015 op bij Volkswagen, kort nadat het schandaal naar buiten kwam.

Volgens de aanklagers wist Winterkorn al sinds mei 2014 van het gesjoemel met de uitstootwaarden.
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Volkswagen Group wins further market shares

The Volkswagen Group handed over 998,900 vehicles to customers worldwide in March, corresponding to a fall of 4.3 percent compared with March 2018. In Europe (+0.6 percent) and North America (+3.7 percent), more customers took delivery of a vehicle from one of the Group brands than in the same month last year. However, this could not compensate for lower deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region (-9.9 percent) and South America (-10.2 percent). Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Head of Volkswagen Group Sales, commented: “As was the case in the first two months of the year, the Volkswagen Group again performed better than the global market in March and won further market shares. This confirms the great appeal of our brands and their products. We ended what was, as expected, a challenging first quarter with deliveries exceeding 2.6 million vehicles and high order backlogs, and are somewhat more optimistic, particularly as regards the second half of the year.”

Deliveries in the regions in March developed as follows:

In Europe, Volkswagen Group brands delivered a total of 483,100 vehicles, representing a slight increase of 0.6 percent on the same month last year. In Central and Eastern Europe, 69,900 customers took delivery of their new vehicle from one of the Group brands, 3.6 percent fewer than in March 2018. In Western Europe, Group deliveries grew 1.4 percent to 413,200 vehicles. In the home market of Germany, deliveries were2.4 percent higher than the previous year, with 133,100 vehicles handed over to customers there.

There was also positive momentum from North America, where deliveries rose by 3.7 percent to 87,000. At 8.2 percent, growth in the USA was even stronger, with 62,500 customers taking delivery of their new Group vehicle. 15,100 vehicles (-7.8 percent) were delivered in Mexico, where the overall economic situation remained difficult.

In South America, deliveries fell by10.2 percent to 45,500. Brazil, the region’s largest market, recorded growth of 3.9 percent. 33,700 vehicles were handed over to customers there. Overall economic conditions in Argentina remained difficult, with Group brands handing over 6,400 vehicles to customers, a sharp fall of 49.0 percent. Nevertheless, the Group also saw slight growth in its market share there.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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ŠKODA AUTO celebrates its 22 millionth vehicle

The 22 millionth ŠKODA vehicle was produced. The milestone vehicle, a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT in Velvet Red, rolled off the production line at the SAIC VOLKSWAGEN plant in Changsha. This Sunday, the vehicle will be presented at the ‘ŠKODA Day’ which is taking place ahead of this year’s Auto Shanghai (16-25 April). ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier said, “ŠKODA is growing very dynamically. We have sold more than a quarter of all the ŠKODA vehicles produced in our company’s 124-year history in the last five years alone. The passing of the 22-million mark is yet another milestone that motivates us to consistently continue this growth. We will be doing this by launching more than 30 new models in the markets by the end of 2022 as part of our product campaign. China will play a crucial role in this: since we entered the Chinese market twelve years ago, ŠKODA AUTO has developed very well there – China is now our largest single market. Our attractive model range as well as our great and trusting collaboration with our long-standing joint venture partner, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN, are the foundations for this success.”

ŠKODA AUTO is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. As early as 1905, the company started car production in Mladá Boleslav with the Voiturette A developed by the company founders Laurin and Klement. Since then, it has been produced 22 million ŠKODA vehicles at Czech and international plants.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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The millionth Volkswagen Sharan has rolled off the assembly line in Portugal

The millionth Sharan rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen Autoeuropa in Palmela since production started there 24 years ago. Its safety, space utilisation and sliding door concept continues to impress families and long-haul drivers around the world. Nowadays, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) dominate the roads but at the beginning of the nineties, it was the multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) that triggered a real van boom. The Sharan has remained one of the most popular vehicles in this segment to this day. But the Sharan has not only been successful in Europe, but also as a top-of-the-range business van in Asia. Currently, the multivariable vehicle is available on a total of 33 markets, with Germany being one of the main markets.

The family-friendly Sharan impresses with its huge variability and particularly good space utilisation. The current generation offers numerous new safety features as standard, making it one of the most advanced vehicles in its segment. The Lane Assist lane keeping system and the Front Assist area monitoring system are installed as standard. Front Assist warns when you are driving too close to the vehicle in front and intervenes by applying the brakes within the system limits.

The first Sharan came onto the market in autumn 1995. Even then, the engine portfolio managed to be powerful but with low fuel consumption. This approach has remained unchanged to this day. Since September 2019, the Sharan’s engines have complied with the obligatory Euro 6d TEMP emission standard.

Apart from the Sharan, Volkswagen Autoeuropa also produces the sister model Seat Alhambra and the compact T-Roc. A total of more than 2.7 million units of a variety of models (including the Eos and Scirocco) have been manufactured in Palmela.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen launches Ameo Corporate edition in India

Volkswagen launched new corporate edition of Ameo on Friday at a starting price of INR 6.69 lakh. The latest Ameo edition is equipped with segment leading features and safety elements. Exclusively designed for the Indian market, the Ameo caters to the young generation of entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals that are full of energy, focused and passionate about their work.

Mr Steffen Knapp, Director Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said “The made-for-India and made-in-India Ameo is carline specifically developed for the Indian market. It’s a true testament of German engineering in a compact sedan filled with segment leading features. Through the Ameo Corporate edition, we aim to offer globally renowned standards of safety, quality and fun-to-drive experience to all our customers”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen Dresden installs expandable electric charging infrastructure

The Transparent Factory in Dresden is expanding its electric charging infrastructure. Extra charging points have been installed at Volkswagen’s Dresden site as part of a joint venture with the start-up ChargeX. Just days after receiving CE certification, the start-up’s first charging solution anywhere in the world has officially come on stream. The idea behind it is as clever as it is cost-effective: the only installation required was a 22 kW wall box. Two additional charging points are now connected using an intelligent power strip. 32 charging points are now available for staff and visitors. Pilot projects are also planned at other Volkswagen locations. The Office of Economic Development for the City of Dresden is also providing about €36,500 of funding for a pilot project in which ChargeX will conduct practical testing of integrated charging control (load management).

The wall boxes which are now available to use in the factory’s underground car park can be extended by up to six modular charging points using a plug&play adapter system. A total of seven electric vehicles can be connected simultaneously. Integrated, intelligent load management ensures that the connected vehicles are not charge in parallel and also maintains the power input. ChargeX developed the idea of a power strip for charging stations as part of the Future Mobility Incubator, the foundation scheme for start-ups in the Transparent Factory.

Including the new charging points, the Transparent Factory now has 32 operational charging stations. Both quick chargers are available for public use in the electric mobility station, the largest electric filling station in Dresden. 17 electric vehicles are currently in use at Volkswagen’s Dresden site. This means that around two-thirds of vehicles in the official mobility fleet are electrified. And there’s more: In 2018, the Transparent Factory became the first of the Volkswagen brand’s sites to achieve carbon-neutral operation. The power supply from Volkswagen Naturstrom® is free from CO2, while the carbon emissions from the heat supply are 100% offset by the purchase of climate certificates.

Since the beginning of 2019, the Volkswagen subsidiary Elli (Electric Life) has been supplying 100 percent CO2-free Volkswagen Naturstrom® to private households and small businesses with and without electric vehicles.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen launches model offensive in China

Volkswagen plans an extensive model offensive in China. The brand will have doubled its SUV range by 2020. Volkswagen announced during the Auto Shanghai 2019, that the share of SUVs is expected to rise to up to 40 per cent. It is targeting the tradiotional part as well as the growing e-mobility sector. The Volkswagen brand presented five new SUV, four of them as world premieres. SAIC VOLKSWAGEN showed the T-Cross and the soon to be launched Teramont X, FAW-VW the SUV Coupé Concept and SMV Concept. Besides the four models of the joint ventures the latest member of the ID. Family celebrated its world premiere: the ID. ROOMZZ.

Volkswagen is entering the second year of its Move Forward brand initiative in China. “Volkswagen is reinventing itself. We will become even more adventurous with the design and body styles of our cars, while at the same time bringing exciting technology and a choice of new energy vehicles,” said Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group and Brand China. He expects the revitalization of the Chinese market especially after the sales tax was lowered.

WORLD PREMIERE: ID. ROOMZZ
Volkswagen is planning to introduce a range of new, electric-only vehicles from 2021 onwards in China: the ID. family. Starting with the introduction of a mid-size SUV, the ID. ROOMZZ previews a large-size ID. flagship SUV that will have its global launch in China, in about two years from now. The MEB vehicle architecture, with the battery pack included in the vehicle floor, results in abundant interior space, allowing for completely new seating configurations, and turning the SUV into a lounge on wheels.

WORLD PREMIERE: Teramont X
SAIC VOLKSAWAGEN’s Teramont X will be launched early summer in China. It offers customers a tough, 5-seater version of the extremely successful regular Teramont, with pleasing fastback styling.

T-Cross: attractive and functional at the same time
The T-Cross was launched on April 11 as the fourth SUV of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN. Mr Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for Sales, Marketing and After Sales said that “Attractive new models like the T-Cross show how fast the Volkswagen brand is moving forward, addressing new, aspiring lifestyles and target groups.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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China plays key role in Volkswagen Group’s e mobility strategy

China will play a key role in the Volkswagen group’s global transformation and its accompanying decarbonization program. Thus, this year will see an intensified roll-out of new energy models. Volkswagen Group China aims to produce more than half of the group’s global objective of 22 million BEVs by 2028. To speed up its e-offensive, it will also launch a new joint venture in charging infrastructure. All this will lay the foundation for wide acceptance of e-mobility. Meanwhile, in the area of future technologies, Volkswagen Group China is combining its research power, with Volkswagen brand, Audi and Group R&D working together within the new ONE R&D structure.

Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen AG, said that “We are fulfilling our promises, not only to comply with the new regulations in China, but also to reduce the auto industry’s impact on our society through clean mobility and better production processes. For this plan, China is of great importance.”

Dr Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said that “Volkswagen Group China is going full-scale electric in 2019. We will be offering 14 NEV models in China this year providing customers with unprecedented choice. With the first two models based on the MEB platform launching next year and our investment in digitalization, we and our partners have laid the foundation to redefine what mobility means in China, and transform it.”

Volkswagen Group aims to produce 11.6 million BEVs in China by 2028, more than half the group’s global objective of 22 million. Initiatives with all three Chinese vehicle production joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and JAC Volkswagen will enable this target to be reached.

With construction progressing on MEB platforms at SAIC VOLKSWAGEN in Anting and FAW-Volkswagen in Foshan, Volkswagen will have the technical capacity to produce an additional 600,000 pure electric vehicles a year in China when the two plants become operational next year.

In addition, the JAC Volkswagen joint venture is jointly working on its own e-car platform together with SEAT for the production of smaller NEVs.

The Group is backing this up with strong efforts to lower the ecological footprint of its 33 production plants in China. Last year alone, CO2 emissions from its China production activities were slashed by 13%, saving 390,000 tons of CO2.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Mobility for Megacities: Audi AI:ME

At Auto Shanghai 2019, Audi is introducing a visionary mobility concept for the megacities of the future: The showcar, known as the Audi AI:ME, offers compact dimensions, a spacious, futuristic interior, and the ability to drive autonomously at level 4. This allows the occupants to do what they like with their time on board. The Audi AI:ME offers a broad range of high-tech features for communication, entertainment, or simply relaxation. The body line of the Audi AI:ME demonstrates how emotion and spatial economy can form a perfect synthesis in an electrically driven compact car. There is a reason that the name AI:ME emphasizes the relation to the Audi AIcon, the study of automated long-distance operation introduced in 2017. The affinity of the body line and the concept of these two cars will become evident in Shanghai, as the AIcon will flank the world premiere on the stage of the Audi booth at Auto Shanghai 2019.

With an exterior length of 4.30 meters (14.1 ft) and a width of 1,90 meters (6.2 ft), the Audi AI:ME takes up as much traffic space as a present-day compact car. However, the wheelbase of 2.77 meters (3 ft) and the height of 1.52 meters (5 ft) indicate interior dimensions that are more likely to be found in the next higher class at least. This is made possible by the architecture of the electric drive. It allows for short overhangs and a large-volume interior without a propeller shaft tunnel. The drive unit is positioned on the rear axle and mobilizes 125 kW (170 metric hp).

For the occupants, the compact drive package offers a maximum amount of objectively available space, spatial comfort, and a great deal of variability. The Audi AI:ME is designed as a 2 plus-x-seater. Its layout relies on a variety of configurations for seat positions and stowage space. While only the individual seats at the front will be used during most journeys, the car offers space for up to four people in the front and on the rear bench if necessary.

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Audi self-driving unit taps newcomer Aeva for its unique lidar

Tech Crunch reported that Audi’s self-driving unit has tapped a startup with a unique approach to lidar as it ramps up testing in Munich using a fleet of autonomous electric e-tron crossover vehicles. Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID, said that it’s using lidar sensors developed by Aeva, a startup founded just two years ago by veterans of Apple and Nikon.

Aeva, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company started by Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, has developed what it describes as “4D lidar” that can measure distance as well as instant velocity without losing range, all while preventing interference from the sun or other sensors. Move past the 4D branding-speak, and the tech is compelling.

Lidar, or light detection and ranging radar, measures distance. It’s considered by many (with Tesla as one exception) in the emerging automated driving industry as a critical and necessary sensor. And for years, that industry has been dominated by Velodyne.

Today, there are dozens of lidar startups that have popped up with promises of technological breakthroughs that will offer lower-cost sensors with better resolution and accuracy than Velodyne. It’s a promise that is fraught with challenges, notably the ability to scale up manufacturing.

Traditional lidar sensors are able to determine distance by sending out high-power pulses of light outside the visible spectrum and then tracking how long it takes for each of those pulses to return. As they come back, the direction of, and distance to, whatever those pulses hit are recorded as a point and eventually forms a 3D map.

Aeva’s sensors emit a continuous low-power laser, which allows them to sense instant velocity of every point in the frame at ranges up to 300 meters, the company says. In other words, Aeva’s sensors can determine distance and direction, as well as speed of the objects coming to or moving away from them. This is a handy perception feature for autonomous vehicles operating in an environment of objects that travel at different speeds, like pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles.

Aeva, backed by investors including Lux Capital and Canaan Partners, says its sensors are also unique because they’re “free” from interference from other sensors or sunlight.

It was this combination of long-range perception, instantaneous velocity measurements at cm/s precision and robustness to interferences that sold AID CTO Alexandre Haag on the Aeva sensors.

Aeva spent the past 18 months going through a validation process with Audi and parent company Volkswagen. This announcement confirms that Aeva has made it past a critical hurdle in Audi’s AV plans. Aeva’s sensors are already on Audi e-tron development vehicles in Munich. The automaker plans to bring autonomous driving to urban mobility services within the next few years.

Source : Tech Crunch
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Volkswagen India rolls out One millionth car from its Pune Plant in Chakan

Volkswagen Pune Plant achieved a historic milestone as the one millionth car rolled out of its assembly line. The celebratory car, the made-for-India Volkswagen Carbon Steel Ameo, rolled out in presence of Mr Gurpratap Boparai MD Volkswagen India Private Limited, Mr Steffen Knapp Director Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, the top management of Volkswagen Pune Plant and some of the oldest employees who have been part of the production department since a decade at Volkswagen Pune Plant. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility became operational on 31st March 2009 with the production of the first car, the SKODA Fabia. Three more models – Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Skoda Rapid soon started rolling off the production site by end of 2010. The plant which was initially set up for catering to the Indian market, also started exporting cars to various other markets beginning with South Africa in 2012. Mexico went on to become one of the most important destinations for the made in India cars and the Vento quickly became the highest selling Volkswagen in that market. Today, more than 400,000 cars manufactured from the Volkswagen Pune Plant have reached more than 50 different countries across four continents of the world including Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

Volkswagen has shown immense commitment towards the Indian market over the last 10 years of its operations in the country. The millionth car, an Ameo, is a fine example of how Volkswagen designed and built a car especially for the Indian market while considering the local customer and market requirements. The Volkswagen Group is further strengthening its commitment and hold in the market through its regional project INDIA 2.0. The focus of this project is to develop more cars that are relevant to the requirements of the Indian market on a platform that has been localised. The Volkswagen Group is investing 1 billion Euros (INR 8,000 crore) in this project and has already set up a Technology Centre at the Pune Plant to start local development.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Mr David Hanna takes a new role in Bugatti Automobiles of Volkswagen

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Head of Fleet, David Hanna, is to take on a new role in the brand as Head of Service and Parts. He replaces Trevor Hodgson-Phillips who left the brand at the end of March to take on a new role in Volkswagen Group sister brand Bugatti Automobiles SAS. In his new role, Hanna will be responsible for defining and delivering all aftersales programmes and standards, as well as for customer quality and people development. David will start his new role on 1 May 2019. His successor will be appointed and announced in due course.

Hanna’s first role in the Volkswagen Group was with Audi UK; he joined Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in October 2017. Prior to starting at Audi in 2014, he worked at Nissan where he held roles covering both cars, electric vehicles and light commercial vehicles within product marketing, planning and fleet sales, and he has also worked for Mitsubishi UK.

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Volkswagen to build electric vehicle plant with JAC in China

Reuters reported that according to a document posted online by the Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area, Volkswagen AG's joint venture with China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co plans to invest CNY 5.06 billion (USD 751 million) in a new electric car factory in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei. Volkswagen and JAC had obtained approval from environmental authorities to build a plant capable of producing 100,000 all-electric battery cars a year.

A spokesperson for the joint venture confirmed plans for the plant, saying the approval represented an orderly advancement of the project.

Source : Reuters
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Volkswagen makes supply chain transparent with blockchain

Optimizing supply chains, eliminating sources of error, guaranteeing social and ecological standards these are the goals of the collaboration between the Volkswagen Group and Minespider. Together with the blockchain specialist, a pilot project is to be set up to achieve transparency in the the global supply chain for lead. Blockchain technology makes it possible to trace the raw material back to the point of origin by means of digital certificates. The Volkswagen Group plans to use this technology for further raw materials and their supply chains.

Supply chain transparency is a major issue in many industries, including the automotive sector. Responsible raw material procurement is fundamental for sustainable mobility. Going forward, Volkswagen will be using blockchain, the technology behind various cryptocurrencies, to ensure more transparency and security in the supply chain. Starting in April, Volkswagen will be collaborating with Minespider to trace the supply chain for lead from the point of origin to the factory. The point of origin will be either the mine or the recycling source. The pilot project will involve suppliers and sub-suppliers that deliver more than two thirds of the Group’s total lead starter battery requirements.

The solution developed by Minespider is a proprietary protocol built on a public blockchain. A multi-layer architecture guarantees the security of the sensitive supply chain data despite the open source approach. One layer of the protocol contains generally accessible information, a second layer contains the private data blocks which cannot subsequently be changed, and the third layer is the encryption layer. The advantage versus a private blockchain is that everyone from suppliers and sub-suppliers through to those directly responsible for mining or recycling the raw material works with one system, even if several supply chains are involved.

This creates a common digital infrastructure that allows the transparent exchange of information. Mr Marco Philippi, Head of Strategy Group Procurement, commented that “Digitalization provides important technological instruments that enable us to track the path of minerals and raw materials in cross-border supply chains in ever greater detail. Together with Minespider we will use the blockchain technology to make our processes more transparent and secure.”

The pilot project on the supply chain for lead also serves to define the framework for broader collaboration. Following the successful completion of this pilot, it is planned to use the technology for further raw materials and their supply chains. Mr Nathan Williams, CEO of Minespider said that “We are witnessing a transformation of global supply chains. Companies have the right to know that their suppliers are operating responsibly and with blockchain we finally have the tools to prove it.”

For decades, the Volkswagen Group has pursued the principle that sustainability and social responsibility do not start at the production plant. In a company with international production sites and sales activities in over 150 countries, due diligence is an enormous challenge and a major responsibility. The stated goal is to use industrial raw materials that are extracted sustainably in a socially and environmentally sound manner.

The present collaboration is the outcome of a “Hackathon for Supply Chain Transparency” held in 2018, where Minespider came out on top. During the event that is one element of the Volkswagen Group’s corporate citizenship, some 100 experts from various disciplines worked together to further develop innovative, digital solutions for more supply chain transparency. The hackathon series continues in 2019.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Volkswagen handhaaft verwachtingen na winstval

FONDS KOERS VERSCHIL VERSCHIL % BEURS
Volkswagen AG
165,65 6,25 3,92 % Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Xetra)
Volkswagen AG
165,00 6,20 3,90 % Euronext Brussel

(ABM FN-Dow Jones) Volkswagen heeft de outlook voor heel dit jaar gehandhaafd, nadat de winst in het eerste kwartaal van dit jaar terugviel. Dit maakte de Duitse autobouwer donderdagochtend bekend.

De winst voor belastingen daalde in het afgelopen kwartaal op jaarbasis van 4,5 miljard tot 4,1 miljard euro. De omzet steeg met 3,1 procent tot 60,0 miljard euro, ondanks een daling in de leveringen. Volkswagen gaf geen cijfer voor de nettowinst af.

De operationele winst daalde van 4,2 miljard naar 3,9 miljard euro, mede vanwege een bate van 1,0 miljard euro gerelateerd aan juridische risico's. Hierdoor viel het positieve effect van de waardering uit derivaten vrijwel weg.

Financieel directeur Frank Witter sprak van een hoge volatiliteit in de waardering van derivaten, hetgeen een positieve bijdrage had van 400 miljoen euro aan de aangepaste operationele winst in het afgelopen kwartaal.

Volkswagen handhaafde de verwachtingen voor heel het jaar. Dit betekent dat de autobouwer blijft mikken op een omzetstijging van circa vijf procent en een operationeel rendement op verkopen van 6,5 tot 7 procent.

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