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Volkswagen reports strong 2019 sales, concedes 2020 unlikely to compare as factories shut down for COVID-19 measures
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18th Mar 2020
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Volkswagen reports strong 2019 sales, concedes 2020 unlikely to compare as factories shut down for COVID-19 measures

After releasing strong 2019 sales figures, Volkswagen has announced it will suspend production across Europe, citing coronavirus concerns and a “rapid decline” in the automotive markets. The Volkswagen Auto Group posted growth across its Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Porsche and Scania brands in 2019 (with Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles the only brands to see decline), however the early months of 2020 have thrust the marque into uncertainty.
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Liam Murphy
2020 Geneva Motor Show cancelled: What the car brands are doing instead
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2nd Mar 2020
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2020 Geneva Motor Show cancelled: What the car brands are doing instead

With news the 90th annual Geneva motor show had been cancelled three days out from its opening amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the world's biggest motoring brands were forced to get innovative.
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Susannah Guthrie
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar teased ahead of Geneva reveal
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12th Feb 2020
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Bentley Mulliner Bacalar teased ahead of Geneva reveal

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is a new coach-built model set to debut at the 2020 Geneva motor show on March 3, European time. The company says the new car is a grand touring model featuring "sustainable and ethically-sourced materials", and inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept (below) unveiled in the middle of last year.
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Derek Fung
Bentley V8 engine turns 60
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17th Nov 2019
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Bentley V8 engine turns 60

The motoring world isn't kind to old technology. The average model cycle is eight years, with a styling change halfway through to keep things fresh – if you're really good at facelifts, maybe a model can be stretched to 12 or 13 years. Bentley doesn't really work on the same timelines as the rest of the motoring industry, though. Forget 12 years, the V8 engine in the current Mulsanne has just turned 60.
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Scott Collie
Volkswagen CEO and chairman charged with Dieselgate offences in Germany
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24th Sep 2019
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Volkswagen CEO and chairman charged with Dieselgate offences in Germany

German prosecutors from Braunschweig have filed charges against three current and former Volkswagen executives for failing to warn investors early enough about the financial implications of the Dieselgate emissions cheating scheme. The three men charged are the Volkswagen Group's current CEO Herbert Diess, its current chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, and Martin Winterkorn, the company's CEO at the time the scandal broke.
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Derek Fung