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Volkswagen to release smaller ID.1 and ID.2 electric models by 2024
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17th Mar 2020
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Volkswagen to release smaller ID.1 and ID.2 electric models by 2024

Volkswagen is looking to fortify its electric assault with the addition of two smaller models in the ID range – the ID.1 and ID.2, as reported by Car. The models will be built on familiar, scalable MEB electric architecture – the same seen in the larger ID.3 and ID.4, however costs will be brought down by reducing features and driving range. “We can shrink the MEB architecture with less content to get the cost down,” Volkswagen brand chief Ralf Brandstätter told Car.
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Liam Murphy
The sleek Spanish small car that bypasses Australia
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1st Feb 2020
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The sleek Spanish small car that bypasses Australia

The Volkswagen Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Seat (pronounced say-art), has spent €1.1 billion developing and producing its new Volkswagen Golf spinoff hatch and wagon in Barcelona. Design-wise the Leon sports a hexagonal grille flanked by angry LED headlights, a sculpted body, a raking window line with large C-pillar, and 'coast-to-coast' tail lights. The coefficient of drag is around eight per cent better than before.
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Mike Costello
BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen fined for steel cartel
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22nd Nov 2019
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BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen fined for steel cartel

Germany's three major automakers, the BMW Group, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) and the Volkswagen Group, have been fined a total of €100 million ($163 million) for forming a cartel to buy certain steel products. The Bundeskartellamt, Germany's competition commission, says the three car companies met twice a year with steel makers between 2004 and 2013 to set uniform surcharges for the long steel they purchased. Illegally set prices were in use until 2016.
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Derek Fung
2020 Seat Ateca spied
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31st Jul 2019
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2020 Seat Ateca spied

The facelifted Seat Ateca has been spied during development testing in the Austrian Alps, ahead of an anticipated launch sometime next year. Despite the camouflage wrap adorning the front end it doesn't look like there will be drastic changes for the Spanish crossover, likely limited to revised bumper details and rejigged headlights.
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James Wong
EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology
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5th Apr 2019
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EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology

According to an investigation by the EU's anti-trust regulator, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen worked together between 2006 and 2014 to stymie competition in developing emissions cleaning technology. The so-called "circle of five", which included engineers from Audi and Porsche, are said to have "coordinated their AdBlue dosing strategies, AdBlue tank size and refill ranges ... with the common understanding that they thereby limited AdBlue-consumption and exhaust gas cleaning effectiveness".
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Derek Fung