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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen car to become an electric four-door - report

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle could be a four-door only model riding on the company's MEB electric car platform, available with rear-wheel drive. According to Autocar, this proposal is currently under consideration by the people who matter at Volkswagen, but a decision has yet to be reached...

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Audi e-tron snapped on the Nurburgring
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Audi e-tron snapped on the Nurburgring

The first all-electric, mass-produced Audi – the e-tron – has been snapped on the Nurburgring, continuing the long buildup to its full launch later this year. Here's what we know about the e-tron, which officially launches on August 30. In prototype form, it offers more than 500km of range on a full charge, and hits 100km/h in 4.6 seconds...


Audi e-tron to debut on August 30
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Audi e-tron to debut on August 30

Ladies and gentlemen, stop holding your breath: we finally have an official launch date for the first mass-production Audi electric vehicle. Mark down August 30 in your diary, that's when the covers will finally come off the e-tron. It's been teased extensively, and a heavily camouflaged prototype was revealed in Geneva, but the end of August will be the first proper look at the car in production guise...


Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025
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Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

Audi has announced plans to sell 800,000 pure-electric and plug-in vehicles in 2025, as the brand doubles down on its commitment to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Audi AG board chairman, said the company wants to "revolutionise mobility" and become the top luxury manufacturer in the e-mobility space – not exactly unique goals, given both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively planning their own plug-in revolutions...


Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept revealed
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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept revealed

The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept has been unveiled this week, previewing the company's vision for a fully-autonomous electric sedan. Based on Volkswagen's MEB electric vehicle (EV) platform, the I.D. Vizzion features artificial intelligence (AI), an electric powertrain with a range of up to 413 miles (665km) per charge, and Level 5 autonomous systems, removing the need for traditional driver controls...


Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025
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Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025

Skoda has announced plans to offer five electric vehicles (EV) by 2025, along with its first plug-in hybrid in 2019. In a new release, the Czech subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group confirmed it is planning five EV models across "various segments", with the first model in this new electric family to be built in the Czech Republic...


Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report
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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...


Volkswagen ID Kombi concept bound for Detroit
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Volkswagen ID Kombi concept bound for Detroit

A new Volkswagen ID concept will make its debut at the Detroit motor show in January, and this one will be yet another modern take on the iconic Kombi. The automaker has released three teaser images for its forthcoming Detroit concept car, which will be a follow up to the ID Concept unveiled at the Paris motor show this year...


Volkswagen details Transform 2025+ plan: e-mobility onslaught, new digital connectivity coming
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Volkswagen details Transform 2025+ plan: e-mobility onslaught, new digital connectivity coming

German automotive giant Volkswagen has announced its Transform 2025+ strategy this week, further detailing the company's plans for the decade ahead. At the forefront of Volkswagen's goals for the next decade, and beyond, is to clearly position itself at the top of volume segments globally, and becoming a leader in electric vehicles...


Volkswagen teases 'revolutionary' EV concept ahead of Paris debut
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Volkswagen teases 'revolutionary' EV concept ahead of Paris debut

Volkswagen has teased a concept electric vehicle that will debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, which starts at the end of this month. Last month, Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen brand, told Wirtschafts Woche that the company's Paris debutant will be an EV around the same size as the Golf...


Audi planning three EVs by 2020, autonomous car in the pipeline - report
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Audi planning three EVs by 2020, autonomous car in the pipeline - report

Audi is looking to an electrified future, with the luxury marque’s CEO revealing it aims to have three fully-electric models on the market by the end of the decade. Last week a source within Audi told Reuters the company is planning for electric vehicles (EVs) to account for a quarter of its sales by 2025...


2019 Skoda Superb to be the company's first plug-in hybrid - report
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2019 Skoda Superb to be the company's first plug-in hybrid - report

The new Skoda Superb is expected to be the first electrified model from the Czech manufacturer, which will be followed by a range of Volkswagen Group plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) models over the next ten years. Skoda is understood to be planning a plug-in hybrid variant of the Superb for 2019, which will make it the first PHEV of any type from the brand, followed by its first fully electric vehicle (EV) a few years later...


Volkswagen Budd-e electric concept bound for production - report
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Volkswagen Budd-e electric concept bound for production - report

The all-electric Volkswagen Budd-e microvan concept, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, is reportedly poised to enter production in the near future. In 2011, the world had its first glimpse of Volkswagen’s new microvan concept with the Bulli, which introduced a funky design and retro paintwork that threw back to the T1 Type 2 Kombi’s of the '60s and '70s...


Volkswagen will priortise EV development with new electric Phaeton because of "dieselgate"
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Volkswagen will priortise EV development with new electric Phaeton because of "dieselgate"

The board in charge of the Volkswagen brand has announced a series of measures regarding its future products in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal, which has dominated the automotive and mainstream press over the last month. Herbert Diess, chief of the Volkswagen brand, announced overnight that the company will "reorient" its diesel motor plan, as well as concentrate on electric vehicles...