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Volkswagen may share MEB EV platform with Ford

Volkswagen may grant Ford access to the company's upcoming MEB electric car platform as part of wide-ranging collaboration talks between the two car makers...

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Ford may partner with Volkswagen for passenger car development
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Ford may partner with Volkswagen for passenger car development

Ford and Volkswagen may join forces to develop passenger cars together as part of wide-ranging partnership talks between the two automakers. In an interview with Bloomberg Bob Shanks, Ford's chief financial officer, noted the companies are "having a very broad set of discussions about how we can help each other around the world"...


Volkswagen top-sellers now WLTP compliant
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Volkswagen top-sellers now WLTP compliant

Volkswagen Group has brought its top-selling models into line with Worldwide Harmonised Light vehicle Testing (WLTP) regulations, after the tougher rules came into force on September 1. Reporting in Automotive News Europe says Volkswagen Group sales fell by half across the five biggest European markets, after a number of its top-selling vehicles didn't meet emissions standards under the tough new testing procedure...


Volkswagen, Bosch executives refuse to testify in Dieselgate lawsuit - report
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Volkswagen, Bosch executives refuse to testify in Dieselgate lawsuit - report

Former Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, and Bosch CEO, Volkmar Denner, are among witnesses refusing to testify in a trial against Porsche SE, the main shareholder of Volkswagen Group. The presiding judge of the regional court in Stuttgart, Fabian Richter Reuschle, said of the decision: “we have to accept that we cannot force them to incriminate themselves," according to reporting from Automotive News...


Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report
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Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report

The Seat Arona looks set to be the next model in the Spanish brand's line-up to be fettled by its new Cupra performance sub-brand – according to a new report. Spain's Motor.es claims the hotted-up crossover is scheduled for release in 2020 as a 2021 model, around the same time the Arona will go through a mid-life refresh...


Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit
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Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit

Seat has debuted its new 'Digital Cockpit' on the Arona crossover and Ibiza hatchback this week. Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Seat Digital Cockpit "not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation"...


Volkswagen and Skoda initiate Takata recall
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Volkswagen and Skoda initiate Takata recall

Volkswagen Group Australia has initiated its recall for over 100,000 vehicles across various model lines fitted with faulty Takata airbags, as part of the Australian Government's mandatory safety recall that requires all defective inflators to be replaced by 31 December 2020...


Ex-Volkswagen engine chief bailed
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Ex-Volkswagen engine chief bailed

Ex-Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi research and development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has been released from pre-trial detention under a strict set of conditions designed to stop him fleeing Germany. According to reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the ex-engine boss was bailed for €3 million ($4.7 million) earlier this week...


Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report
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Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report

Volkswagen will close its factory in Wolfsburg for one or two days per week between August and late September, as it tackles problems caused by the new Worldwide Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Reports from Automotive News in Europe say Volkswagen told employees about the closures over email on Tuesday...


Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'
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Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...


Skoda Octavia: 245 DSG to become sole RS for MY19
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Skoda Octavia: 245 DSG to become sole RS for MY19

Remember last month when we wrote about the MY19 Volkswagen Golf GTI losing the manual option? The three-pedal casualties have continued elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group, with the Skoda Octavia RS also losing its stick-shift variants for 2019...


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...


2018 Skoda Karoq arrival advances to June
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2018 Skoda Karoq arrival advances to June

Skoda Australia has updated timing for the arrival of its hotly-anticipated Karoq, which is now set to touch down in June. Earlier this month, Skoda's local communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the mid-sized crossover would be here in September. As it turns out, Skoda was anticipating a delay in supply, but the company has since managed to push the Karoq's arrival forward to June...


Volkswagen Group management shuffled under new CEO
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Volkswagen Group management shuffled under new CEO

Volkswagen Group has announced a significant executive restructure, as it chases "more efficient" management under new CEO, Dr. Herbert Diess. As reported earlier this week, Matthias Muller has 'stepped down' from his position as CEO, less than three years after taking on the role amid the Dieselgate storm...


Volkswagen Group CEO to be replaced soon - reports
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Volkswagen Group CEO to be replaced soon - reports

Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, could be replaced by as soon as this Friday, if a report out of Germany proves to be correct. According to Handelsblatt, current Mueller will be removed from his role as CEO, even though his contract runs until 2020...


Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification
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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification

Porsche has announced it plans to spend more than €6 billion ($9.42 billion) on electromobility within the next five years, doubling its expenditure to focus on upcoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models and electric vehicles (EV). Decided at the most recent Porsche AG Supervisory Board meeting, the investment has been divided into material assets and development costs – around €3b ($4...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi claims 2017 sales crown – here are the numbers
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi claims 2017 sales crown – here are the numbers

The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has claimed the global passenger vehicle sales crown for 2017 ahead of the Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company. According to figures released by the various companies, the French-Japanese alliance has successfully broken the two-way lockout of the sales charts in recent times...


CarAdvice podcast 84: Your suggestions for our 2018 makeover!
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CarAdvice podcast 84: Your suggestions for our 2018 makeover!

For the last episode of the year, Mandy Turner is joined by Paul Maric and Mike Costello. Topics covered in car news this week include the reveal of the Tesla-rivalling NIO ES8 SUV. Also unveiled were the Jeep Cherokee facelift, Honda Insight in Prototype form, and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500...


Audi decides to keep Ducati
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Audi decides to keep Ducati

Audi has ditched plans to sell Ducati, electing instead to keep the motorcycle division. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, confirmed to Reuters and other news outlets: "I can assure you that Ducati belongs to the Audi family. Ducati is the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy in the world of motorbikes...


Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity
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Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity

The Volkswagen Group, parent to brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, has announced its future investment plans this week, including a commitment of over $52.81 billion (EUR 34 billion) into new-age automotive technology development. Matthias Müller, CEO for the German automotive group, said: "We are reinventing the car...