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Volkswagen mulling sub-€20,000 electric car - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building an entry-level electric car priced below the important €20,000 ($32,300) barrier in Europe. According to Reuters, the group's supervisory board will meet on November 16, European time, to discuss the proposal...

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Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service
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Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service

Volkswagen will launch an autonomous, electric ride-hailing service in 2019, as part of a partnership with Mobileye and Champion Motors in Israel. The pure-electric cars will come from Volkswagen, a plug-and-play Level 4 autonomous kit is being supplied by Mobileye, and Champion Motors will manage the fleet control centre...


Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept unveiled
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Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept unveiled

The Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Hannover commercial vehicle show. As its name suggests, the Buzz is a cargo van take on the ID Buzz concept unveiled in Detroit at the beginning of 2017. It should be noted, the Cargo features a rear overhang that's 106mm longer than the regular ID Buzz...


Volkswagen CEO admits electric car push will cost more than expected
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Volkswagen CEO admits electric car push will cost more than expected

Herbert Diess, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, has admitted developing a broad electric car range is more expensive than the company first thought. “The burden for our company, such as the cost of bringing to market electric cars, will be higher than expected,” Diess said in an interview published in Volkswagen's internal company newsletter and seen by Bloomberg...


Volkswagen considering an all-electric R model
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Volkswagen considering an all-electric R model

With the electric Volkswagen ID hatch, ID Buzz people mover, and ID Crozz crossover all approved for production, the Wolfburg-based firm is thinking of adding some excitement to the battery-powered range. "We have an idea [for an electric R], based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet," Jost Capito, head of Volkswagen's R division, told Autocar...


Volkswagen I.D. R's record-breaking Pikes Peak run - onboard video
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Volkswagen I.D. R's record-breaking Pikes Peak run - onboard video

Volkswagen set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb a whole month ago, but onboard footage of Romain Dumas' full run in the I.D. R is only just surfacing. The all-electric racer annihilated Sebastien Loeb's record up the famous Colorado course, completing it in just 7:57.148 – and apparently it could have gone faster, had the high-altitude hillclimb not been cloaked in soupy fog...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen has added another record to the I.D. R's trophy cabinet, setting a new high watermark for electric cars up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. The low-slung electric Volkswagen took just 43.05 seconds to complete the run, comfortably besting the 47.34 mark set by Jonny Cocker in the Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record

Hot on the heels of its triumph at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Volkswagen is letting the all-electric I.D. R loose at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The all-wheel drive tearaway will be piloted by Romain Dumas, who has his sights set on breaking yet another pure-electric record. Along with the I.D...


Volkswagen I.D. R: Powertrain detailed ahead of Pikes Peak
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Volkswagen I.D. R: Powertrain detailed ahead of Pikes Peak

Volkswagen's assault on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is less than two weeks away, and the trickle of information about the I.D. R is becoming a flood. After detailing its aerodynamics package, VW has provided a peek under the bonnet... well, into the battery and motors, anyway. Battery power is provided by a pair of interlinked lithium-ion batteries mounted either side of the driver's cockpit...


Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report
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Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report

Volkswagen says its future R-branded performance models will be more 'extreme' than the current crop, hinting at a next-generation portfolio that could include a crazy Golf R, R versions of the upcoming I.D. electric family, along with R SUVs...


Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed
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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has been revealed this week, ahead of its debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event. Packing two electric motors, the I.D. R Pikes Peak claims outputs of 680hp (507kW) and 649Nm, along with a 0-60mph (0-96km/h) time of just 2.25 seconds. At Pikes Peak, the I.D...


Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak
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Volkswagen I.D. R unveiled ahead of Pikes Peak

Volkswagen has revealed renders of the all-electric racer it will use to tackle Pikes Peak this year, dubbed the I.D. R. The four-wheel-drive racer was teased as a successor to the twin-engine Golf, run as a one-off in the 1987 Pikes Peak hillclimb. Although it was undeniably cool, the 486kW racer failed to reach the finish line...


Volkswagen previews EV onslaught post-2020
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Volkswagen previews EV onslaught post-2020

Volkswagen's boss has given further details regarding its electrified vehicle rollout over the coming decade. In an announcement today, Matthias Muller said Volkswagen will launch "practically one new electric model per month" from the year 2022...


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...


Volkswagen ID Vizzion previewed ahead of Geneva
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Volkswagen ID Vizzion previewed ahead of Geneva

Volkswagen has handed down a first look at its new ID Vizzion concept, ahead of a Geneva motor show debut next month. The big sedan, complete with fashionable sloping roofline, previews the looks and technology you'd expect to see in a "fully automated premium-class saloon" from the brand...


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 boss discusses I.D. electric car family
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Volkswagen boss discusses I.D. electric car family

Volkswagen’s I.D. family of various mass-market electric cars - to enter production in 2020 at market-defining prices - will continue to grow, and run parallel to existing nameplates such as Golf, Tiguan and Passat. The company has so far previewed three EVs, headlined by the eponymous I.D...


Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept: 'Further developed' EV to debut in Frankfurt
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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept: 'Further developed' EV to debut in Frankfurt

Volkswagen has teased an updated version of the I.D. Crozz electric SUV concept, ahead of its reveal at the Frankfurt motor show next week. First revealed at the Shanghai motor show in April, the I.D. Crozz concept previews the company's vision for a coupe-styled electric SUV, one of five new models to be released under the I...


Volkswagen working on sporty electric liftback - report
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Volkswagen working on sporty electric liftback - report

It looks like Volkswagen is well on its way to completing its all-electric I.D. family, with a leaked presentation revealing the company's plans to introduce two additional models in the next five years. We've already seen the I.D, I.D. Crozz and I.D. Buzz concepts, all of which are planned to go into production. In the new image (below) posted by AutoBlog...


Volkswagen ID Buzz: Electric Kombi approved for production
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Volkswagen ID Buzz: Electric Kombi approved for production

The on-again-off-again spiritual successor to the Volkswagen Kombi is on again, with the brand's boss confirming the ID Buzz concept will head into production. Herbert Diess, chief of the Volkswagen brand, told AutoExpress, "Emotional cars are very important for the brand"...