Success puts Skoda on collision course with VW

Skoda is a car brand that has been inexorably on the rise for some time. But has the brand’s outstanding performance figures put it on a collision course with its parent brand Volkswagen? The answer to this depends on who you listen to really. Certain VW sources suggest the firm is taking steps to check(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen New Beetle (1998 – 2011)

Is any car as iconic as the original Beetle? – A question that can be debated indefinitely without ever reaching a resolution. Of course there are candidates: the Citroen 2CV, all manner of Ferraris, the Mini… but few had films based around them, a honour the Beetle can proudly or embarrassingly claim (depends on your(…)

Greenpeace stage protest on VW transporter ship

Greenpeace activists have boarded a 23,498-tonne ship transporting VW cars to the UK from Germany. The ship was preparing to dock at Sheerness in Kent when the protesters boarded the ship from a small fleet of kayaks and boats. Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, imports tens of thousands of cars to the(…)

VW Boss: Diesel is not dead

‘Diesel is not dead’ – so says the VW Group chairman, Matthias Muller, and he believes it’s up to the car industry to change the public’s increasingly poor perception of it as a fuel. At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed plans to launch 80 new electric models across the brand by 2025. Despite(…)

VW plan to have electric options for all models within 15 years

Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker, will offer electric versions of its entire fleet by the year 2030. In addition to this, VW plan to release at least 80 new electric cars across its range by 2025. The German company will double its investment in zero-emission vehicles to a whopping £18 billion as it looks to(…)

VW recall 1.8 million cars in China

Over 1.8 million VW cars are being recalled in China due to a faulty fuel pump. The Chinese consumer watchdog reported the recalled vehicles were made by VW plus its two domestic partners SAIC and FAW. It’s believed the fault could potentially cause the affected vehicles’ engines to stall due to an electrical issue with(…)

VW recalls 281,000 vehicles in the US

Volkswagen has been forced to recall 281,000 cars in the US after it was found their pumps were liable to fail, causing them to suddenly stall. All of the affected cars were in the US, the models affected were the CC (2009 – 2016) and the Passat sedan and wagon (2006 – 2010). All cars(…)

Volkswagen Buzz to go into production

The eagerly anticipated Volkswagen Buzz is to enter production, reports have confirmed. Automotive News Europe has revealed that the electric minibus will be available to buy commercially from 2022. The news will be officially announced by the company’s CEO Herbert Diess and commercial vehicle boss Eckhard Scholz at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The(…)

VW to consider reimbursing drivers of older diesels

Volkswagen is to consider a new initiative that sees UK drivers of its older diesels reimbursed. In an attempt to calm the gathering political storm surrounding diesel car pollution levels, the German automaker has already offered to pay drivers in its home country up to €10,000 as an incentive to trade their older vehicles in(…)

VWs on display at Harewood House

The Harewood estate in Leeds was the venue of the annual VW Festival last week as thousands turned out in celebration of all things VW. The event, which runs for three days and was first established in 2005, is the UK’s largest family friendly Volkswagen show. Each year follows a particular ‘theme’ and this year(…)