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LEGO recreate VW camper van

It was bound to happen at some point. LEGO have finally immortalised the iconic VW camper van – complete with yellow and red curtains in the windows – just in time for Christmas. This Yuletide, children – and quite possibly their parents too – can spend many a happy hour recreating their own LEGO version(…)

Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs

Over the next four years, Volkswagen will shed 30,000 jobs as car production moves more towards mechanisation. Attempts to maintain profitability in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are also behind the cull. The controversy has already seen the company fined $14.7 billion. The news was revealed at a press conference at the firm’s(…)

Volkswagen ID to feature ‘revolutionary’ heads-up display technology

Volkswagen’s new ID electric car set to be launched by 2020, will feature a revolutionary new instrument systems, says VW head brand designer Klaus Bischoff. In an interview with Autocar, Bischoff said that his team had managed to push the dashboard forward by 200mm as a result of relocating the motor to the rear of(…)

VW expects to lose 25,000 jobs

News reported by German newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung forecasts that more than 25,000 jobs will be shed by Europe’s largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen, as the company begins an overall shift to electric vehicles. Electric cars use fewer components than their petrol and diesel equivalents, so “we will need fewer employees in the long-term”, said VW Group Chief Human(…)

VW threatening to pull out of WRC following Audi withdrawal

Following its sister-marque, Audi’s, withdrawal from the World Rally Championships last week, Volkswagen is threatening to follow suit. Despite the German manufacturer winning a fourth successive WRC title in Wales, it’s believed by several sources that its future participation in the sport is to be discussed at a group board meeting held in Wolfsburg later(…)

VW scandal sees sales of diesel fall to lowest level for seven years

As consumers continue to react to the emissions scandal, sales of diesel cars in Western Europe are set to fall under 50% this year, says a leading forecasting group. This puts diesel sales at their lowest market share since 2009. The figures have been calculated from the sales figures of 17 different European countries, and(…)

VW aims to increase efficiency by up to 8 percent

Volkswagen wants to boost its factories productivity levels by between 5 and 8 percent, German daily newspaper Handelsblatt has reported, citing sources from within the German carmaker. If this increase could be met by the manufacturer, it would allow them to cut every third factory shift and lose expensive weekend shifts altogether. VW is focusing(…)

Volkswagen begin fuel leak recall in North America

In the States and Canada, Volkswagen is in the process of recalling around 334,000 Volkswagen and Audi branded vehicles due to fuel leaks attributed to several different causes, US safety regulators announced on Friday. As yet, there have been no reports of injuries suffered as a result of these issues. A spokesman for the company,(…)

VW to leave US market?

There’s only so much punishment you can take…Just how much can be doled out to the beleaguered German car firm without making them pack their bags and head home, is something the U.S. Department of Justice is attempting to gauge. According to reports in Automotive News, the governmental body is trying to work out how(…)

VW to push Beetle into the electric era

At the Paris Motor Show currently underway in the French capital, Volkswagen AG has been outlining its electric car strategy. In ambitious proposals to truly bring electric vehicles to the masses, the German car maker has announced plans involving dozens of new models, and driving ranges further than anything we’ve seen so far. On Thursday,(…)