Volkswagen News

VW takes Toyota’s crown as world’s biggest carmaker

Volkswagen has moved ahead of Toyota and become the world’s largest carmaker; this is the first time the German carmaker has held the position. Japan’s Toyota, which has led sales for the last four years, sold 10.175 million vehicles in 2016, falling slightly short of the 10.31 million sales posted by Volkswagen last week for(…)

The VW camper van is back – and this time it’s electric

If you were to ask a random stranger to list their ten most iconic cars, it’s a good bet the VW camper van would be on it somewhere. Loved by millions, the last edition of the people carrier was removed from production back in 2013. Since then, the various incarnations of the classic design have(…)

VW to bring Amazon’s Alexa into its vehicles

Volkswagen has announced plans to follow in the footsteps of Ford Motors by integrating Amazon Alexa into its vehicles. In a statement, announced at the recent CES consumer technology exhibition held in Las Vegas, the German carmaker revealed its intention to roll out the technology in its forthcoming vehicles, allowing its drivers to operate the(…)

VW execs ordered to pay back private jet costs

Volkswagen executives have been ordered to repay millions of euros, after reports emerged that they had used the company’s private jet, for holiday travel. Newspapers in Germany are running stories describing how one senior chief, used the corporate jet to fly his entire family to Thailand for a holiday. Another used it to travel to(…)

VW Atlas coming to Europe?

Europe may see the seven-seat Volkswagen Atlas after all. Despite the car maker’s original plans for a car specifically tailored to the US and Chinese markets, VW’s head of full-size product lines Elmar-Marius Licharz has admitted that the company is weighing up whether to market the model in a small number of European countries. “We(…)

VW release teaser sketches of new upper midsize car

Volkswagen has released some teaser sketches, complete with some basic specifications of their planned new premium saloon – the Arteon. The forthcoming model will be unveiled in Geneva next March and is expected to be taking the place of the CC, an often overlooked Volkswagen family member. Sources have revealed that production on the CC(…)

London major Sadiq Khan demands VW compensation

London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said he believes that VW should pay £2.5 million worth of missed congestion charge payments, in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal. He went on to say that 80,000 Volkswagen engines that had been fitted with the ‘defeat devices’ were registered in the capital. The devices were able to(…)

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(…)

2016 Rally Australia sees the end of an era as VW bow out on top

The 2016 Kennards Hire Rally Australia will mark the end of an era, as Volkswagen bids farewell and sails off into the sunset. Also saying their goodbyes will be the current generation of WRC cars before the all new 2017-spec is introduced. Already both the Driver’s and the Manufacturer’s titles have been decided, so you’d(…)

VW 2016 rally car to be offered to privateers?

Despite VW ruling out the chance of their all-new 2017 design being passed onto privateers, it has revealed itself to being open to negotiations with teams or drivers showing an interest in renting the current Polo R WRC. A spokesman for VW Motorsport told Autosport: “We will discuss possibilities for renting the 2016 car next(…)