Volkswagen News

2017 VW Golf unveiled

The latest edition of the Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled, and displays further examples of VW’s new direction towards electrification, heralding a new age of modern super-frugal mild hybrid powertrains. Despite outwardly only being billed as a facelift, the 2017 Golf is heavily updated from the current edition. Visually, the most noticeable change is the(…)

LEGO consider making VW Golf GTI

You may not see the Lego Golf GTI pictured above on toy shop shelves just yet, but the growing support club of admirers currently growing online, may well see the hatchback officially make its transition in the not too distant future. Created by Lego enthusiast ‘hasskabal’, a lot of time has clearly been spent perfecting(…)

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 camper that can match the supercars

When you think of the sort of run of the mill vehicle you’d consider converting to a track day car build, a VW camper isn’t probably the first vehicle that springs to mind. That hasn’t deterred this Swiss owner, who made it his little project of the past five years to strap in a top-of-the-range(…)

Hollyoaks opt for Volkswagen funeral

Volkswagen Funerals, funeral directors which transport deceased to their final resting place using classic Volkswagen camper vans, has recently featured on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. The vintage VW camper van “Ernie” was used to ferry the character Jade Albright (played by Kassius Nelson) to the ceremony. Clare Brookes, founder of Volkswagen Funerals said: “We were(…)

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(…)

VW could be prosecuted by UK government

The UK government has launched a fierce attack on the VW group following the emissions scandal. The initial foul play based around the company’s decision to cheat, and the subsequent actions to fix the issues were the targets for the government’s vitriol. Ministers are currently weighing up whether to prosecute bosses at the company and(…)

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,(…)