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(…)

2017 Golf set for November release

The next evolution of the Golf is only two weeks away! The reworked version is set for an early November launch in Wolfsburg, Germany; UK sales are set to follow early next year. This mid-life facelift has been engineered to keep Europe’s best selling model fresh ahead of the new generation Mk8 in 2019. The(…)

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(…)

A history of the VW Golf – from Mk1 to Mk7 (Mark 6)

Our look back at the various guises of the VW Golf is almost at an end as we reach the penultimate offering in the line-up. Moving on from the Mark V, could Volkswagen polish something that was already pretty great? Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the… Volkswagen Golf Mark VI (2009 – 2013) The(…)

A history of the VW Golf – from Mk1 to Mk7 (Mark 5)

It’s probably accurate to describe the Golf as the most important car within Volkswagen’s sizable fleet – even above the iconic Beetle. The famous David Bailey, Paula Hamilton advert says it best, “Few things in life are as reliable as a Volkswagen”. That was certainly true of the car it advertised, the Golf Mark II.(…)