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Technology and features on par with sixth VW Golf generation
In the sixth generation of the world bestseller, after the 2-door and 4-door Volkswagen Golfs and the latest Golf Plus, this is the fourth body version to be launched. The estate is one of the most successful models on the market, particularly in the company car market. The extensive redesign of this Estate should ensure that the all-around talent further extends its position as a business estate car and as a first car for families as well.
The base price of the new Golf Estate in Germany, including ESP, six airbags, daytime running lights, roof railing, power windows all around, upshift indicator, power and heated outside mirrors, 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear bench seat and seatback, central locking with RF remote control, climate control and 1,495 litres of cargo capacity is € 18,500.
Low-consumption direct injection petrol engines from Volkswagen with new output levels and seven-speed DSG with common rail technology for the 2.0l TDI engine in compacts
Wolfsburg, 19 August 2008 -- Volkswagen is standardising the engine range in the VW Golf segment. For the models Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate and Jetta there are now two TSI versions: a turbocharged 90 kW / 122 hp direct injection petrol engine as well as a 118 kW / 160 hp version of the same engine, but with turbocharger and compressor. Furthermore, the TDI programme will also be extended to include the first common rail engine in Golf models.
Wolfsburg / Hanover, 19 August 2008 -- Thomas Ulbrich (42) has been named Board of Management member for production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with effect from September 1, 2008. He takes over the production division from Dirk Grosse-Loheide (44), who remains Board of Management member for procurement and logistics. Grosse-Loheide also became responsible for production in 2007.
Hans-Peter Stalf becomes new plant manager in Brunswick
Brunswick / Chattanooga, 19 August 2008 -- Frank Fischer (46) has been appointed head of the project team for the new Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga (USA) with effect from October 1, 2008. He is thus also the designated plant manager of the factory in the US State of Tennessee. His successor as plant manager in Brunswick will be Hans-Peter Stalf (52).
Wolfsburg/Sao Bernardo do Campo, 14 August 2008 -- Volkswagen do Brasil has just been ranked Best Company of the Year by IstoÉ Dinheiro in the fifth edition of the business magazine’s “Top 500 Companies in Brazil” awards. The ranking by Trevisan, one of the largest and most widely respected Brazilian consulting firms, is based on an analysis of data for 2007 submitted by the top Brazilian companies.
Locally-built VW Tiguan Provides sales initiative powers ahead – 17 additional retailers in 2008 plus new retail training centre
Wolfsburg, 01 August 2008 - Russian customers can now also purchase the Tiguan, which, like the Passat and Jetta, is produced at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga.
“The decision to build the Tiguan locally is an indication of the strategic importance of the Russian market for the Volkswagen brand,” Frank Wittemann, Head of the Volkswagen brand in Russia, said.
Worldwide deliveries developed better than overall market
Wolfsburg, 21 July 2008 - The Volkswagen Group delivered 3.27 million vehicles worldwide (+5.8 percent) from January to June 2008, the highest figure ever for the first six months of a year. Group worldwide deliveries in June also reached a new record: compared with the same period last year, the number of vehicles delivered rose by 2.4 percent to 573,000. As a result, the development of deliveries by the Group both for the period January to June and for the month of June was significantly better than developments on the overall market (+1 percent from January to June and -5.1 percent in June).
- Delivery record despite deteriorating economic conditions in auto sector
Toolbox for enhancing customer satisfaction
Wolfsburg, 18 July 2008 - Volkswagen has presented its first Volkswagen Service Quality Award to its 100 best service partners. The award honors service partners who have achieved the best results in service quality and customer retention.
Initial stage of construction in Chattanooga to create capacity for 150,000 vehicles. Prof Winterkorn says Volkswagen is resolutely accessing US market.
Wolfsburg / Chattanooga, 15 July 2008 - Volkswagen is setting out to build a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where vehicle production will be due to commence in early 2011. The supervisory board of Volkswagen AG today approved the plans and an investment volume of up to 1 billion USD (around 620 million euro). The Group’s management board had previously pinpointed Chattanooga as the site for its new plant. “The USA market,” said Prof Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, “is an important part of our volume strategy and we are now very resolutely accessing that market. Volkswagen will be extremely active there.”
Share of voting rights will amount to 68.60 percent
Wolfsburg, 17 July 2008 -- The Volkswagen Group has received the antitrust approvals necessary to acquire a majority voting stake in Swedish truck manufacturer Scania AB. The majority voting stake is expected to be acquired on July 22, 2008. In addition to the approval by the European Commission, a large number of antitrust proceedings were required in other countries worldwide.
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