VW to Develop Electric Trucks in $1.7 Billion Technology Drive
A Volkswagen logo is seen at Serramonte Volkswagen in Colma, California, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam Reuters
HAMBURG (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG will invest 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in new technologies including electric trucks and buses by 2022, VW’s trucks chief Andreas Renschler said.
The money will go toward electric drives, autonomous vehicles and cloud-based systems, he said on the sidelines of a company event on Wednesday.
He also said a spin-off of VW’s trucks business remained an option.
Commercial truck makers are investing in electrification as regulators and policy makers step up pressure to curtail or eliminate pollution in big cities.
Navistar International Corp and Volkswagen Truck & Bus announced plans last month to collaborate on electric vehicles, saying they would launch an electric medium-duty truck in North America by late 2019.
VW’s German rival Daimler last month delivered the first of a smaller range of electric delivery trucks to customers in New York.
Renschler earlier told news agency Bloomberg he expected electric trucks for local deliveries to exceed a 5 percent market share by 2025.
(Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Mark Potter)
FILE PHOTO: A man uses phone under a Volkswagen logo at the Shanghai Auto Show, in Shanghai, China April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Reuters
BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen on Friday reported the highest-ever September sales result for its core namesake brand, with global registrations up 8 percent year-on-year to 593,700 vehicles.
Nine-month deliveries of VW’s largest division by sales and revenue rose 2.7 percent to 4.49 million autos, with gains in China and the Americas offsetting a decline in western Europe, the carmaker said.
“There are also clear signs of an upturn in the home market of Germany, current orders are well above the previous month,” sales chief Juergen Stackmann said, without being more specific.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Douglas Busvine)
In an effort to expand the Transformers cinematic universe, the next movie in the franchise after this weekend’s The Last Knight will roll back the clock and take place in the era that first defined the shapeshifting alien robots: the 1980s.
“You might even see a VW Bug,” Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells EW. “You never know.”
Except … yeah, count on it.
Before he became a sleek Chevy Camaro in the hands of Michael Bay, the littlest Autobot took the form of a roly-poly yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which Bay’s 2007 movie dissed in a joke set at a used car lot.
Now, with Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings, overseeing the Bumblebee stand-alone, the Transformers franchise is embracing its history.
“The interesting thing about doing a spin-off is it has to have some familiarity with the franchise, and then it has to have its own distinct qualities for it to stand on its own,” di Bonaventura says. After that, Paramount is trying to see if Transformers — and a few other Hasbro toy properties, like M.A.S.K. — can become part of an expanded universe.
Obviously, the Bumblebee film serves as a kind of prequel to the Bay movies.
“It’s the story of a 17-, 18-year-old girl who, through a series of events, she and Bumblebee find each other, and they make each other whole,” di Bonaventura said. “Bumblebee’s a very loving character. He’s got a lot of heart, so of course the idyllic life of these two is interrupted by the evil Decepticons. And how are they going to be able to deal with the problem without Optimus and without everybody else?”
True Grit and The Edge of Seventeen actress Hailee Steinfeld has been in talks to play the lead role, and the movie is set to begin filming in August with plans to be in theaters by next summer.
Little brothers, guard your shoulders. This time next year, it’ll be Punch Bug season
Underneath that retro skin is technology firmly planted in the future.
By George Kennedy
September 30, 2017
The Volkswagen Type 2 made a greater impact on the automotive world than you may know. Most commonly known as the “Bus” or the “Love Bus,” the vehicle became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture along with the VW Beetle.
But it was its style that made the greatest impact, and that’s what Volkswagen wants to capitalize on with the debut of the VW I.D. Buzz.
“Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world,” Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen, said in a statement. “The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”
So the Bus is back, but as an EV. Here are a few things to know about the I.D. Buzz:
1. It’s electric.
Electric motors at each axle make a combined 369 horsepower, and it’s all-wheel drive as well. As evidenced by vehicles like the Tesla Model S, electric power can deliver 100 percent of its torque from a standstill, making for rapid acceleration. The Buzz won’t have the same punch as a Model S, but it will likely shake assumptions about performance in electric vehicles.
2. A charge can last for up to 300 miles.
The I.D. Buzz uses a 111-kWh battery pack, which can provide up to 300 miles of range. With VW’s planned quick-charging system, it can replenish the battery pack up to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The automaker is still mum on other, slower charging methods and times, but more information should be available soon.
3. It’s quite spacious.
Thanks to its battery layout, the I.D. Buzz will have a flat load floor, making for plenty of storage and passenger options. It can seat up to eight passengers.
When the rear seats are folded or removed, the vehicle has up to 162.5 cubic feet of cargo space. For reference, the Toyota Sienna is the most spacious minivan on the market, and it has 150 cubic feet of cargo space.
4. It’s of a future VW family.
The I.D. Buzz will give way to a production model that arrives in 2019 as a 2020 model. It will be part of a family called Modular Electric Drive Kit. This family will also include the I.D. Crozz and the original I.D. concept. All are inspiring production models that will share that a common platform and architecture.
5. Its style is its substance.
The I.D. Buzz concept has “glowing” embedded LED headlights and 22-inch aerodynamic wheels. A hidden panel beneath the left taillight swings open and reveals the charging ports.
Of course, the defining style feature of the Buzz is the two-tone paint scheme, which comes down in the front as a “V,” emulating the front of the iconic Type 2.
While the original Bus had a relatively flat, slightly curved front, the I.D. Buzz will have a more minivan-like appearance in the front. This is partly for aerodynamics, but it’s mostly to meet modern crash-testing standards. Within that elongated front end is another trunk, a la the original Volkswagen Beetle.
6. It’s one high-tech bus.
The I.D. Buzz will be equipped with the latest autonomous technology, which could be implemented by 2025. Dubbed “I.D. Pilot,” it bridges semi-autonomous driving with full, autonomous technology. According to VW, the steering wheel could fold away, and the driver’s seat can turn a full 180 degrees.
The I.D. Buzz will also feature the latest connectivity features, such as a heads-up display that projects images on the windshield to create an augmented reality display. With the heads-up display, lasers in the roof, and other features, the I.D. Buzz might have styling inspired by the past, but underneath that retro skin is technology firmly planted in the future.
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It wasn’t long ago that ordering a petrol Golf represented a brave decision as far as residual values were concerned. Yet in this post-Dieselgate world, where diesel registrations were down 21 per cent in August alone, you could well argue the opposite is now true. All of which makes the arrival of a new petrol engine into the Volkswagen range worthy of a closer look.
The engine in question is a direct injection 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo that will go on to appear in a wide variety of VW Group products, including the new Polo. It uses Active Cylinder Management technology much like the 1.4-litre unit it replaces, meaning it can shut down cylinders when coasting in order to save fuel. Sounds complicated, but from behind the wheel you can’t detect it happening.
This engine is available in two states of tune, starting with a 128bhp BlueMotion that returned 58.9mpg on the EU Combined cycle and can get from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, although it is more notable for the fact it can switch off entirely when coasting in order to eke out every last mile per gallon.
The car tested here has the more powerful 148bhp version of the same engine, which is only available on higher-spec GT and R-Line Edition Golfs and merely cuts off two of its four cylinders when coasting. It produces its maximum power between 5,000-6,000rpm, while peak torque stands at 184lb ft between 1,500-3,500rpm. These figures along with a sub-8.5 second 0-62mph time put it at level pegging with the engine it replaces, although the combined fuel economy of 55.4mpg is a useful improvement.
For comparison purposes VW’s 2.0-litre diesel in 148bhp guise makes peak power at 3,500rpm and produces its 236lb ft of torque from 1,750rpm. On the EU Combined cycle it manages 65.7mpg, but it takes three-tenths longer to get from 0-62mph and costs about £1,500 more than the 1.5 petrol in the same specification.
All of which is a long-winded way of demonstrating that while ultimately not quite as fuel efficient as a diesel, the new 1.5 is certainly getting close. As much is confirmed on long motorway runs when it easily trickles along between 50-55mpg, while average economy on mixed roads for us worked out in the high 40s. Compared with a diesel this new engine is also supremely quiet, and while it lacks the TDI’s big surge of mid-range torque it is still plenty strong enough, as well as more flexible at low revs.
The sporty looks of the R-Line Edition (it borrows styling cues from the all-wheel-drive Golf R) and the engine’s keen performance might even fool you into thinking this 1.5 is some kind of sub-hot hatch, but actually the engine isn’t sweet enough at high revs to be worth exploring much beyond 4,500rpm.
Our car was fitted with VW’s DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox rather than the standard six-speed manual. It’s a fine combination for 95 per cent of the time, but there’s still some hesitancy when manoeuvring, which can make shuffling into parallel parking spaces unnecessarily tricky, as well as causing a nervous delay when you go to pull out of a busy junction.
While it is possible to drive around such faults, it’s a shame they blot an otherwise almost pristine copybook. Yes, the Golf really is that good. True, the latest Mk7 facelift might not have made huge gains in any particular area, but nor did it need to. This is still the best all-round family car on sale today, deftly mixing just the right amount of space with a compliant and quiet ride and confidence inspiring handling.
Of the mainstream hatchbacks the Golf also still feels like the benchmark for interior quality and design, with all models now coming with an excellent 8-inch touchscreen system and buyers also able to upgrade to an optional digital dial display. Throw in technology such as adaptive damping and radar cruise control with active lane guidance and you start to see how the Golf really does offer a lot of big car features in a relatively accessible package.
Our only reservation is that by restricting this particular engine and power output to higher trim levels Volkswagen might price a lot of potential buyers out of contention. Mind you, they could do a lot worse than settle for the company’s turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine instead, which on a price-to-performance ratio remains the sweet spot in the Golf range.
Either way, for those who still want a Golf but don’t want a diesel the news is only good.
Power/torque: 148bhp @ 5,000-6,000rpm/184lb ft @ 1,500-3,500rpm
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds
Top speed: 134mph
Fuel economy: 56.5mpg (EU Combined)
CO2 emissions: 114g/km
VED costs: £160 first year, then £140
Verdict: An outstanding all-rounder that provides a viable alternative to a diesel Golf, particularly for retails buyers. However, so does VW’s 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is cheaper still and almost as impressive.
New Century Volkswagen promotes all-new 2018 Golf GTI hatchback
Los Angeles area drivers looking for more information on newest VW model can learn with local dealership
GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Today’s hatchback market is populated with vehicles that are able to please with generous amounts of power, handling capability and interior cargo volume throughout. One of the top performers in the hatchback class is the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and to get drivers ready for its release later this fall, local dealership New Century Volkswagen is offering readers an inside look at its features and capabilities.
Under the hood, the 2018 Golf GTI will feature a similar 1.8-liter turbocharged Inline 4 engine that previous iterations also offered. This engine is capable of providing up to 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque depending on trim levels; a six-speed automatic transmission offers a smooth and responsive ride to go along with such power.
Stepping inside, the 2018 Golf GTI promises to wow consumers with an aura of luxury and sophistication. Drivers can relax on plush leather-trimmed seating, and a multi-function steering wheel (with available paddle shifters) allows for even more control over the road. In addition, an upgraded VW Car-Net infotainment system allows for drivers to connect their compatible smartphones for hands-free media streaming, navigation and communication.
The 2018 Golf GTI will also introduce intelligent safety features, highlighted by Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These combine with many other innovations to give drivers much needed peace of mind for the road ahead.
With the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI scheduled to be released soon, all prospective car shoppers looking for more information on the model are invited to contact the sales team at New Century Volkswagen by phone at (855) 995-9887 or online at newcenturyvw.com.The dealership is located at 1220 South Brand Boulevard in Glendale, California.