JETTA, Volkswagen’s sub brand in China, continues to be a well-received option for buyers in China seeking to own a car for the first time. In April, JETTA delivered 13,500 cars to customers. This equals roughly one percent of the world’s largest automotive market, a development made possible by one of the best brand starts in Chinese history. From January to April, around 38,000 of the brand’s cars were sold.
Today Volkswagen is publishing the third and final series of reports from an Environmental Management System special audit, conducted in 2019, which is required by the U.S. Department of Justice and California Third Partial Consent Decrees (“Consent Decrees”) entered into by Volkswagen in 2017.
All Volkswagen retail partners have signed the agreement for the new sales model for vehicles from the all-electric ID. family. The sales launch of the ID.3 marks the start of the agency model for private customers and small commercial enterprises that has already proven its worth for major customers over many years. The benefit for customers: They can switch seamlessly between online and offline channels and order direct from Volkswagen, while their preferred dealer remains their local contact. The dealer assumes the role of agent under the new model and receives a commission from Volkswagen for this service.
Agile drive, the running gear of dreams, unmistakeable design, perfect ergonomics, unadulterated driving pleasure – that’s the DNA of a true sports car. At Volkswagen, this is represented by three letters: GTI. The eighth generation of the sporty Golf derivate is now on the way. The new Golf GTI is more digital, networked, more sharply designed and more active in motion than ever before. Its turbocharged engine generates 180 kW (245 PS). The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager intelligently manages the electromechanical running gear systems. Maximum dynamism, maximum comfort – Golf GTI combines both.
Volkswagen is supporting “Wolfsburger Woche für Vielfalt und Toleranz” (Wolfsburg diversity and tolerance week) organized by Aids-Hilfe Wolfsburg. Representatives from the German Aids organization and the Group Works Council raised rainbow flags outside the brand tower as a visible sign of the initiative. The rainbow is a global symbol of diversity, tolerance and acceptance.
From May 15, Volkswagen Passenger Cars is offering customers the #vwfüreuch program, an attractive all-in package for leasing and financing. From a monthly payment of €9.99, the package includes payment protection insurance in case customers lose their job as well as maintenance and inspections and an extended warranty for the entire term of the contract. Customers can also benefit from especially attractive leasing and financing conditions.
The joint venture between Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB is gaining further momentum. It has been decided that Volkswagen itself will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells, in order to leverage synergies at the Salzgitter site – based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. Some €450 million is to be invested in this project. The joint venture will then rent the factory space. Battery cell production at the plant is scheduled to commence in early 2024 with an initial production capacity of 16 gigawatt hours.
With a minute’s silence at its Wolfsburg plant, Volkswagen is today remembering the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8,1945. On behalf of the company and its workforce, Arne Meiswinkel, Head of Group HR Policy and Steering, Bernd Osterloh, Group Works Council Chairman, and Plant Manager Dr. Stefan Loth laid white roses on the stone of remembrance for the victims of forced labor at the former Volkswagenwerk GmbH.
Frank Moser is the new Head of Group Quality. He is currently Head of Corporate Quality at Porsche AG and will continue to hold this post when he succeeds Andreas Klar, who is retiring from the company under a retirement program, effective June 1, 2020. Christiane Engel, currently Plant Director at the Volkswagen Poznań plant in Września, also succeeds Andreas Klar – in his brand role – as Head of Quality Assurance at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand effective June 1, 2020. Stefanie Hegels takes over as Plant Director at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plant of Volkswagen Poznań in Września effective June 1, 2020.
Highlights from three decades of GTI meeting
Story "Golf GTI – eight generations, each with that distinctive front"
Volkswagen remembers end of war 75 years ago
Online Roundtable digital work
Production in Wolfsburg begins again
New signing from Osnabrück – the T-Roc Cabriolet