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Story: "Electric, clean, SUV – ID.4 prior to the world premiere"
09/21/20

Electric, clean, SUV – ID.4 prior to the world premiere

The ID.4 is coming – the expectations are high: World car. With its first electric SUV, the Volkswagen brand wants to take e-mobility out of its niche in the key markets of Europe, China and the USA. The ID.4 will be produced and sold locally in all three regions. Just in time for the world premiere, this dossier provides the most important facts.
09/18/20

Pioneers in climate-friendly vehicle manufacturing

The Volkswagen Group is on its way to climate neutrality. An important component: new products such as the ID.4, the first fully electric SUV from the Volkswagen brand. The car, which is about to make its world premiere, will be built and sold in Europe, China and later also in the USA. "The ID.4 stands for clean mobility in a CO2 balance sheet neutral manner," says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the brand. Like the ID.3, it leaves the Zwickau plant without a an ecological backpack. In addition to Zwickau, the pioneers of climate-friendly vehicle construction throughout the Group are the plants of Audi in Brussels, Bentley in Crewe and ŠKODA in Vrchlabí, Czech Republic, which are already producing CO2-neutral on their balance sheets.
09/17/20

“The ID.4 to become an electrically powered world car”

The ID.4 is the first electric SUV from Volkswagen. Expectations are high, as the new model is intended to drive the company’s e-offensive worldwide. In an interview, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the brand, and Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Board of Management responsible for e-mobility, explain key strategic relationships.
08/28/20

A happy end in the Autostadt: Trainees drive to the Wörthersee

Thirteen aspiring young talents from all over Germany worked together to create a special car: the Golf GTE HyRACER. As a team, they learned a lot and developed their technical skills. The extraordinary training project was organized by Volkswagen Group Retail Germany.
08/26/20

Electric mobility for all: Volkswagen is launching five electrified Golf models

With the models of the ID family Volkswagen continues to drive forward its electrification campaign and in parallel is launching an entirely new spectrum of innovative hybrid drive systems for its established product range. With three new eTSI engines (48V mild hybrid) and two new plug-in hybrid drives – Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE - , the Golf is now the Volkswagen model line with the most diverse hybrid spectrum. Together with the new, all-electric ID.3, for which there will be three different battery sizes, Volkswagen will therefore offer one of the most systematically electrified compact class vehicle ranges in the world.
08/25/20

Record breaking all-electric drive to Switzerland

Efficiency master Felix Egolf took the first ID.3 to Switzerland. He drove the model with the medium battery pack (420 kilometers according to WLTP) from the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau to Schaffhausen – and mastered a distance of 531 kilometers with just one single battery charge. A record drive.
08/20/20

Following three comes four: Series production of the ID.4 begins in Zwickau

The ID. family gets new blood: With the start of series production of the ID.4, Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV celebrates its production start at the Zwickau plant, only virtually on the Internet due to Corona, but the guestlist is nevertheless prominent: In addition to brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter and E-Mobility Director Thomas Ulbrich, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also congratulated Volkswagen on the second ID. Model “Made in Saxony”. The ID.4 is also a milestone for automobile production: Like its predecessor the ID.3, the e-model will be manufactured and delivered in a CO2-neutral manner.
08/14/20

Holiday feeling with the T-Roc Cabriolet in Germany’s Havelland

The actor couple Andrea Sawatzki and Christian Berkel on a lake journey through Brandenburg. Their summer trip took them in a T-Roc convertible from Werder to Lake Seddin.
08/12/20

Innovation without sacrifice: SUVs and climate protection

Climate change is one of the most crucial challenges facing humanity. We all have a responsibility to stop global warming. Volkswagen was the world’s first car manufacturer to commit itself to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The entire Group is to become carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. In order to protect the climate and implement the relevant political provisions, we are rigorously redesigning our vehicles to meet electric mobility standards. That also applies to SUVs, a growing favorite among customers all over the world, but often criticized as environmental “sinners”. SUVs are a key element in the Group-wide electric offensive towards sustainable mobility.
08/07/20

Mecklenburg can be so beautiful – with Nadja Uhl and the Passat GTE Variant

Beach, water, crowning treetops in front of a blue sky – that’s just part of a perfect summer. Whether the beach is by the sea or by a lake is not important. Because whoever spends their holiday in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gets both. And many of the most beautiful tree-lined avenues in Germany as well. The actress Nadja Uhl loves it here. Even camping! On her journey with the Passat GTE Variant including roof tent, she shows the most beautiful places on the German Avenue Route between Rheinsberg and Stralsund (her birthplace), following in the footsteps of her childhood – on the Baltic Sea.
07/23/20

Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter: On the road with the ID.3

The new Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter is consistently driving forward the brand’s e-offensive. One of his first trips took him to the Zwickau plant, where he learned about the current status of the transformation to a pure e-car plant and the production of the ID. family. He used the trip to Zwickau for a test drive with the new ID.3.

Company

09/18/20

Pioneers in climate-friendly vehicle manufacturing

The Volkswagen Group is on its way to climate neutrality. An important component: new products such as the ID.4, the first fully electric SUV from the Volkswagen brand. The car, which is about to make its world premiere, will be built and sold in Europe, China and later also in the USA. "The ID.4 stands for clean mobility in a CO2 balance sheet neutral manner," says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the brand. Like the ID.3, it leaves the Zwickau plant without a an ecological backpack. In addition to Zwickau, the pioneers of climate-friendly vehicle construction throughout the Group are the plants of Audi in Brussels, Bentley in Crewe and ŠKODA in Vrchlabí, Czech Republic, which are already producing CO2-neutral on their balance sheets.
09/07/20

A high-speed pace to prevent corona infections

Together, Volkswagen and the city of Wolfsburg want to be fast: When it comes to recognizing corona cases. When interrupting chains of infection. And fast when it comes to preventing the possible closure of company departments or public institutions. To achieve this, Volkswagen is setting up its own test containers at its German locations – the results of the tests are delivered by a new center at the municipal hospital in Wolfsburg within 24 hours at the latest. So far, in five cases, corona infections have already been detected at an early stage and, above all, their spread has been prevented.
08/28/20

A happy end in the Autostadt: Trainees drive to the Wörthersee

Thirteen aspiring young talents from all over Germany worked together to create a special car: the Golf GTE HyRACER. As a team, they learned a lot and developed their technical skills. The extraordinary training project was organized by Volkswagen Group Retail Germany.
08/25/20

“All I ever wanted to do was build cars”

One year ago, on August 25, 2019, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch passed away. On the occasion of the anniversary of his death, Volkswagen commemorates the lifetime accomplishments of the long-standing Chairman of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board.
08/20/20

Following three comes four: Series production of the ID.4 begins in Zwickau

The ID. family gets new blood: With the start of series production of the ID.4, Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV celebrates its production start at the Zwickau plant, only virtually on the Internet due to Corona, but the guestlist is nevertheless prominent: In addition to brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter and E-Mobility Director Thomas Ulbrich, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also congratulated Volkswagen on the second ID. Model “Made in Saxony”. The ID.4 is also a milestone for automobile production: Like its predecessor the ID.3, the e-model will be manufactured and delivered in a CO2-neutral manner.
08/20/20

On the way to becoming a climate-neutral company

The fight against global warming is one of the most important global challenges. We explain what Volkswagen is doing for climate protection. We have also compiled assessments of climate change by leading scientists in a dossier.
08/12/20

Innovation without sacrifice: SUVs and climate protection

Climate change is one of the most crucial challenges facing humanity. We all have a responsibility to stop global warming. Volkswagen was the world’s first car manufacturer to commit itself to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The entire Group is to become carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. In order to protect the climate and implement the relevant political provisions, we are rigorously redesigning our vehicles to meet electric mobility standards. That also applies to SUVs, a growing favorite among customers all over the world, but often criticized as environmental “sinners”. SUVs are a key element in the Group-wide electric offensive towards sustainable mobility.
08/12/20

Artificial intelligence – not so difficult after all

Image recognition and artificial intelligence make production at Volkswagen even more efficient. The key term: Industrial Computer Vision. A visit to the experts at the Smart.Production:Lab who helped develop the technology.
07/24/20

Virtuoso dynamic painting

Katharina Gross’ stunning exhibition at the “Hamburger Bahnhof” in Berlin is part of Volkswagen’s partnership with the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
07/23/20

Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter: On the road with the ID.3

The new Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter is consistently driving forward the brand’s e-offensive. One of his first trips took him to the Zwickau plant, where he learned about the current status of the transformation to a pure e-car plant and the production of the ID. family. He used the trip to Zwickau for a test drive with the new ID.3.
07/23/20

“The Industrial Cloud will become the App Store for our plants”

Together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, Volkswagen is opening up the Industrial Cloud to other companies from the engineering and technology sectors. In an interview, Nihar Patel, Executive Vice President New Business Development at Volkswagen AG, and Sarah Cooper, General Manager of IoT Solutions at Amazon Web Services, Inc., explain the advantages of new partnerships and give an outlook on the further expansion of the cloud.
07/22/20

Transsexuality at Volkswagen: „I have come home“

On July 25, Volkswagen will participate for the first time with its “We Drive Proud” network in an online version of Berlin’s Christopher Street Day (CSD) – and thus take a clear stand for diversity. “We live diversity” is one of the Group’s principles. Karin Tröndle’s story also tells of this diversity. The 59-year-old has been working for Volkswagen for 23 years, currently in axle alignment. She began her career in the Group as a man. In the interview she talks openly about her path to becoming a woman, how she deals with her transsexuality, the significance of the CSD and the one law that she would like to change if she could.

Technology

08/20/20

Following three comes four: Series production of the ID.4 begins in Zwickau

The ID. family gets new blood: With the start of series production of the ID.4, Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV celebrates its production start at the Zwickau plant, only virtually on the Internet due to Corona, but the guestlist is nevertheless prominent: In addition to brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter and E-Mobility Director Thomas Ulbrich, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also congratulated Volkswagen on the second ID. Model “Made in Saxony”. The ID.4 is also a milestone for automobile production: Like its predecessor the ID.3, the e-model will be manufactured and delivered in a CO2-neutral manner.
08/04/20

Corrosion protection at Volkswagen: Twelve years in “fast forward” mode

Volkswagen engineers simulate the ageing process of a car in just six months to reproduce 12 years of car ownership by a customer. We explain the corrosion protection measures that apply for all Volkswagen models – classic combustion engine models as well as the new electric models from the ID. range.
04/06/20

The benchmark of its time – for decades

Clear lines, pure design – the new Volkswagen was a revolution in 1974. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who created a genuine icon. Since then, the Golf has inspired time and time again – the latest generation, the eighth, was designed by Volkswagen Group Chief Designer, Klaus Bischoff, and his team. 46 years passed between the first and the latest model. The two designers were faced with very different challenges, and yet one question connects them both: how do you create a design that stands the test of time?
03/20/20

Car2X in the new Golf: A “technological milestone”

German Automotive Association ADAC tested one of its functionalities, traffic hazard alert, and called it a “technological milestone”. Euro NCAP, as an independent organisation, has particularly honoured it – with the “Advanced Award”, the special award for ground-breaking safety features.
03/17/20

“The MEB is a decisive plus point”

The battery is considered the heart of modern electric cars. Frank Blome heads the Battery Cell business unit at Volkswagen Group Components. In an interview, he explains how the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) works and what progress can be expected in battery technology.
03/12/20

The big cost comparison: e-car vs. combustion engine

The ID.3 is intended to make e-mobility affordable and practical for everyone. For customers, its total costs are already on a par with those of comparable combustion engine vehicles – and even lower.
03/12/20

Battery or fuel cell, that is the question

E-battery or hydrogen – what is the most sustainable mobility strategy? We explain where, according to the current state of play, the decisive advantages of the e-drive system lie in comparison to the fuel cell. And why Volkswagen’s decision to consistently promote e-mobility is the right one.
03/11/20

Lithium mining: What you should know about the contentious issue

Electric cars are significant contributors to climate protection – but the mining of lithium for the batteries is often criticized. The discussion focuses on the extraction of raw materials in the South American salt deserts. Questions and answers for a more informed debate.
03/11/20

Fact-finding expedition to the lithium desert of Chile

Does lithium mining harm the inhabitants of the Atacama Desert in Chile? Repeated reports have been published – but for a reliable overall picture the facts are not available. Franziska Killiches, an expert for sustainable raw materials procurement at Volkswagen, therefore set out to investigate the matter herself.
03/06/20

“Programming things no one has ever programmed before”

Nadja Bogdanova works as a UX/UI designer at Volkswagen’s Smart.Production:Lab working on the interface between users and software developers.
03/03/20

“Our hybrids combine the best of both worlds”

Many new Volkswagen brand models’ feature an electric motor in addition to a conventional drive. In an interview, Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development, explains the advantages of hybrid vehicles.

E-mobility

09/21/20

Electric, clean, SUV – ID.4 prior to the world premiere

The ID.4 is coming – the expectations are high: World car. With its first electric SUV, the Volkswagen brand wants to take e-mobility out of its niche in the key markets of Europe, China and the USA. The ID.4 will be produced and sold locally in all three regions. Just in time for the world premiere, this dossier provides the most important facts.
09/18/20

Pioneers in climate-friendly vehicle manufacturing

The Volkswagen Group is on its way to climate neutrality. An important component: new products such as the ID.4, the first fully electric SUV from the Volkswagen brand. The car, which is about to make its world premiere, will be built and sold in Europe, China and later also in the USA. "The ID.4 stands for clean mobility in a CO2 balance sheet neutral manner," says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the brand. Like the ID.3, it leaves the Zwickau plant without a an ecological backpack. In addition to Zwickau, the pioneers of climate-friendly vehicle construction throughout the Group are the plants of Audi in Brussels, Bentley in Crewe and ŠKODA in Vrchlabí, Czech Republic, which are already producing CO2-neutral on their balance sheets.
09/17/20

“The ID.4 to become an electrically powered world car”

The ID.4 is the first electric SUV from Volkswagen. Expectations are high, as the new model is intended to drive the company’s e-offensive worldwide. In an interview, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the brand, and Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Board of Management responsible for e-mobility, explain key strategic relationships.
08/25/20

Record breaking all-electric drive to Switzerland

Efficiency master Felix Egolf took the first ID.3 to Switzerland. He drove the model with the medium battery pack (420 kilometers according to WLTP) from the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau to Schaffhausen – and mastered a distance of 531 kilometers with just one single battery charge. A record drive.
08/20/20

Following three comes four: Series production of the ID.4 begins in Zwickau

The ID. family gets new blood: With the start of series production of the ID.4, Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV celebrates its production start at the Zwickau plant, only virtually on the Internet due to Corona, but the guestlist is nevertheless prominent: In addition to brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter and E-Mobility Director Thomas Ulbrich, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also congratulated Volkswagen on the second ID. Model “Made in Saxony”. The ID.4 is also a milestone for automobile production: Like its predecessor the ID.3, the e-model will be manufactured and delivered in a CO2-neutral manner.
08/20/20

On the way to becoming a climate-neutral company

The fight against global warming is one of the most important global challenges. We explain what Volkswagen is doing for climate protection. We have also compiled assessments of climate change by leading scientists in a dossier.
08/12/20

Innovation without sacrifice: SUVs and climate protection

Climate change is one of the most crucial challenges facing humanity. We all have a responsibility to stop global warming. Volkswagen was the world’s first car manufacturer to commit itself to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The entire Group is to become carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. In order to protect the climate and implement the relevant political provisions, we are rigorously redesigning our vehicles to meet electric mobility standards. That also applies to SUVs, a growing favorite among customers all over the world, but often criticized as environmental “sinners”. SUVs are a key element in the Group-wide electric offensive towards sustainable mobility.
07/23/20

Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter: On the road with the ID.3

The new Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter is consistently driving forward the brand’s e-offensive. One of his first trips took him to the Zwickau plant, where he learned about the current status of the transformation to a pure e-car plant and the production of the ID. family. He used the trip to Zwickau for a test drive with the new ID.3.
07/16/20

“We need more courage when it comes to expanding the charging infrastructure”

Johannes Schlaich is Professor of Mobility and Transport at the Beuth University of Applied Science in Berlin. In an interview, he talks about the practical suitability of electric cars and explains how digitalization can support the expansion of e-mobility.
07/03/20

A production facility that has become part of the family - Happy Birthday, Salzgitter!

When the Volkswagen plant in Salzgitter went into operation half a century ago, Georg Schoske was already an old hand at the company. “I had been manufacturing the Beetle in Wolfsburg since 1962. It was fun. But when Salzgitter opened, you didn’t have to ask me for long,” the 81-year-old recalls. Even then, Schoske lived with his family in Steinlah – 60 kilometers from the Wolfsburg plant, but only 20 kilometers from the Salzgitter plant. Even before the official inauguration, he switched. Since then the factory has become a family affair. Son Rainer Schoske (55) started his professional life in Salzgitter, as did grandson Marvin Schoske (23). Three generations – one factory.
06/30/20

No more doubt – mankind is responsible

We have compiled a dossier with assessments on climate change by leading scientists. For them, one thing is clear: mankind bears a crucial responsibility for global warming.