In an unexpected move late yesterday, Lamborghini surprised 350 of its loyal customers at a private dinner by unveiling the Egoista concept car which was designed by legendary Volkswagen designer Walter de Silva to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary.
Today in New York, Volkswagen hosted the North American debut of the seventh-generation Golf lineup. We’ve seen photos of these cars online before, but it’s nice to see them in the metal. Built on VW’s new modular MQB platform – which I firmly believe is VW’s not-so-secret weapon for its designs on dominating auto industry profits, the new cars are larger but lighter than the models they replace.
Bob King, the current president of the large-but-shrinking United Auto Workers (UAW) union, has said repeatedly that his union needs to unionize an auto transplant plant in the southern U.S. in order to stem the UAW’s membership losses of the past few decades. Such a move would be a huge moral victory for the beleagured union, which has lost 75 percent of its membership from its 1979 peak, going from 1.53 million members to just 380,719 as of the end of 2011 (I couldn’t find 2012 year-end numbers on the UAW’s website). So far, his organizing goal has been elusive, but there may be some help from the UAW’s brothers in Germany.
Volkswagen has lifted the veil off of the latest iteration of the company’s ever-growing lineup of Up! city cars, the 2014 e-Up!, which made its debut earlier this week at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in the company’s hometown of Wolfsburg Germany.
Volkswagen plans to be the world’s largest automaker – a title that has been surprisingly in flux for the past several years, after three quarters of a century of GM occupying that spot – by 2018. Today the company announced another angle of how it plans to get there: expanding global production capacity in a big way. And make no mistake, at this point, it sounds extremely likely that VW will meet its 2018 goal.
Ahead of its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen has taken the wraps off of the latest iteration of its popular hot hatchback – the 2014 Volkswagen GTI, which brings more power and fuel efficiency to the iconic nameplate as well as a few surprises for hot hatch enthusiasts. Continue Reading →
Volkswagen has lifted the curtain off of the production version of the revolutionary 2013 XL1 diesel hybrid car which promises to bring world class efficiency and fuel savings in a diesel powered wrapper when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Free trade agreements are sometimes a tough sell with the public and politicians. On one hand, they open up new markets for a country’s goods; on the other, it also opens up that country to new import competition. Hyundai is learning this lesson in its home market of South Korea, where free-trade agreements have halved tariffs on imported vehicles, causing Hyundai Motor Group’s domestic sales (which comprise both the Hyundai and Kia brands) fall for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.
Hey, have you heard that Volkswagen wants to dominate the auto industry by 2018? It wants a million sales in the U.S. (between itself and Audi) by 2018? We said that it was going to be tough to reach, basically increasing sales fourfold from their 2008 pace when the goal was announced. But now that VW is among the fastest-growing brands in the U.S. (and just wrapped up its best sales year here, ever, even higher than the 1970 Beetle-fueled peak), maybe fewer pundits are laughing at them.
Sometimes things sound better on paper than they do in the real world. Take the Pontiac Aztek, for instance.
Autosavant was invited to the global media launch for the all-new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in Los Angeles. As an east coast dweller, the notion of visiting sunny Southern California in late November certainly had appeal. Plus, I’d have the opportunity for my first-ever visit to the Los Angeles Auto Show if I could work out my schedule. Well, everything worked out schedule-wise, but the sunny weather turned into an uncharacteristically long wet spell for the area. I never bothered to check the weather forecast before departing; I just assumed that Santa Monica and Malibu would have beautiful convertible weather. Or not.
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