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Posted on May 7th, 2008 by admin

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International Engine of the Year Awards 2008: Volkswagen TSIs clean up in a double victory

Class victory for 140 PS and 170 PS TSIs with twin charging

Second place for the newest 122 PS TSI in its first competition

Wolfsburg, 07 May 2008 – The winning streak continues: for the third time, Volkswagen’s dual charged TSI engines have won the “International Engine of the Year Award” in the category “1 litre to 1.4 litres”. It is no coincidence that the 103 kW (140 PS) and 125 kW (170 PS) TSIs, which are charged by both a turbocharger and a supercharger, are among the most efficient petrol engines in the world. The motto for these engines is “maximum dynamics with minimum fuel consumption”. And that’s also how the jury, comprising 65 journalists from 32 countries, saw it. According to one jury member, “This engine does everything right and fits into the most diverse types of vehicles.” Moreover, the new 122 PS TSI took second place in the same category in its first attempt. The “International kEngine of the Year Awards 2008″ will be presented today in Stuttgart.

Dr Rüdiger Szengel, Head of Petrol Engine Development, accepted the award for Volkswagen commenting, “Our TSI engines have set the standard since their introduction in the performance class of 90 kW to 125 kW. They achieve new levels of economy for petrol engines while providing performance that offers real fun. We take it as a compliment to the entire development team that our TSI has won again in the displacement class to 1.4 litres.”

Moreover, an additional award underscores the Volkswagen Group’s great competence in building engines. Audi took first place in the category 1.8 litres to 2.0 litres with the 2.0 TSI. This engine made its debut at Volkswagen in the Golf GTI and is presently finding use in several performance versions.

TSI engines are already powering diverse models in ten Volkswagen families. The petrol direct injection engines between 90 kW (122 PS) and 169 kW (230 PS) cover the entire range from Golf to the recently introduced Passat CC. What’s more, the new Scirocco will be off to a running start in 2008 with TSI engines. In the 122 PS version, it requires only 6.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, making it one of the world’s most economical sports cars.

Posted on Apr 30th, 2008 by admin

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Volkswagen Group Records Profit Growth at All Brands in First Quarter

Wolfsburg, 30 April 2008 – Volkswagen Group Continues Success Story. The Group delivered more vehicles, increased sales revenue and recorded a sharp rise in profit in the first quarter of 2008. “The success of our products shows that our new model rollout is meeting with an excellent response from our customers”, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, on Wednesday, presenting the quarterly report. “At the same time, our process improvement efforts and our strict cost discipline are paying off”, added CFO Hans Dieter Pötsch.

The Volkswagen Group delivered 1.57 million vehicles worldwide in the first three months, an increase of 7 percent. Sales revenue grew by 1.4 percent to €27.0 billion. Operating profit rose by 21 percent to €1.3 billion. Profit after tax was €929 million, an increase of approximately 26 percent. “In light of these figures, we can be very confident about the further development of our business”, according to Winterkorn.

The strong acceptance of the Group’s attractive range of models was also reflected in the earnings power of the individual brands. “All of the Group’s brands recorded an improvement in their operating profit”, said Pötsch. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand increased its operating profit to €461 million (€386 million) from January through March. The negative impact of unfavorable exchange rates was more than offset by the increase in sales volume and further improvements in material costs.

The Audi brand reported year-on-year growth of €113 million to €514 million. The figures for the Lamborghini brand, which are contained in the key figures for Audi, recorded positive growth. The Škoda brand also increased its operating profit to €182 million (€172 million). Thanks to the continued earnings enhancement program, SEAT recorded an operating profit of €12 million, following an operating loss of €11 million in the prior year. The Bentley brand increased its operating profit to €39 million (€38 million). At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the strong sales situation and cost optimization measures were reflected in an improvement in operating profit to €103 million (€66 million).

The Financial Services Division again made a significant contribution to the Volkswagen Group’s profit. At €276 million, its operating profit exceeded the previous year’s level by €18 million.

Liquidity increased in the Automotive Division. Net liquidity improved by a further €0.7 billion compared with the 2007 year-end to €14.2 billion as a result of the improved profit situation and the continued disciplined investment strategy. The ratio of investments in property, plant and equipment (capex) to sales revenue remained below the long-term average at 3.9 percent (3.2 percent).

For the current year, the Board of Management continues to expect business to develop positively despite the tough operating environment. New market segments are being developed and the product portfolio is being selectively expanded. As a result, deliveries to customers will be above the previous year’s record level. Demand for Group vehicles will increase substantially, especially in the Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America regions. Based on the continued disciplined cost management, improving processes and the new model rollout, the Volkswagen Group believes that it will exceed the previous year’s figures for deliveries, sales revenue and operating profit in 2008.

Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 by admin

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Annual General Meeting of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft approves substantial dividend increase

Hamburg, 24 April 2008 – The shareholders present and represented at the 48th Annual General Meeting of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft approved a substantial dividend increase for the 2007 financial year in Hamburg on Thursday. The proposal by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board to pay a dividend of € 1.80 (previous year: € 1.25) per ordinary share and € 1.86 (previous year: € 1.31) per preferred share was accepted by a majority of 99,99 percent of the votes cast. € 720 million was therefore appropriated from the net profit of Volkswagen AG of € 745 million for distribution to the shareholders.

The Annual General Meeting was attended by some 3,600 shareholders and guests. 57,86 percent of voting capital was represented. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche was elected to the Supervisory Board. Christian Wulff, Prime Minister for the Federal State of Lower Saxony, and Walter Hirche, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport for the Federal State of Lower Saxony, were also elected to the Supervisory Board for a full term of office.

The motions under Item 9 of the Agenda proposed by Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Hannoversche Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH concerning amendments to the Articles of Association of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft did not obtain the required majority.

Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 by admin

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Vienna Motor Symposium 2008: BlueTDI development completed successfully

BlueTDI will debut midyear in North America

The U.S. version of the Jetta will be the first to use BlueTDI

Wolfsburg, 24 April 2008 – At the International Vienna Motor Symposium (24-25 April), Volkswagen is to introduce the production version of the BlueTDI, a next-generation turbo diesel developed especially for the North American market. The common rail engine is based on the high-tech TDI, which was first introduced in Europe in 2007 with the Tiguan. This engine already satisfies the Euro-5 standard that comes into effect in autumn 2009. In order to meet specific operating conditions in the U.S., this four-cylinder engine was redeveloped with internal engine modifications and a NOx trap.

Background information: Five U.S. states1, including California, currently have the strictest emissions standards in the world (BIN5/LEV2). In spite of variations in fuel quality, which are more dramatic in the U.S. than in Europe, the new BlueTDI meets these emissions standards. The engine will debut in the U.S. Jetta this summer. For years, the Limousine has been the most popular and successful European-manufactured car on the American market, especially as a diesel.

The Jetta BlueTDI will debut as one of the cleanest and most economic cars of its class in the world. In the run-up to the Vienna Motor Symposium, Dr. Ing. Jens Hadler, Director of Volkswagen Powertrain Development comments, “high fuel prices and a dramatic change in environmental consciousness means that diesel is becoming more and more attractive for American drivers every day.” Dr. Hadler continues, remarking, “this is why many customers, especially in California, have been waiting for a super-clean diesel like our BlueTDI. I think this motor will help the diesel get its big break in America because it consumes so little and yet can go such long distances on a single fill-up. And in a country as big as the United States, this is a priceless advantage. On the highway, for example, this engine can reach up to 60 miles per gallon2. This is an improvement of 12 percent over its predecessor, which had a lower capacity and higher emissions.”

A key aspect in the development of the BlueTDI (2.0 litre engine displacement, 103 kW/140 PS, 320 Nm) was the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx); the American BIN5/LEV2 standards stipulate a nitrogen oxide limit of only 0.05 g/mile. The engineers in Wolfsburg met this limit and the general reduction of raw emissions by using internal engine modifications, some of which are unique worldwide, and implementing the maintenance-free NOx trap.

These internal engine changes include modifications to the design of the injection system of both the American and European TDI as well as the implementation of cylinder pressure sensors. This allows for a completely new type of cylinder pressure-based combustion control, which is both faster and tailored to each specific cylinder. Also new on-board: an optimised high-pressure injection pump. Another unique feature is the combination of a high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system with additional low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation. This dual exhaust gas recirculation (dual circuit EGR) is an effective means of reducing nitrogen oxides in the engine. The dual circuit EGR system alone reduces NOx by up to 60 percent.

Outside of the engine, it is the NOx trap – connected downstream of the oxidation catalytic converter and the particle filter – that reduces nitrogen oxide to an absolute minimum. Implemented together, these measures reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent. Drive the Jetta BlueTDI and you will be driving one of the most economical and environmentally-friendly cars in America.

1) = BIN5 states: California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Vermont.

2) = MPG (miles per gallon) is the standard range specification in the U.S. for describing fuel consumption.

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 by admin

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Volkswagen Groups starts second quarter 2008 with another record: Deliveries rise by seven percent in April

Global deliveries of 550,000 vehicles expected for all eight brands

2.12 million vehicles delivered in first four months – seven percent rise

Volkswagen brand also reports marked increase in deliveries

Market conditions becoming more difficult

Wolfsburg, 21 April 2008 – The Volkswagen Group started the second quarter of 2008 with another global record: Under increasingly difficult market conditions, Europe’s largest automaker expects to deliver some 550,000 vehicles in April, an increase of 7.0 percent compared with April 2007. As a result, Group deliveries during the first four months of the year will exceed the two million mark for the first time. The company expects to deliver 2.12 million vehicles to customers worldwide during this period, also representing an increase of 7.0 percent on the previous year. This is significantly higher than the 2.5 percent rise anticipated for the global passenger car market.

“The Volkswagen Group with its eight brands is in excellent shape and is pursuing a clear international strategy: new markets, new products, new customer groups bring strong growth. At the same time, we are further expanding our existing positions on established markets and are developing a sustained momentum with our unparalleled, broad-based and increasingly individual model portfolio spanning subcompacts to heavy trucks,” Detlef Wittig, Executive Vice President, Group Sales and Marketing, commented.

Volkswagen, the Group’s highest-volume brand, expects global passenger car deliveries in April to exceed 320,000 units, an increase of 5.9 per cent. With provisional delivery figures for the first four months running at 1.24 million vehicles, an increase of 7.7 percent is on the cards.

Posted on Apr 21st, 2008 by admin

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Volkswagen publishes mission statement on biodiversity

Protection of the environment and the species has long been firmly established in the company

Wolfsburg, 21 April 2008 – Retaining biological diversity is one of the great ecological challenges of the 21st century. Without the commitment of industry, the United Nations would not be able to meet its target of stopping or at least slowing down the extinction of species. As a globally active industrial company, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft engages in protecting biodiversity.

The mission statement just published by Volkswagen AG therefore says that the company supports the protection of the species in equal measure at all its plants. Accordingly, nature conservation areas and national parks should not be put to economic use. When drafting the mission statement, the company was advised by its long-standing partner Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.

Protecting biodiversity is also to be more strongly integrated in the company’s environmental management. Impacts are to be quantified, responsibilities clearly defined, targets and measures set out in action plans and reporting procedures extended.

Volkswagen was one of the first companies to become a member of the “Business and Biodiversity Initiative” in February. In a letter to Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, announced the company was prepared to share the responsibility for ensuring that the global community does in fact meet the targets set out in the Convention on Biological Diversity. Volkswagen will therefore also be actively supporting the 9th UN conservation conference to be held in Bonn in May.

Environmental protection has been both an aim and good practice at Volkswagen for many years. At sites in Germany and all over the world, the company engages in a multitude of projects relating to biotopes, the environment and protection of the species, and supports research programs.

What applies for production holds equally true for products. Volkswagen is convinced that retaining biodiversity also depends on reducing greenhouse gases and is therefore involved in developing and marketing highly resource-efficient vehicles such as its BlueMotion models, researching into alternative powertrain technologies and in supporting projects for environmentally sound driving.

In fall 2007, Volkswagen gave its support to a major information campaign on biodiversity launched by the German government and also actively supports the government’s “nature alliance” as well as functioning as a partner and primary sponsor of the tour of Germany under the banner “Unterwegs für Vielfalt” (”En route to diversity”).

Posted on Apr 21st, 2008 by admin

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World Premiere at the Hanover Fair: Volkswagen presents “Park Assist Vision”

“Park Assist Vision” independently guides Passat into any parking space

Wolfsburg, 21 April 2008 – There is something decidedly fantastical about this scene: We observe the approach of a Passat estate, it stops, the driver gets out, slams the door shut and, as he walks away from the car, he aims a remote control back at it. That car now proceeds to reverse park itself into the available space, it then independently cuts the engine and activates the door locks. End of performance. In reality, there is nothing at all fantastical about this demonstration. The live performance by Volkswagen can be viewed at this year’s Hanover Fair (21 to 25 April), where the carmaker is premiering its “Park Assist Vision”, a system with the ability to guide a Passat prototype with absolute precision into a perpendicular parking space, i.e. the kind available on parking lots and in underground car parks. These parking spaces are often too narrow to allow drivers and passengers to get in and out of the car comfortably. In the not too distant future, “Park Assist Vision” will put an end to that.

Having already launched a semi-automatic park-steering system, the “Park Assist”, in its Touran, Tiguan, Passat and Passat estate to help drivers parallel park, Volkswagen is now presenting a concept system at the Hanover Fair which is capable of perpendicular parking – and of doing so fully automatically. The only thing the driver needs to do is select an available space on the monitor of the navigation system, set the selection lever of the automatic-drive vehicle (DSG) to “P” and alight from the car. The driver can, of course, choose to stay in the vehicle until the vehicle has been manoeuvred into its space.

Cameras and ultrasound sensors as parking aids

Two cameras located in the left and right exterior mirrors are responsible for gauging the dimensions of the parking space. The video signals are transmitted to a 2-GHz high-performance computer which then analyses them and sends commands to the steering and drive systems. If the driver has himself initiated the parking manoeuvre, the “Park Assist Vision” will reverse the vehicle into the parking space in accordance with the previously computed course and using electromechanical power steering, the electronic parking brake, DSG and the engine power produced by the idling mixture. Two additional cameras at the front and

rear of the vehicle as well as the system’s ultrasound sensors monitor the operation and will stop the vehicle if necessary. The driver may also interrupt the manoeuvre at any time using the remote control.

This new driver assistance system is still in the trial phase of development, and a date has not yet been set for introduction of the system to series production.

Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 by admin

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Shanghai Volkswagen increases production capacity with branch in Nanjing

Santana Vista first model to be produced

Nanjing, 18 April 2008 – Shanghai Volkswagen inaugurated its fourth car plant today to meet growing car demand in China. The site has an initial capacity of 60,000 vehicles and is located in Nanjng/Jiangsu Province, about 300km from Shanghai. First model to be produced will be the Santana Vista. The inauguration was attended by Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen AG, Mr HU Maoyuan, Chairman of SAIC and SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd., as well as by other top-executives of the shareholders and representatives of the Jiangsu provincial government and the Nanjing municipal government.

Shanghai Volkswagen modified an already existing plant on an area of 640,000 square meter to meet the production quality and productivity standards of Volkswagen. It consists of a press-, body-, paint- and an assembly-shop. The company took over about 1,200 employees which have been trained in Shanghai Volkswagen’s plants in Anting/Shanghai.

The new plant is part of Volkswagen’s and its partner’s strategy to increase capacity step by step in line with the market demand since the previous capacity of about one million vehicles was utilized by more than 95 percent. To follow its path of further growth the added plant will support Volkswagen Group’s goal to sell more than one million vehicles in 2008 and keep a growth momentum in the coming years. Volkswagen Group China delivered about 910,000 vehicles to customers in 2007. The site in Nanjing is the 49th in the worldwide production network of the Volkswagen Group.

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 by admin

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The new SEAT Ibiza

# New technical basis # New design # Added safety and comfort

# Lower fuel consumption and emissions

SEAT is unveiling the new Ibiza this Wednesday at its development and production facility in Martorell near Barcelona, Spain. Sportiness and design, as well as SEAT’s customary high-quality precision, are the essential traits of the newcomer to the SEAT family.

Chairman of the Board of Management, Erich Schmitt, describes the company’s latest addition as follows: “The new SEAT Ibiza is the car for the young and the young-at-heart – people who appreciate design, sportiness and quality, yet are also environmentally aware.”

The SEAT Ibiza featured today especially benefits from a new technical basis, with a longer wheelbase and greater track width, which result in enhanced dynamic qualities. At the same time, the Ibiza expands its comfort and safety specification with parking sensors and cornering light function, as well as newly developed airbag systems.

The new SEAT Ibiza combines comfort and safety with a reduced vehicle weight. The lower weight, the efficient engines and the reconfigured transmission ratios all add up to reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All of the petrol-powered models emit less than 160g CO2/km, while the entire diesel range keeps CO2 emissions below 120g/km.

As Schmitt remarks: “The SEAT Ibiza is intended to heighten emotions and lower emissions.”

The looks of the SEAT Ibiza are moulded by the new “Arrow Design” concept. Its newly designed front-end and the distinctly contoured lines running lengthwise reinforce the vehicle’s dynamic, modern statement, while tremendous attention to detail makes the sporty Spanish model more than street-ready.

Customers can catch their first glimpse of the new Ibiza after April 2, 2008, when specially equipped trucks will be displaying the cars in prime locations across Europe. The roadshow schedule and further details can be found by visiting: www.newseatibiza.com

The new SEAT Ibiza will be making its debut motor show appearance in Madrid on May 22, 2008, after which it will receive its European market launch.

Posted on Mar 20th, 2008 by admin

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Passat BlueMotion in “World Green Cars 2008” top 3

Volkswagen receives international award today in New York

Wolfsburg / New York, 20 March 2008 – The Passat BlueMotion is one of the most environmentally friendly cars worldwide. The jury of international judges of the “World Car of the Year Awards” awarded Volkswagen, which came in third, the famous prize this Thursday in New York. Wolfgang Hatz, Head of Volkswagen Group Powertrain Development, received the award. “The Passat BlueMotion,” said Hatz, “is, with fuel consumption of 5.1 litres diesel, one of the world’s most economical cars in its category and is also very affordable. Our ‘BlueMotion’ label is increasingly becoming a model for a whole new generation of economical cars. We are very proud that the jury of the “World Car of the Year Awards” honoured this model role.”

Volkswagen currently has seven BlueMotion models in its range. This will increase to ten in the short term. The Passat belongs to the biggest vehicles featuring BlueMotion technology. Exemplary for a car in this segment is, besides the consumption, also the low CO2 emissions of 136 g/km. With fuel consumption of 5.2 litres and 137 g/km CO2, the Passat Variant, also available as a BlueMotion version, is on an equally excellent level. Both Passat BlueMotion vehicles are powered by a 77 kW / 105 hp TDI engine.

In judging the top 3 of the “World Green Cars 2008”, the Passat BlueMotion successfully competed against several hybrid models as well as a fuel cell vehicle. The award was presented as part of the New York International Auto Show (March 19-30). The jury is made up of journalists from 24 countries.