special up! can be ordered
A new member of the up! family – the limited edition, special up! – is now available to order. The new city car comes with two different paint finishes: Savanna Gold and Black Pearl. The latter particularly makes the special up! reminiscent of a limited edition Beetle model that was launched in 1982 as the Special Bug. What’s more, a model with natural gas drive is also on offer. The 50 kW/68 hp TGI engine in the Black Pearl version of the up! has low fuel consumption. This up! only consumes an average of 2.9 kg of natural gas per 100 kilometers. Prices for the special up! start at €13,625 in Germany.
Celebration in Chemnitz
“We know our future lies in the electric drive. But our latest generation of combustion engines, which are getting ever more efficient, will continue to play an important role.” Uwe Thesling, head of the Chemnitz engine plant, on the occasion of the Chemnitz plant’s production anniversary. The 15-millionth engine recently rolled off the line.
4.500dealers and importers from 87 countries were at the International Traders’ Congress in Berlin, and learned about the Volkswagen brand’s strategy and major product campaign.
200,000 engines for GAZ Group
A new customer for components: The Salzgitter plant will be delivering 2.0 liter TDI engines to the Russian automotive group GAZ from 2019. “The partnership with GAZ will increase the economic efficiency of our location, while at the same time helping secure jobs during our plant’s gradual transition from combustion technology to electric mobility,” says Salzgitter plant manager Christian Bleiel. It has been agreed that around 200,000 2.0 liter TDI engines will be delivered to Russia by 2023. These are being installed in lightweight commercial vehicles made by GAZ.
Six start-ups in Dresden
The first of the start-ups soon to spend six months in the Transparent Factory in Dresden have now been selected. They come from all over Germany and, from the summer on, will be working with expert support on developing their mobility-related ideas to make them competitive on the market. “We’re impressed by the huge innovative power of these new businesses,” says Site Manager Lars Dittert. The start-up incubator at the Transparent Factory is aimed at students and scientists wanting to found a start-up. A jury chose the six teams which will now be receiving support.
Volkswagen history on 52 wheels
Visitors to the Bratislava Transport Museum can take an exciting journey back through the history of Volkswagen Slovakia. This exhibition, which opened in May, features 13 historical and special vehicles that the company has produced since it was founded in 1991.
The displays include the very first car ever to leave the Volkswagen production line at the Bratislava plant: a white Passat Variant B3. One really eye-catching exhibit is the bright yellow Volkswagen Háčik. This concept car was built in Bratislava in 1996 on the plant’s own initiative, and never entered series production. Visitors can also admire a blue Touareg which was once used as a service car in the legendary Dakar Rally. Along with their most recent pay slip, the approximately 12,300 employees of Volkswagen Slovakia received an invitation to visit the exhibition. The museum is a good place to experience automotive history at first hand.
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