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.
Clinic on wheels
Volkswagen India helps people who live in the immediate vicinity of its plant in Pune. The company has been running a mobile medical service for two villages for around two years. The service has now provided its 15,000th treatment to patients. The clinic on wheels makes basic medical care available to the approximately 2,200 inhabitants of Sangurdi and Kahnewadi Tarfe Chakan as well as their guests. Two doctors and a nurse treat patients free of charge. And the patients don’t have to pay for any medicine they receive.
Students test their race cars
Preparations are underway: University teams from all over the world are developing their own race cars to enter the Formula Student race at the Hockenheimring, Germany in August. The Volkswagen brand has been a partner of this design competition for many years and
sponsors some of the teams. These teams recently had the opportunity to test their vehicles at the Volkswagen testing ground in Ehra. Stefan Gries, Head of Chassis Development at the Volkswagen brand, says: “We can’t wait to see how the race cars stand up to the competition.”
Most innovative volume brand
The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) has awarded Volkswagen the distinction of “most innovative volume brand.” The company also won prizes for the most innovative brand in the categories “interface & networking” and “autonomous driving & safety.” This means Volkswagen has successfully defended the position that it held last year. The CAM is a German scientific institute for car and mobility research and, in cooperation with the management consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers, awards prizes to the most innovative manufacturers.
Poll postponed to end of year
As of 2017, employees will be able to answer the mood barometer questions only towards the end of the year. The period for the next survey is from October 23 to November 19. Why does this postponement make sense? At this time of the year it is easier to look back in a more focussed way while asking yourself the question: What went well, and what can be improved? Until then, the review phase of the 2016 mood barometer continues, with measures being scrutinized – and adapted if necessary – and discussions about the next steps in progress.
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