Award for the Tiguan
The Tiguan continues its success story, with a second-place finish in the 2017 “World Car of the Year” contest. Seventy-five automotive journalists from around the world once again cast their votes for the best new cars this year. First place was taken by the Jaguar F-Pace.
Tiguan: Kraftstoffverbrauch in l/100 km: 7,8 bis 4,7 (kombiniert), CO2-Emission in g/km: 180 bis 123 (kombiniert), Effizienzklasse: D bis A
Dresden makes the e-Golf
After six months of conversion work on the Transparent Factory, the first e-Golf has now rolled from the production line. “The Age of electric mobility is dawning for Volkswagen in Dresden,” says Lars Dittert (43), the new Site Director. After studying industrial engineering in Dresden, Dittert worked for Audi and Škoda and most recently was in charge of controlling for Volkswagen Sachsen. After the start-up phase, some 250 to 300 employees will make 35 electric vehicles a day in single-shift operation as of May. Apart from at the Transparent Factory, the e-Golf is also produced in Wolfsburg.
e-Golf: Stromverbrauch in kWh/100 km: 12,7 (kombiniert), CO₂-Emission in g/km: 0 (kombiniert), Effizienzklasse: A+
World record at Osnabrück plant
Volkswagen’s plant in Osnabrück was the site of an unusual world record in early April. Some 2,648 cyclists, including numerous Volkswagen employees, produced enough energy in 24 hours by pedalling stationary bikes to allow an e-up! to drive 130.7 kilometers. This surpassed the previous world record set in 2015 by more than 10 kilometers.
No calm before the storm
Spectacular construction project at the Wolfsburg site enters the home straight. The Wind Tunnel Efficiency Center is due for completion in the fall. This facility will be used to test how the aerodynamics and efficiency of Volkswagen models can be further enhanced. The Thermo Function Tunnel, for example, can simulate a wide range of environmental and climate conditions, including wind speeds of up to 250 km/h, and temperatures ranging from minus 30 to plus 60 degrees Celsius.
Safe, safer, Golf
It’s the safest car in Brazil. The Golf, which is built at the Curitiba site, has received five stars in the Latin NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). This vehicle safety test for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has been in place since 2010, assesses new cars in a variety of crash tests. The Golf received particularly high scores for its protection of both adults and children. The Golf made in Brazil is built by around 2,700 employees at the site in São José dos Pinhais in the Curitiba metropolitan region, around 420 kilometers from São Paulo.
Strong literacy skills
Volkswagen has opened its first literacy center in Uitenhage, home of its South African plant. The center looks to support students, teachers, and parents in making sure that all girls and boys can read and write to an intelligible standard and at a reasonable speed by the end of third grade. Achieving this for all children is an ambitious goal in South Africa, even 23 years after the end of apartheid, a period during which large parts of the black majority had been denied high-quality education. “At Volkswagen we strive to attain real changes in our home community. That is why we support early childhood development and are so committed to the literacy program,” says Thomas Schäfer, the head of Volkswagen South Africa.
More transparency on the job market
The “internal job market” is to be launched on the Volkswagen portal in mid-April. It will list all the vacancies covered by collective labor agreements at the German sites of the Volkswagen brand. Employees can narrow down their searches in the online system to only those areas and sites that interest them. They can also receive email notifications when new positions that meet their interests open up. A second stage, which is expected to begin in early June, will make it possible for them to apply for positions online.
From the foundation to the roof
Volkswagen employees in the United States have been working with the Habitat for Humanity aid organization to build a house for a family of six. Volunteers in the town of Warrenton, Virginia constructed every last thing, from the foundation to the roof, in only two days.
“We are proud of our employees. They have donated their time, their expertise, and their skills to help a family in need,” says Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region. “Our employees are invaluable to the company,” he continued. “We are grateful that such a great number of them also support the communities in which they live and work.”
Paul Linz, who directs the aid organization, praised the efforts. “This project was successful thanks only to the willingness of the Volkswagen Group of America to give its people time off work and provide financial support. We will now be able to build more homes for low-income families.”
Volkswagen in America encourages volunteer community work by its employees. It supports volunteer workers year round as part of its campaign Get involved.
One region, 49 countries
Volkswagen has founded the Sub-Saharan Region to strengthen its African market.
The Volkswagen brand is forging ahead with its regionalization strategy by founding the Sub-Saharan Region at the start of the month. This is now the fourth region, following North America, Central and South America, and China. The idea is to further develop and strengthen the African market. The Sub-Saharan Region comprises 49 of the countries south of the Sahara Desert. “The region offers enormous potential to meet the mobility needs of a growing middle class,” says Thomas Schäfer, who is in charge of the newly founded region in addition to his duties as head of Volkswagen South Africa.Schäfer announced that the company “would work together with African governments to promote the development of these new markets.” The Volkswagen brand is already represented at three locations in the Sub-Saharan Region. Volkswagen has been producing cars in South Africa since 1951. Vehicle assembly began in Nigeria in 2015, and in Kenya in December of 2016.
Infineon becomes new partner
The Volkswagen brand is ensuring its vehicles are equipped with future innovations. Its first partner in this is Infineon Technologies, a leading chip manufacturer. The two companies hope to break new ground with joint development projects.
Background to the partnership: A modern car is equipped with networks containing up to a hundred control units and thousands of electronic components. Control units form the basis for comfort and safety, looking after things like the air conditioning system, interior and exterior lights, sensors for distance monitors, and assistance systems. “By working together to create future tools, such as virtual prototyping, we can reduce our development times even further, and this despite the fact that systems are increasingly complex,” says Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electrical and Electronic Development at Volkswagen. inside will shed further light on this subject in its next few issues. The speed of development in the field of electronics and the ever shorter innovation cycles means that strong partnerships throughout the development process are necessary to ensure the systems used are both sophisticated and reliable.
Small car, big milestone
In March, the Bratislava factory produced the one millionth member of the New Small Family – a Volkswagen cross up! The car, with its raised suspension of 15 mm and Tornado Red paintwork, had been ordered by a customer in Italy. As well the up!, the Seat Mii and Škoda Citigo are also part of the New Small Family. Volkswagen Slovakia has produced these vehicles since 2011. The e-up! joined the family in 2013.
Employees celebrate the Polo
Volkswagen employees in South Africa celebrated the 1,250,000th Polo to be made at the Uitenhage plant. The site reached this milestone after 21 years of manufacturing the Polo and the Polo Vivo – the two best-selling automobiles in South Africa. While the Polo is produced for both the domestic and international markets, the Polo Vivo was sold only in South Africa up until the end of last year. Since the beginning of 2017, the car is now also being assembled in and sold in Kenya as part of Volkswagen’s Africa strategy.
Eager for the new Arteon
In just a few days, the Arteon is to celebrate its world premiere. The Volkswagen brand will present the model, which is positioned above the Passat, to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show from March 9–19. One thing can already be revealed: its headlights and radiator grille merge to form a completely new front. This is just one reason the Arteon is a real eye-catcher with emotional appeal in the upper mid-range.
New e-Golf now ready for order
More power, greater range, more standard features – all of these describe the new e-Golf that is now available for order. Depending on factors such as driving style and the use of air-conditioning, the car’s lithium-ion battery gives it a range of approximately 300 kilometers in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). That means that its radius of action is 50 percent larger than that of its predecessor. Additional standard features now include Front Assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, a multifunction leather steering wheel, and the Media Control app.
e-Golf: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined), CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0 (combined), efficiency class: A+
Golf Alltrack leads the way
The Golf Alltrack is Canada’s Car of the Year. This prestigious award was presented at the International Auto Show in Toronto to Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region. More than 60 Canadian automotive journalists subjected the Golf Alltrack to intensive testing before selecting it as the winner. This award is not the first to be won by the Golf family in Canada. As recently as November 2016, the magazine Car and Driver listed the Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, and Golf R in its list of the ten best cars for 2017. The 170-hp all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack became a member of the Golf family in the 2017 model year.
“The better to see you with” is the slogan of a health-care program that Volkswagen Argentina and the town of Tigre launched nine years ago. The company contributed to the program by purchasing a mobile device for conducting eye examinations. It also loaned a vehicle to medical staff employed by the town in which the Pacheco plant is located. Last year alone, around 6,000 girls and boys between six- and ten-years-old had their eyes tested. Since the beginning of the campaign in 2008, more than 10,000 school students have been fitted for glasses. When parents are unable to afford spectacles for their children, Volkswagen helps with the purchase.
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