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Matthias Rabe (56) has managed the newly created TD Operations department in Technical Development since March. In addition to technical project management, he is responsible for all vehicle projects, including the operational management of development.
The native Rhinelander joined the Volkswagen Group after completing his studies in mechanical engineering in Aachen in 1988 and has held various management roles. In 1992, he transferred to Shanghai Volkswagen, where he was responsible for the development of vehicles and electronics. In 2003, he became head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG. From 2007 to 2011, he was in charge of assembly development for the Volkswagen brand. In January 2011, Rabe transferred to Seat, where he was Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development.
Andreas Klar (55) officially became head of Group Quality Management in March. He has been responsible for the brand’s quality assurance since 2017 and is now taking on both management functions. Klar has been at Volkswagen for 31 years. He has gained extensive experience during this time in planning, assembly and industrial engineering. Klar has worked during this time as Technical Director in Hanover, Wolfsburg and Kaluga (Russia).
Volkswagen to Print in Black and White
In April, Volkswagen will start printing in black and white. The reason: in 2018, almost half of all 140 million print jobs at the Wolfsburg, Kassel, Salzgitter, Emden, Braunschweig and Hanover plants were in color. That’s almost 70 million pages of color printouts – well above the industry average.
After a decision by the Executive Board, the switch to black and white printing will initially begin at the six plants in western Germany. “Let’s Go Black” is the name of the accompanying campaign by the Digital Workspaces department. “Sustainability starts at the printer,” says Gilberto Rodrigues de Moura. He and his team are overseeing the switch to black and white. “It’s good that we are taking consistent action and making the change now,” says Rodrigues de Moura. Departments may continue to print in color only in exceptional cases where it is justified. Interested employees should contact their cost center manager directly.
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MOIA Launches in Hamburg
After successfully concluding a three-month test phase, the Volkswagen subsidiary Moia is launching public operations in Hamburg on April 15.
This will be developed into Europe’s biggest fully electric ride-sharing service within twelve months. Every Hamburg citizen, commuter, or visitor can register for the service now. As part of the launch, Moia is giving away vouchers for free rides. The first 5,000 people to download the Moia app, register, and activate the MOINMOIA voucher code in the app before April 14 will get a free ride.
Hamburg is a global flagship project for Moia. “It is the first city with a population over 1 million in which we are bringing our innovative service for an environmentally friendly, shared mobility onto the roads,” says Moia boss Ole Harms. “We are developing and perfecting our system in Hamburg, from where we will then expand it to the rest of the world.” Moia has covered more than 20,000 kilometers since January as part of the test phase. A fleet of 100 fully electric Moia vehicles will be introduced at the launch in April, which will serve an area of 200 square kilometers that includes Hamburg airport. Moia sees itself as part of the urban mobility offering and as a useful supplement to public transport.
IdeenExpo: Volkswagen Will Be There
Volkswagen will make an appearance with a large stand at the IdeenExpo in Hanover from June 15 to 23. As a partner of the event, the company will present its technical apprenticeships to young people.
“We are proud to present our company at such a popular fair. Our goal is to inspire young adults to go into technical careers in our company. Our many exhibits will show that technology is exciting and fun,” says Markus Krause, project manager for the company’s appearance at the IdeenExpo.
In line with the IdeenExpo’s slogan, “Just do it,” Volkswagen is making participation the central focus of its activities. “We want to give visitors a simple and playful entry point into complex topics like digitalization of mobility and production,” explains Ralph Linde, Head of the Volkswagen Group Academy. “We are all about making, soldering and tinkering. For example, we will be making little robots or electrically powered and partially autonomous model cars, which visitors are welcome to take home with them.” Apprentices from the Wolfsburg, Hanover and Salzgitter plants are currently in the process of making exhibits specially for the youth fair.
Golf Variant TGI Available to Order Now
Volkswagen’s natural gas strategy continues to gain ground: recently available to order, the Polo TGI¹ and the Golf TGI² are now joined by the Golf Variant TGI³ with an eco-friendly natural gas engine. The new model has three natural gas tanks – instead of just two previously. This further improves the long range of the CNG engines. And there’s no need to compromise on space to accommodate the three tanks on-board, as the natural gas tanks are integrated as a space-saving underfloor solution. At the same time, the additional tank increases the range in natural gas mode by up to 80 kilometers compared to its predecessor. That makes it possible to travel up to 440 kilometers (according to WLTP) in the natural-gas-only mode. You’ll now also reach your destination faster, as the hood conceals an overhauled, powerful 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 96 kW (130 bhp).
¹ Polo TGI fuel consumption natural gas (CNG) in kg/100 km: urban 4.4–4.1 / extra-urban 2.9–2.7 / combined 3.4–3.2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 93–88; efficiency class: A+.
² Golf TGI fuel consumption natural gas (CNG) in kg/100 km: urban 4.7–4.5 / extra-urban 2.9 / combined 3.6–3.5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 98–95; efficiency class: A.
³ Golf Variant TGI 1.5 TGI fuel consumption natural gas (CNG) in kg/100 km: urban 4.7 / extra-urban 3.0 / combined 3.6; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 99; efficiency class: A+.
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