Jörg Müller (56) previously the Head of Production and Logistics in the Volkswagen Group China in Beijing, took over the management of the Osnabrück site on March 1. He followed Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter as Management Spokesperson and Managing Director of Technology, who has headed Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH since 2016 and will be available to Volkswagen AG in an advisory capacity until the end of the year. Jörg Müller holds a degree in electrical engineering and has worked for the Group for 29 years. From 2002, his responsible functions included plant management in Braunschweig, from 2005 onwards, Operations Director at Volkswagen do Brasil, from 2007 onwards, Group Representative, and then Head of Volkswagen in India, before moving to the Volkswagen Group China in 2013. His last position there was Vice President of Production and Logistics.
Andrea Morgan-Schönwetter (43) has been head of the newly created Recruiting and HR Marketing department in Wolfsburg since the beginning of the year. Prior to this, she worked for Deutsche Telekom for 18 years in various positions in personnel marketing and recruiting. The graduate in business administration already set up a central recruiting center at Deutsche Telekom. Morgan-Schönwetter is responsible for the Group and brand, and reports directly to Chief Human Resources Officer Gunnar Kilian. In a pilot project, she will initially push the recruitment of software developers and IT experts.
Modular E-Toolkit To Be Made Available to Third-Party Providers
The Volkswagen Group will be making its modular electrification toolkit (MEB) available to other manufacturers. Ensuring the broadest possible distribution of the MEB and the associated economies of scale will greatly reduce the costs of e-mobility. This will make individual mobility affordable and usable for many people in the future. Volkswagen has projected that some 15 million purely electric vehicles will be produced using the MEB in the first phase. The world’s first partner company outside the Group to use the modular electrification toolkit will be Aachen-based company e.GO Mobile AG, which will use the MEB to bring electric cars beyond the models offered by Volkswagen to the market.
Group CEO Herbert Diess says, “We’ve proven with our modular transverse toolkit that we are platform experts. More than 100 million of our vehicles are based on this platform. With the MEB platform, we will be rocketing this successful concept into the electric age and working with third-party providers. The aim is to establish the MEB as the gold standard for e-mobility. We want to use it to lay the foundations for CO2-neutral, safe, and comfortable individual mobility available to as many people as possible.” Even emotionally-charged limited series vehicles like the ID. Buggy can be easily and cost-effectively produced using the MEB. Diess says, “I’m pleased that e.GO will be the first partner to use our modular electrification toolkit as the basis for a vehicle project we will work on together.”
Test Program for ID. R is Successfully Launched
On the Circuito de Almería in Andalusia, the preparatory stage for the world record attempt on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in the fully electric ID. R has begun. Driver Romain Dumas completed the first test drives in Spain. In the summer, he wants to beat the current best time for electric vehicles (6:45.900 minutes) on the 20.832-kilometer racetrack in the Eifel.
“After the functional tests in Oschersleben, the first test drives in Spain also went to plan,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “It is very exciting to experience the ID. R on a real racetrack after its record-breaking performance at Pikes Peak. Optimizing an electric sportscar for the Nürburgring is a great new challenge for our entire team. We are all looking forward to testing the power of electromobility on the legendary Nordschleife.” The ID. R is the sporty forerunner of the new ID. product family, with which Volkswagen will offer a wide range of fully electric vehicles from 2020 onwards.
The focus of the four-day test drives in Spain was the adaptation of the software that controls the balance between the mechanical brake and recuperation on-board the ID. R. “On a secure racetrack like the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, you can get much closer to the limit than during the hill climb at Pikes Peak,” says Romain Dumas, describing the differences. “I can brake harder and accelerate more aggressively. Adapting the software will fine-tune the performance of the electric motors for our new record attempt.”
2018 Was a Successful Year for the Group
The Volkswagen Group had a successful 2018. Sales increased by €6.3 billion to €235.8 billion, while operating profit before special items was €17.1 (17.0) billion, on a par with the previous year. At 7.3 percent (7.4 percent), the operating return on sales before special items was at the upper end of the target range. Operating profit amounted to €13.9 (13.8) billion and, as in the previous year, was negatively impacted by special items of €3.2 (3.2) billion relating to the diesel crisis. Net liquidity in the Automotive division remained solid at €19.4 (22.4) billion. The sustained positive development of operating profits was driven by a slight increase in the number of vehicles delivered – up 0.9 percent to 10.8 million vehicles worldwide. A new record for us.
Group CEO Herbert Diess: “We did well in 2018, especially against the backdrop of the WLTP changeover, which led to considerable distortions in our sales development. The headwind in certain important markets will probably be even tougher in 2019. Our e-offensive will take off with new models. Overall, however, considerable effort will be necessary to achieve our ambitious goals in the new financial year.”
The trade-in bonus is valid nationwide until April 30
The Volkswagen brand is expanding its trade-in bonus for replacing older diesel vehicles by April 30 to all of Germany. It is offered for Euro 4 and Euro 5 diesel vehicles from any manufacturer during a trade-in – in addition to the value of the used vehicle.
The trade-in bonus for new cars is between 500 and 7,000 euros, depending on the model. Sales Director Jürgen Stackmann: “This underlines our ongoing commitment to improving air quality and avoiding driving bans in German cities.”
The environmental premium offered when scrapping a Euro 1 to Euro 4 diesel vehicle continues to apply nationwide until otherwise stated.
More information on the trade-in bonus is available from the free hotline (05361) 83 89 99 60, on volkswagen.de and from participating Volkswagen partners.
Celebration: Five-millionth Tiguan¹ Built in Wolfsburg
At the start of the new year, Volkswagen celebrated its latest production milestone as the five-millionth Tiguan left the production line in the Wolfsburg plant.
“Our team’s knowledge and expertise, our amazing team spirit, and the enthusiasm we inject into making our Volkswagen models are the basis for this magnificent success, and a strong foundation for our SUV strategy,” explains Head of Production Andreas Tostmann.
Works Council Chair Bernd Osterloh added, “The Tiguan guarantees ten thousand jobs for highly qualified colleagues around the world and makes a significant contribution to profits. This is why it is important that we don’t cut costs in the development and production of the Tiguan, so that we can continue to impress our customers with this exciting car in the future.”
Looking back, production of the Tiguan started in 2007 in the Wolfsburg plant. In the first full production year of 2008, more than 120,000 cars came off the production line. From there, Volkswagen continued its steady climb as it distributed more than half a million Tiguan cars around the world in 2015.
A year later, Volkswagen introduced the second generation of the compact SUV. It was the first Volkswagen SUV based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). 2017 saw the launch of the more spacious Tiguan Allspace, which is longer by almost 22 centimeters and also available as a seven-seater.
The new generation and the extension of the range to include the Tiguan Allspace provided a positive boost: In 2017, Volkswagen sold more than 700,000 Tiguans and almost 800,000 in 2018.
¹Tiguan: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 7,7–4,8; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 175–125; efficiency classes: D–A
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