Brandstätter Heads Business Operations
As of the beginning of August, Ralf Brandstätter is the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Volkswagen brand. In his newly created role, the 49-year-old will manage the business operations of the Volkswagen brand. He will also continue to be in charge of the brand's Procurement Management division as well. “Ralf Brandstätter has outstanding business skills and technical expertise,” says Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen. Brandstätter will “make a vital contribution to advancing the Volkswagen brand.”
The new COO knows Volkswagen from the ground up, having been trained here. In the 1980s, he qualified as a fitter at the Braunschweig plant. He then went on to study industrial engineering before returning to the company – to which he has remained loyal to this day.
Diess in Israel
On one of his first international business trips as CEO, Herbert Diess traveled to Israel. “Considering the special history it has with our company, it was my desire to visit Israel right at the start of my time as CEO,” says Diess during a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
During the meeting, a potential collaboration on innovative mobility services was also discussed. Prior to the meeting, Diess visited the Yad Vashem memorial. “It is our responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, to remember the victims and to ensure that a catastrophe of this kind is never repeated,” said the CEO.
Volkswagen Helps Auschwitz Committee
With a donation of 1.2 million euros, Volkswagen is supporting the work of the International Auschwitz Committee and its cooperation with the International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim/Auschwitz and the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau. “This contribution will enable us to expand our focus on working with young people at the Youth Meeting Center and working with the memorial to help digitally secure its archive materials,” announced Christoph Heubner, Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee at the check presentation.
A Strong First Six Months!
Both the Volkswagen Group and the core Volkswagen car brand increased their revenue, results and return in the first six months of the year.
The Volkswagen Group has continued to grow in the first half of 2018. Both revenue and the operating result were higher than ever before in the company’s history. 5.5 million vehicles sold also constitute a new record best. The half-year result of the Volkswagen brand looks good, too. Like the Group, it also increased its revenue, operating result and margin. The reason for this was the successful SUV campaign, as well as increased productivity in the plants.
Merkel Drives Sedric
The Chancellor seemed impressed when she appeared in front of a group of German and international journalists at the former Berlin Tempelhof airport in July. It was exciting, said Angela Merkel, “to experience autonomous driving in practice.” Previously, Merkel had taken part in a demonstration of various projects in this field by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW, together with the Chinese State Premier, Li Keqiang. There, Merkel had the chance to take a test drive in the fully electric, self-driven Volkswagen concept vehicle, Sedric, together with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. “We went for a little drive and came back in one piece,” said Merkel about the experience.
Li Keqiang was in Germany for German-Chinese consultations. During his state visit, Volkswagen signed several declarations of intent with Chinese partners for cooperation in the fields of e-mobility, connectivity, mobile services and autonomous driving. Key technologies in both countries, for which Merkel sees a fruitful collaboration, will benefit. “Development is in full swing,” said Angela Merkel. “It would be nice if Germany and China were right at the forefront.”
No One Is More Innovative than Volkswagen
For the third time in a row, Volkswagen has been named “Most Innovative High-volume Brand.” It took additional top places in the “Alternative Drives,” “Autonomous Driving and Safety” and “Conventional Drives” categories. The Center of Automotive Management (CAM), an independent research institute, bestows the awards together with the PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing firm.
“The awards honor Volkswagen’s entire global development team. That team works every day toward the serial production of the future,” says Head of Development Frank Welsch. The jury based its decision to declare Volkswagen the most innovative high-volume brand on 62 individual innovations the company developed in 2017. The study referenced ten Volkswagen innovations to justify the award in the “Alternative Drives” category, for example the e-Golf¹ with its significantly increased range.
In the category of “Autonomous Driving and Safety,” the brand confirmed its pioneering role, in particular through the Arteon with its emergency assist system.. The study also highlights the fact that Volkswagen, with seven innovations, earned first place among high-volume brands in the “Conventional Drives” category. One of the innovations that the jury identified as important is the first-ever installation of a gasoline particulate filter in the City Car class in the up! GTI².
¹e-Golf: power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+
²up! GTI: fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined) 4.8; CO₂ emissions combined, g/km: 110; efficiency class: C
Mobility for Tomorrow at DRIVE
The “Driving Vizzions to Reality” exhibit will open its doors on July 2 at DRIVE, the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin. Through October 14, the exhibit about the brand will address questions regarding mobility for tomorrow in an interactive and easily understandable fashion.
How will Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving change traffic? How does the company work on e-mobility? In the exhibit, three studies of the I. D. family will convey an impression of Volkswagen’s answers to the challenges of the future – the I. D. Vizzion, the I. D. Crozz and the Cityskater.
DRIVE is located on “Unter den Linden” street in Berlin and is open daily from 10:00 am to 8 pm.
Volkswagen Pays a One-Billion-Euro Fine
The office of public prosecution for Braunschweig has issued a penalty notice to Volkswagen AG in connection to the diesel crisis. The penalty specifies a fine to the amount of one billion euros.
The Braunschweig public prosecution office had determined that neglect of supervisory duties had taken place in connection with vehicle inspections. According to the findings of the public prosecution office, this had contributed to the fact that from 2007 to 2015, a total of 10.7 million vehicles with either a EA 288 diesel engine in the US and Canada, or with an EA 189 engine worldwide, had been advertised, sold and put into circulation on the basis of an unreliable software function.
After a detailed review, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and will not lodge an appeal, according to an announcement. Volkswagen thereby acknowledges its responsibility for the diesel crisis and views this as another step towards its resolution. The ongoing non-compliance procedure against Volkswagen will be concluded with the fine. The company expects that the conclusion of this procedure will also have significant positive effects on other administrative proceedings in Europe against Volkswagen AG and the companies within the Group.
The Best Under One Liter
The 1.0-liter TSI of the new up! GTI¹ is the best engine in its class and has won the most important trophy in the engine world: the title of “International Engine of the Year 2018.” The three-cylinder turbo won over the jury of top international journalists. This jury rated engines in 12 categories. The 1.0 TSI won in its cubic capacity class under one liter.
The 85 kW/115 bhp high-tech engine is the first engine of the up! to be equipped with a four-way catalytic converter and a gasoline particle filter. With this exhaust gas treatment, the smallest GTI achieves the new EU 6AG (Euro 6d Temp) exhaust gas standard.
¹up! GTI fuel consumption in l/100 km: (combined) 4.8; CO2 emission (combined) in g/km: 110; efficiency class: C
Choosing a Career: Students at the Plants
In mid-June, 2,500 guests visited the Wolfsburg plant to find out about careers at Volkswagen. Trainees and instructors explained around 30 career tracks with a technical or commercial focus and 20 dual courses. Further career information days will take place in the following locations:
Hanover: Saturday, August 25, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Kassel: Wednesday, September 12, and Thursday, September 13, from 8 am to 8 pm
Braunschweig: Saturday, September 15, from 9 am to 2 pm
Emden: Saturday, September 22, from 9 am to 2 pm
Salzgitter: Saturday, September 22, from 9 am to 2 pm
Information about all vocational training and dual degree courses, and tips about applying online are available online at
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bhp is the power of the I.D. R Pikes Peak electric racing car, with which the Volkswagen brand will enter the most difficult hill climb in the world in the USA this June
Three New Plants in China
The joint enterprise of FAW-Volkswagen is soon to open three new plants in China – in Qingdao, Tianjin, and Foshan. The higher production capacities give Volkswagen a further boost to its SUV and, above all, its electric offensive. Over the next seven to eight years,
the Volkswagen Group China will bring 40 locally produced electric cars to market. From 2025, 1.5 million electric cars will roll off the production line annually. The Group and its joint venture partners will also be investing roughly 15 billion euros in this area by the end of 2022.
Volkswagen Celebrates Diversity
We’re colorful! Volkswagen has an extremely diverse workforce at 120 production sites worldwide – and this diversity will be in the spotlight on German Diversity Day on June 5. The Autostadt towers in Wolfsburg, for example, will light up in rainbow colors, and most company restaurants in Germany will serve food from all over the world. For the first time, Volkswagen will be participating in promotions for German Diversity Day at its locations in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig, Salzgitter, Kassel and Emden. In Wolfsburg, for example, employees can look forward to tikka masala from India and Chinese beef in company restaurants even beyond June 5 – including information about the respective countries and Volkswagen locations.
The promotions on Diversity Day are a signal, says Chief Human Resources Officer Gunnar Kilian. "Volkswagen stands fordiversity, open-mindedness, and tolerance. All this is a key part of our corporate culture. And we’re international. Men and women from more than 100 countries work at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg alone. Everyone should be able to contribute their skills." The Chief Human Resources Officer explains, "We rely on mixed teams. When men and women, young and old, experienced hands, newcomers, and people of different nationalities work together constructively, it leads to the best results."
Donation to the Porsche Foundation
The Ferry Porsche Foundation was recently established on the occasion of Wolfgang Porsche’s 75th birthday at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Also among the 250 invited guests was Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. He combined his congratulations with a donation to the new foundation. Its main objectives are to support projects in the fields of education and social issues and to take an active role in supporting children and young people. Founder Ferry Porsche gave his name to the Porsche sports car brand and is the father of Wolfgang Porsche. Roughly 200 factory employees welcomed the birthday boy at the celebration.
Auditing in Ukraine
Volkswagen AG has been informed that irregularities occurred in Ukraine when issuing what are known as homologa tion certificates for 2,800 vehicles of the Golf Variant model. The vehicles came from Mexican production and have been imported into the country by the import company Porsche Ukraine since September 2017. Corporate Auditing is involved and is supporting the ongoing resolution efforts. Volkswagen will provide timely information on their progress.
New TGI for the Golf
96 kW/130 bhp, with a natural gas (CNG) consumption of 3.5 kg per 100 km and a range of 490 km – these are the stats for the 1.5 TGI evo. The new, four-cylinder, natural gas engine will be rolling off the production line later this year to feature in the Golf. With the new natural gas engine, which was showcased for the first time at the Vienna Motor Symposium, the Volkswagen brand is really pressing ahead with its natural gas offensive. The aim is to get more cars on the road to feature the economical natural gas engines, which – for the most part – run without any particle emissions.
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