Employees at the Polkowice site volunteered their time to fix up a common room at the hospital in the neighboring town of Głogów. They also equipped it with furnishings and toys. Their employer, Volkswagen Motor Polska, provided financial support for the volunteer project. The idea to renovate the common room originally came from employee Dagmara Pytel (second from right) from the logistics department.
The survey for the 2017 Mood Barometer has been expanded by one block. It now includes one question each on the topics of integrity and cooperation in the Group. Employees can submit their assessment of whether they are able to behave with honesty and integrity in their team. They also have the opportunity to evaluate how well the companies in the Volkswagen Group work together. This year for the first time the survey is taking place in the fall instead of spring, from October 23 to November 19. You can find further information at www.stibam.de.
Polo presales have started
Curtains up for the new Polo: It’s now possible to order the new edition of the popular small car in Germany. The sixth generation is making its debut with a new design, more space, and assistance and comfort systems that were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. The price of the new Polo starts at €12,975 for the 1.0 liter engine version with 48 kW/65 hp.
Number of the week
1,586 young women and men will be starting their vocational training at ten sites
of Volkswagen AG in Germany on September 1.
Arteon – safer than almost all
With a full five stars, the new Arteon has received top grades in the latest Euro NCAP crash-test. The Arteon achieved the best results in occupant protection. The experts from the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) were also
impressed by the assistance systems, which are standard equipment on the Arteon. Pedestrian protection was particularly rewarded: the emergency braking function that reacts to pedestrians received the highest score that the independent European consumer protection agency has ever granted a vehicle in the upper mid-range segment.
Arteon 1.5 TSI Evo, 110 kW / Arteon 2.0 TSI, 140 kW / / Arteon 2.0 TDI, 140 kW: These vehicles are not yet on sale and therefore not subject to the requirements of the Directive 1999/94 EC.
Number of the week
2.9 million vehicles were delivered to customers by the Volkswagen brand in the first half of 2017.
Small lids, big impact
Employees at Wolfsburg have been helping in the fight against polio. They have deposited around 550,000 plastic caps from bottles, Tetra Paks, and juice and milk cartons in 19 collection bins. By early July, their efforts had yielded 1,100 kilos of caps, reports Michael Schmecht (left), a coordinator with Volkswagen’s Pro-Ehrenamt volunteer organization. The money paid for the plastic caps by recycling centers will cover the cost of 1,100 polio vaccinations. The logistics will be handled by the Rotary Club as part of their community work. The collection campaign continues until 2018.
Quote of the week
» By returning to Iran, the Volkswagen brand is filling in another blank spot on the lobal automotive map. «
Anders Sundt Jensen, Volkswagen’s project manager responsible for the Iranian market, on the sale, which began this month, of the Tiguan and Passat in the Middle Eastern country. For 17 years, Volkswagen was unrepresented on the Iranian market.
The new Polo is running in Pamplona
Painted in the color Energetic Orange, with a 95 hp 1.0 liter TSI engine under its hood, and comfortline upholstery in the interior: that’s what the first production vehicle of the sixth generation Polo looks like. It rolled off the production line in Pamplona, Spain in mid-July. Over the coming weeks, production will be gradually increased – by November, around 1,400 vehicles will be produced every day. The car will be introduced onto the market in many parts of Europe in mid-September.
Polo: The vehicle is not yet for sale and therefore does not comply with Directive 1999/94/EC.
DFB will drive a Volkswagen from 2019
Starting in 2019, the Volkswagen brand will be the new mobility partner of the German Soccer Association (DFB). Brand CEO Herbert Diess describes the partnership as a great event for Volkswagen. “The DFB’s German national teams have proven their courage, innovative force, and absolute will to succeed. These values are also those of Volkswagen.” According to Diess, the brand will have a lot on its plate over the next few years. Among other things, it aims to help electric mobility make a breakthrough. “Partnership with the DFB will help us to reach people with issues that matter to us.” The contract between the carmaker and the largest national soccer association in the world initially runs for five and a half years.
special up! can be ordered
A new member of the up! family – the limited edition, special up! – is now available to order. The new city car comes with two different paint finishes: Savanna Gold and Black Pearl. The latter particularly makes the special up! reminiscent of a limited edition Beetle model that was launched in 1982 as the Special Bug. What’s more, a model with natural gas drive is also on offer. The 50 kW/68 hp TGI engine in the Black Pearl version of the up! has low fuel consumption. This up! only consumes an average of 2.9 kg of natural gas per 100 kilometers. Prices for the special up! start at €13,625 in Germany.
Celebration in Chemnitz
“We know our future lies in the electric drive. But our latest generation of combustion engines, which are getting ever more efficient, will continue to play an important role.” Uwe Thesling, head of the Chemnitz engine plant, on the occasion of the Chemnitz plant’s production anniversary. The 15-millionth engine recently rolled off the line.
4.500dealers and importers from 87 countries were at the International Traders’ Congress in Berlin, and learned about the Volkswagen brand’s strategy and major product campaign.
200,000 engines for GAZ Group
A new customer for components: The Salzgitter plant will be delivering 2.0 liter TDI engines to the Russian automotive group GAZ from 2019. “The partnership with GAZ will increase the economic efficiency of our location, while at the same time helping secure jobs during our plant’s gradual transition from combustion technology to electric mobility,” says Salzgitter plant manager Christian Bleiel. It has been agreed that around 200,000 2.0 liter TDI engines will be delivered to Russia by 2023. These are being installed in lightweight commercial vehicles made by GAZ.
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.
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