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.
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