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.
cars were sold worldwide by the Volkswagen brand from January to April – more than the first
four months of any year before.
Training with iPads
Training opportunities at Volkswagen have always been set up with the future firmly in mind, although the next few years are set to bring monumental changes. This is the conclusion of the first cross-site "Future Training Forum" held in Wolfsburg. The focal points of the forum included best practice principles; discussions on topics for the future, such as digitalization and networking; present and future learning environments; the role of trainers; and the new skills of trainees. "Volkswagen has a sterling reputation for vocational training. To ensure we keep it that way, we are taking measures as early as possible to address future requirements," explains the new Chief HR Officer, Gunnar Kilian. Around 50 trainees gave presentations during the conference on how future-oriented training opportunities should be implemented at Volkswagen. These included giving the trainees iPads to promote an independent approach to accessing information, working on learning modules and even creating new content. As for the "eKISS" project, which is currently in the pilot phase, IT trainees are working on programming apps to assist with servicing.
Celebrations at the Chattanooga Plant
The Chattanooga plant (USA) has just seen the 700,000th Passat roll off the production line, after production of this model first launched in the USA back in April 2011. The milestone vehicle is a Reflex Silver Passat GT with a 280 bhp/209 kW VR6 engine. "The history of Volkswagen Chattanooga is closely linked to the history of the American Passat," explained Plant Manager Antonio Pinto. "I am really proud of the fact that our team has worked together to achieve this important milestone, and I am already looking forward to the next one." In addition to the Passat, the 3,000 or so employees at the plant have also been producing the Atlas mid-size SUV since December 2016.
1,525,300 cars were sold worldwide by the Volkswagen brand from January to March 2018. That means: 57 percent of all models sold by the Volkswagen Groupbore the Volkswagen logo.
"An Overwhelming Feeling"
inside speaks to Vijay Kamath, Head of Legal & GRC at Volkswagen India, who has been named one of the best corporate counselors by the country's national corporate counsel association.
How proud are you of this accolade?
This award was presented to me by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA), and the feeling really is overwhelming. I feel honored to be a part of Volkswagen. Winning this award has given me and my team the motivation to achieve even greater success.
How much has Volkswagen helped you to win this award?
When I first started at Volkswagen India in 2008, the site had only just been built. I really enjoy my work and I have spent the best years of my career here. Volkswagen has always considered my department to be important.
How proud are you to head up such a successful team?
I am incredibly proud to lead this talented team. The fact that we are winning further awards just serves to demonstrate that my team takes a truly professional approach to work. And let's not forget the importance of having a management team that is constantly striving to impart its knowledge with others.
New Division HUX
Volkswagen is steadily preparing itself to become the most customer-orientated mobility provider. That's why the brand is establishing the new Holistic User Experience (HUX) division, under the management of Matthias Erb. In his new role, Erb will report directly to the CEO of the Volkswagen brand, Herbert Diess.
The number of contact points between Volkswagen and its customers will continue to rise in the next few years. These "touch points" occur inside the car, around the car and online using apps and websites. In future, Volkswagen will offer customers a holistic user experience that will be one of the best and most exciting on the market when it comes to interacting with and around the vehicle.
The HUX division will manage the interplay of technical development, design, series and sales to ensure the smooth integration of the vehicle into the digital world, among other things. The guiding principle will be the intuitive operability (usability) and the integration of a continuously expanding range of functions, such as infotainment, and digital added value and mobility services. One of the core activities of the division will be to create a distinctive, uniform brand appearance at all "touch points", while the digital ecosystem connecting the brand to its customers continues to grow.
Initially, the Holistic User Experience team will focus on the I.D. series, the new generation of electric cars based on the modular electric drive toolkit (MEB). The scope of its activities will be gradually expanded to the entire model portfolio.
Matthias Erb, who has a doctorate in engineering, was appointed Chief Engineering Officer for the Volkswagen Group of America in April 2016. Since then, he has been responsible for all development activities as well as production strategy in the North American region. From 2014, he was previously responsible for the development of the North American Engineering & Planning Center of the Volkswagen brand in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since starting at the company in 2003, he has also held various management positions at Audi as well as Audi of America. From 2008, he was the office manager for the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG in Salzburg.
New Models for Emden
The employees of the North Sea plant presented more than 30 projects to the executive board and works council during the site symposium. The focus was on increasing productivity and the highest quality standards in order to produce additional models in the future.
With the Arteon shooting brake, a coupe with a hatchback and even more usable space, Emden is getting another model. In addition, the entire Passat family will be bundled on the North Sea coast. What is certain is that production of the Arteon for the US market will begin this year. Head of Production Andreas Tostmann says, “The new models will result in optimum utilization of the site. Combined with increased productivity and quality, this will ensure Volkswagen Emden’s competitiveness, completely in the spirit of the Pact for the Future.”
More Stories of the plant symposium in Emden, Wolfsburg, Zwickau, Braunschweig and Salzgitter read here.
Golfs were sold by the brand last year. That makes the model, built primarily in Wolfsburg, the Group’s bestselling car. This is followed exclusively by cars from our brand in second to sixth place: the Jetta, Tiguan, Polo, Passat and Lavida.
Volkswagen models took the lead with readers of “auto motor und sport” magazine: the Golf, the Polo and the up! were all crowned “Best Cars 2018” in their respective categories.
Thomas Ulbrich becomes Head of E-Mobility
The Volkswagen brand is bolstering its e-mobility activities by creating a dedicated Board of Management for this division. Responsibility for this sector, which includes e-mobility and the production of vehicles on the new MEB platform, will be assumed by Thomas Ulbrich (51), previously Head of Production and Logistics. “This is the next, logical step on the path towards inter-divisional working,” explained Ulbrich on his inaugural visit to see the new G4 series. Turning to employees, he went on to add, “My aim is to ensure that this new business unit will support you in your work and help you to reach your goals.”
Thomas Ulbrich holds a degree in Automotive Engineering and has worked for the Group since 1989. In 1996, he became Head of Logistics at FAW-Volkswagen in China, before becoming Speaker of the Management Board of Auto 5000 in 2001. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and, in 2010, Technical Executive Vice President of Shanghai Volkswagen. Since April 2014, he has been Chairman of the Volkswagen brand group responsible for Production and Logistics.
Taking over from Ulbrich as Head of Production is Andreas Tostmann (55), who was previously Head of Production at Seat. Dr. Tostmann holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and has worked at Volkswagen since 1990. From 1995, he was responsible for technical project planning for drive systems within the Group until he became Plant Manager in Salzgitter in 2001. In 2004, he became Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa, before taking over as Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen Slovakia three years later, where he also headed up the Production division. His move to Seat came in 2011.
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