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VW Reportedly Set to Undercut Tesla Model 3 Price with Entry Long-Range EV

Entry model could come in around $23,000, according to report.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.09, 2018

VW plans to have two dozen fully electric vehicles, like this I.D. Crozz concept, in production.

Volkswagen is set to launch a base-model, long-range electric vehicle for less than $23,000, according to a report by Reuters, a price that would undercut the long-awaited entry-level Tesla Model 3 by more than a third.

Initially reluctant to enter the electrified vehicle market, the Volkswagen Group has now laid out an aggressive strategy that will include more than 40 all-electric models, as well as dozens of hybrids and plug-ins, for sale through its dozen different passenger vehicle brands. Meanwhile, the Wolfsburg-based carmaker is in discussions with Ford Motor Co. that could see them cooperate on EV development.

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The VW brand itself will cover a wide range of model segments with pure battery-electric vehicles through a new sub-brand dubbed I.D. These will include a reborn version of its legendary Microbus set to be marketed as the I.D. Buzz, as well as mid-sized and smaller offerings. The base model, TheDetroitBureau.com confirmed, is being referred to internally as the “MEB entry.” (more…)

Ford, VW Discussions Now Far More Wide-Ranging Than Originally Planned

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.02, 2018

Ford and VW initially wanted to discuss cooperation on light commercial vehicles.

Talks between Ford and Volkswagen are covering far more territory than originally planned, when the two signed a memorandum of understanding in June that initially focused on joint development of commercial vehicles.

While Ford officials have told TheDetroitBureau.com there is no thought to an exchange of equity, virtually everything else seems at least open for discussion, with a number of key ventures being considered. According to various U.S. and European sources, these include joint development of a small pickup, cooperation on electrified and autonomous vehicles and possibly even collaboration on sales and marketing in trouble-spot markets, such as Europe and Latin America.

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Several reports have suggested that a major announcement could be in the offing, and a source close to the talks told TheDetroitBureau that “There could be an update by the end of the year.” But that person stressed that not all the discussions underway are likely to be resolved immediately, and could be spread out over months, even years – even “if everything (being negotiated) comes true.”

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VW Using Deal With Didi to Aid Autonomous Development

Automaker gets access to data from 3M rides daily.

by Michael Strong on Apr.30, 2018

VW's new CEO Herbert Diess is pushing to cut costs and accelerate the development of new technologies.

Volkswagen’s pending partnership with Didi Chuxing to build and maintain a fleet of vehicles not only gives the Chinese behemoth a tighter grip on the ride-share market in its home country, it will accelerate VW’s development of autonomous vehicles.

As part of the deal, which is expected to be finalized next month, the German automaker will initially manage a fleet of about 100,000 new vehicles for Didi, of which two-thirds will be Volkswagen Group cars, according to Reuters.

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Volkswagen will also be part of an alliance of 31 companies, including Toyota and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, to develop cheap, electrified vehicles for China. (more…)

VW’s I.D. Vizzion Concept Could Change the Way We Travel

Rethinking what an autonomous and electric vehicle could offer.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Mar.01, 2018

Volkswagen's fourth I.D. prototype, the I.D. Vizzion, is headed to the Geneva Motor Show.

It’s become something of an industry mantra that the automobile will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50, and you need only walk into your nearest showroom to see that this is more than hype. Manufacturers already are rolling out what will soon become a flood of electrified vehicles and there are now at least a half-dozen models with significant, semi-autonomous capabilities.

What comes next? Volkswagen has been offering up some intriguing hints with a series of concept vehicles previewing the launch of its new, electrified brand-within-a-brand, and it will debut the fourth prototype, the I.D. Vizzion, at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

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The German automaker is already offering a few intriguing teaser images, as well as a short video that puts some perspective on the Vizzion. You can Click Here to check it out on YouTube. But to sum it up, the I.D. Vizzion concept vehicle illustrates what motoring might be like in an age of zero-emission, always-on Level 5 autonomous vehicles. (more…)

VW Hopes to Build Buzz for EV Microbus, the I.D. Buzz

Recreating an icon by stepping forward into the past.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jan.08, 2017

Everything that's old is new again with VW drawing inspiration for its new I.D. Buzz electric minivan from the Microbus.

Few automakers have been plugging into battery-electric propulsion like Volkswagen, the German automaker scaling back its traditional focus on diesels to launch as many as 30 different plug-based models by 2025.

As this year’s North American International Auto Show prepared to get underway, VW was building buzz with rumors that the list would include an all-new, version of its classic Microbus. Now, it’s taken the wraps off the concept vehicle it’s dubbed the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz.

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“We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen,” declared Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen brand. And though he wouldn’t say whether the I.D. Buzz will make the transition from concept to production, there are reasons to believe it very well could be in the works. (more…)

VW Expects 2015 to Surpass 2014

Latin America, Eastern Europe pose challenge for maker.

by Joseph Szczesny on Mar.12, 2015

Martin Winterkorn told shareholders at the company's annual meeting he expects 2015 to exceed 2014.

After a long run of success that has brought it within striking distance of becoming the world’s largest automaker, the Volkswagen Group is looking for additional growth again in 2015.

Martin Winterkorn, VW’s chief executive officer, acknowledged during the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Berlin the German automotive giant was facing challenges as economic growth slows in China as well economic difficulties in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

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“We are being deliberate rather more cautious – despite excellent figures we always have a good grip on reality,” Winterkorn said. “Our stated goal for fiscal year 2015 is to achieve further growth both in terms of volumes and in our sales revenue and operating profit.” (more…)

VW Plugging Into Chinese EV Market

Maker promises to invest $27 bil over 5 years.

by Joseph Szczesny on Apr.20, 2014

VW will launch the e-Golf and an assortment of other battery-based vehicles in China.

With Beijing’s traffic choked roads as a backdrop, Volkswagen announced a major initiative to put tens, perhaps 100s of thousands of electric vehicles on the road in China before the end of the current decade.

VW chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn said VW and its key Chinese partners were prepared to spend as much as $27 billion in the next five years on electric vehicles in China.

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“The Volkswagen Group is once again assuming a pioneering role in China and launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history”, s said. Martin Winterkorn,

The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand’s electric Up! and e-Golf models in China.

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