Volkswagen is showcasing a comprehensive update of the best-selling Tiguan. Ralf Brandstätter who has been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen brand: “We launched our global SUV strategy with the second-generation Tiguan in 2016. It served as the basis for many successful models worldwide. Volkswagen is now taking the next step by electrifying, digitalising and networking the new Tiguan. This will equip the compact SUV to handle the challenges of the modern era.”
The last model with a combustion engine has left the assembly line at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh-generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany. From today on, only electric models of Volkswagen and in future also of the sister brands Audi and Seat will be produced in Zwickau.
Volkswagen is presenting the new Arteon in a world premiere and is unveiling a second version – the new Arteon Shooting Brake – at the same time. “Volkswagen will launch 34 new models this year. There has never been such an extensive model initiative in the history of the brand,“ says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer und designated CEO of the Volkswagen Pkw brand. “The Arteon Shooting Brake extends our model range in the important midsize-segment. It will set standards in its class with its dynamic design, high functionality and modern technologies.“
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a limited-time offer across its Approved Used range of vans with discounts on the list price and servicing plans for complete peace of mind. The offer, which runs until June 21, is available on all models and vehicle ages when bought on finance through the brand’s Approved Used van programme (formerly known as Das Welt Auto).
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its first fully electric van in the UK with prices for the zero-emission ABT eTransporter 6.1 starting from £42,060 (exc. VAT). Developed in collaboration with partner ABT e-Line, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 is claimed to “combine quiet and smooth driving, instant torque, fast charging and high load capacity for the ultimate zero-emissions urban logistics van”. The model offers an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 6.7m3. Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent charge in just 45 minutes.
The joint venture between Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB is gaining further momentum. It has been decided that Volkswagen will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells at its Salzgitter site – based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. Some €450 million (about £390 million) is to be invested in this project. The joint venture will then rent the factory space. Battery cell production at the plant is scheduled to commence in early 2024 with an initial production capacity of 16 gigawatt hours.
The Volkswagen plant in Zwickau is gradually restarting production of electric cars. Production of the all-electric ID.3 has resumed this week, initially with reduced capacity and significantly slower cycle times. Numerous additional measures to protect the health of the workforce are being implemented, and the restart is also oriented to the gradual stabilization of international supply chains. “We all have a historic task to accomplish. That task is to protect the health of our employees – and at the same time get business back on track responsibly”, said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-Mobility and Speaker of the Management Board of Volkswagen Sachsen.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ used van programme now includes a limited-time offer across the range with unique discounts on purchasing and service and maintenance plans. The offer, available between March 11 and March 31, is available across the range. One deal provides a £1,500 deposit contribution on used California vans as well as two free services when purchased on finance (5.9 per cent APR representative).
Volkswagen has been providing an insight into the brand’s first all-electric SUV following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show. The new ID.4 will be launched this year. Following in the tracks of the ID.33, the countdown has already begun for the second model based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB). “Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle”, explains Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand. “We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the U.S..”
To date over three million examples of the Volkswagen Caddy have been built – as vans, family MPVs, shuttles and campers. And now, as a world première, VWCV is revealing the, fifth generation model. Volkswagen says every detail from the ground…