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Volkswagen and Stanford University Announce 2007 Darpa Urban Challenge Contender

05 March 2007 - AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Stanford University will participate in this year’s DARPA Urban Challenge on November 3, 2007 with a completely autonomous 2006 diesel-powered Passat wagon. The robotic Passat will compete on a 60-mile mock urban course that involves merging with traffic, crossing traffic circles and negotiating busy intersections while following traffic laws.

Stanford: Junior

The Passat wagon – named ‘Junior’ in homage to Leland Stanford Jr., founder of Stanford University – is equipped with electromechanical power steering and electric throttle, gear shifter and parking brake. Volkswagen of America’s Electronics Research Laboratory modified these electric systems as well as the brakes to be completely computer-controllable. Custom mountings for the wide array of sophisticated sensors were also designed and built at the ERL. Intel Core 2 Duo processors, including multiple processing units per chip, make up the car’s “brains”; together with the software developed at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab—the car will be truly autonomous.

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Geneva Motor Show 2007: Most economical five-seater in the world as a shuttle

3.9 l/km fuel economy and 102 g/km CO2 as a sign of the times

Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

Wolfsburg / Geneva, 05 March 2007 - Volkswagen is mobilizing one of the most environmentally-friendly cars in the world to be used as shuttles for the Geneva Motor Show starting tomorrow: the Polo BlueMotion. The successful best-seller – production volume has tripled since being introduced in mid-2006 – gets by on only 3.9 liters of diesel over 100 kilometers. Its CO2 emissions are only 102 g/km. That’s nearly a magical number in the context of current discussions on global warming. For this reason, exactly 102 Polo BlueMotions will be available during the press days to be used as shuttles for journalists and business visitors. And that has symbolic value.

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Formula BMW Germany race schedule for 2007

Munich, 05 March 2007. The young driving talents of Formula BMW Germany will be battling for the championship title on nine race weekends this season. Beyond the events in Germany, the drivers will also be appearing abroad on two occasions, chasing points on the North Sea coast in Zandvoort, Holland, and at the Spanish grand prix circuit of Barcelona.

Spectators at three different race series will be able to size up the skills of these drivers, some as young as 15. Formula BMW will be staged as part of the support programme of the DTM (German Touring Car Masters), the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and the pinnacle of motor racing, Formula One.

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Rothenpieler Appointed New Head of Group Quality Assurance

26 February 2007 - Germany - Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler (49) has been appointed Head of Quality Assurance at the Volkswagen Group with effect from May 1, 2007.

In this position, he will report to Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.

Rothenpieler succeeds Falko Schling, who is taking retirement. From 1986, Rothenpieler held various posts in Group vehicle and drivetrain development before assuming responsibility in 1995 for total vehicle development at the Skoda brand. In 2000, the engineer was appointed Board Member for Technical Development at what is now known as Bentley Motors Ltd.

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Audi's New A5 and S5 models

Audi launches a new platform to their lineup. Introducing the A5/S5 platform. It's a shame that there will be no TDI's (yet) in the USA market.

Audi S5

THE NEW AUDI A5 / AUDI S5 - INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi is launching a fascinating new model series for its entry into a highly emotionally charged segment of the market: the A5 successfully unites the acclaimed Audi design language and thrilling dynamic driving performance, and combines generous refinement with the brand’s characteristic quality and sophistication. Its progressive design gives the new coupé an appearance that is both elegant and dynamic. With its muscular FSI and TDI engines, its entirely newly developed high-precision running gear, and a raft of innovative, luxury-class equipment features, the Audi A5 has been crafted to be a modern grand tourer, a touring coupé in the best tradition.

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Volkswagen Showcases Clean TDI, Biodiesel, and Hydrogen at Sustainability Summit

Some good PR stuff about Volkswagen. Of note is the hint of the twin charger gasoline TSI engine being considered for the USA Market in the Jetta.

09 February 2007 - PASADENA, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. is giving a high profile to vehicles with lower environmental impact at the Designing Sustainable Mobility Summit, being held at Art Center College of Design in Southern California. Here, designers and other transportation experts from many countries are sharing ideas on ways to make future mobility more environmentally compatible.

As this vision unfolds, attendees and Art Center students are being provided the unique experience of driving VW models running on biodiesel, ultra low sulfur diesel, hydrogen, and highly efficient gasoline engines on public roads. Driving some of the very technologies and fuels being discussed at the Summit provides the reality check that moving forward in meaningful and more environmentally-conscious ways is much more than theory. It’s happening today, and in ways that address the needs and desires of drivers now and in the years ahead.

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Volkswagen Announces Reservation Process for New R32

Strong Demand Anticipated for Limited Production Sports Model. The R32 shows up in USA Dealer ordering systems today! Colors reported are Deep Blue, United Grey, and Tornado Red.

Volkswagen 2008 R32

07 February 2007 - CHICAGO – Volkswagen of America, Inc. anticipates significant consumer demand for its sporty new R32 performance model, debuting today at the Chicago Auto Show. The new R32 is a reprise of the 2004 edition, which sold out its entire United States allocation of 5,000 shortly after its market debut.

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New Power Stroke Engine Draws Rave Reviews

The cornerstone engine in the new 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup is receiving very positive feedback from media members who have tested it. In the cases of Richard Truett and John Stewart, reaction has been nothing short of glowing.

The pair was among journalists throughout North America who had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new F-Series Super Duty and its new 6.4-liter Power Stroke® diesel earlier this month in Texas.

Media witnessed firsthand how Ford’s new clean diesel technology improves performance, emissions and NVH at the same time. This formula, combined with a diesel’s typical 25-30 percent better fuel economy than gas engines, could trigger a diesel revolution in North America much like has already happened in Europe.

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First Ever Talking Billboards Revealed to Mini Motorists

New York, NY - January 30, 2007... Imagine MINI owner Scott is driving down the highway. He's checking out the billboards - phone companies (snore)... online casinos (no thanks)... "MOTOR LIKE YOU MEAN IT, SCOTT!" (Hold on! Say what?). Scott has just experienced personalized "talking" billboards - the latest innovation from MINI USA, which will be the first to use advanced technology to communicate directly with its consumers with the introduction of MINI Motorby. Commuters who are tired of seeing billboards with the same mind-numbing out-of-home copy will instead be greeted by MINI Motorboards. These boards feature an ever-changing array of unique, personal, playful and unexpected messages targeted to and triggered by MINI owners. Messages will be spelled out in lights on billboards in locations in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami beginning January 2007.

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2008 VW Jetta TDI, finally, no more rumors!

*** we have updated information on the release of the new VW TDI Diesels. click here ***

Volkswagen 2008 Concept TDI

Finally, the first offical word in a press release from VW on the new TDI in the Jetta platform. Everything has been speculation or quotes from "insiders" that could never be verified by more than one person.

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