Volkswagen Reports Record Sales Revenue

09 March 2007 - WOLFSBURG, Germany - The Volkswagen Group reached its targets last year: “We cut costs, increased productivity and quality, and launched a fireworks of new models”, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, on Friday at the presentation of the 2006 financial results in Wolfsburg.

“The Volkswagen Group sold more vehicles worldwide in 2006 than ever before. All brands contributed to this success.” This growth is also positively reflected in the financial data. Sales revenue exceeded the €100 billion mark for the first time. Operating profit before special items rose 51.7 percent to €4.4 billion. “We recorded an impressive result”, emphasized Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Pötsch. “The ForMotionplus performance enhancement program helped the Group to optimize its cost structures and processes and increase its competitiveness.”

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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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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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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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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.

Dakar - Volkswagen with ten stage victories, fastest team

Wolfsburg (21 January 2007). In the 2007 Dakar Rally Volkswagen – having clinched ten of 14 possible stage victories and leading the event for eight days – was the dominant team in the field, but in the overall classification the factory team headed by Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen was not rewarded for its performance.

After 8,000 kilometres factory driver Mark Miller (USA) and his co-driver Ralph Pitchford (South Africa) in the Race Touareg 2, as the make's best pairing, finished in fourth place overall. Prior to this, a defect on a cam follower in the valve train of the diesel engine, which had never occurred before in countless kilometres of testing and competition, had robbed the German automotive manufacturer that had been successfully defending its lead up to this point of all chances for victory.

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Dakar - Triple stage victory for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg (20 January 2007). Volkswagen managed another top performance on the 14th and penultimate leg of the Dakar Rally: For the ninth time, a Race Touareg clinched a stage victory, for the third consecutive time, and fifth altogether, Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) achieved such a result.

To top it off, Volkswagen claimed a triple exploit on the 576-kilometre stage from Tambacounda to Dakar: Sainz won ahead of his team-mates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) and the Race Touareg from Team Lagos, piloted by Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz (Portugal/Germany). Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) in another Race Touareg completed the Volkswagen foursome at the front of the field by finishing in sixth place. In addition, Volkswagen on the penultimate day of the 2007 Dakar Rally celebrated the Race Touareg's 50th stage victory.

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Dakar - Sainz claims eighth stage victory for Volkswagen

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (19 January 2007). Another stage victory for Volkswagen in the Dakar Rally: After yesterday’s exploit Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) also won the 13th of 15 legs of the desert classic, a 458-kilometre section from Kayes in Mali to Tambacounda in Senegal.

For Sainz, it marked as much as his fourth stage victory, for Volkswagen the eighth in the 29th Dakar Rally. The Spanish-French driver pairing in the Race Touareg was 26 seconds quicker than the French Mitsubishi driver Stéphane Peterhansel, who leads in the overall classification.

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