Volkswagen http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53669/more en VW Beginning Design Management Transition, Insiders Say http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say <div class="node-body article-body">Design Chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/vw-beginning-design-management-transition-insiders-say#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Audi Design Product Development Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:00 +0000 1139351 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Teaser shot of upcoming Los Angeles show concept.</strong></p> Mercedes-Benz Thrives as Russian LV Market Shrinks http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes parent Daimler reportedly continues searching for a local production partner. That would allow the automaker to sidestep the Russian government’s recent ban on state purchases of imported cars.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/mercedes-benz-thrives-russian-lv-market-shrinks#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Audi BMW Jaguar Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Globalization Local Content Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:00 +0000 1136971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>E-Class among candidates for local production in Russia.</strong></p> Past Meets Future in Volkswagen’s Tristar Concept http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept <div class="node-body article-body">Several interesting aspects of the Tristar can be found inside. Its double cab has been conceived as a videoconferencing room equipped with a table, an audio system, swiveling passenger seats and even a built-in espresso machine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/past-meets-future-volkswagen-s-tristar-concept#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Europe Vehicles & Technology Germany Volkswagen Product Development Vehicle Interiors Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:30:00 +0000 1137091 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Tristar concept presages next-generation Transporter T6 van.</strong></p> Mercedes Ups Ante in India’s Luxury-Vehicle Market http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/mercedes-ups-ante-india-s-luxury-vehicle-market <div class="node-body article-body">‟Last year we were dubbed as selling fathers’ cars,” CEO and Managing Director Eberhard Kern says. ‟We are now selling sons’ and daughters’ cars.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/mercedes-ups-ante-india-s-luxury-vehicle-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/mercedes-ups-ante-india-s-luxury-vehicle-market#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Audi BMW Mercedes Product Development Sales Results Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:30:00 +0000 1132751 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GLA touted as driver of luxury-SUV segment growth.</strong></p> Disharmony Between Volkswagen, Skoda in India http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/disharmony-between-volkswagen-skoda-india <div class="node-body article-body">Volkswagen is reshaping its strategy in India, where combined VW and Skoda car sales through August were down 35.4% from a year earlier, according to WardsAuto data. Skoda India has put new investments on hold.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/disharmony-between-volkswagen-skoda-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/disharmony-between-volkswagen-skoda-india#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Skoda Volkswagen Capacity Utilization Laws/Law Enforcement Product Development Sales Results Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:02:00 +0000 1133911 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Rapid among sedans losing ground in India to SUVs, smaller cars.</strong></p> Local Chinese Brands Front and Center at Macau Show http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/local-chinese-brands-front-and-center-macau-show <div class="node-body article-body">The show, set for Nov. 7-9, has attracted more than 60 major automobile brands from 15 countries and regions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/local-chinese-brands-front-and-center-macau-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/local-chinese-brands-front-and-center-macau-show#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific China Audi BMW Dongfeng FAW Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes SAIC Tesla Volvo Car Sales & Marketing Globalization Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:19:00 +0000 1132141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Chinese automakers up against offerings by Audi, other luxury brands.</strong></p> French Auto Sales Maintain Momentum in September http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/french-auto-sales-maintain-momentum-september <div class="node-body article-body">Sales results released by the French automakers association CCFA would seem to assure 2014 will break a string of year-on-year losses dating back to 2008.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/french-auto-sales-maintain-momentum-september" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/french-auto-sales-maintain-momentum-september#comments Premium Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Europe France Audi BMW Citroen Dacia Nissan Peugeot Renault Sales Results Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:36:00 +0000 1128351 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Peugeot 308 drives automaker&rsquo;s September surge.</strong></p> New Diesel Jetta’s Trump Card for ’15 http://wardsauto.com/vehicle-test-drives/new-diesel-jetta-s-trump-card-15 <div class="field-deck"> <font color="#800517">Vehicle Test Drive </font> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">VWA has led the U.S. in the diesel category, where TDI take rates have hovered around 40% for the Passat sedan, 35% for the Jetta and 23% for the brand overall. So the expanded availability of the even better new 2.0L should be a hit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicle-test-drives/new-diesel-jetta-s-trump-card-15" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicle-test-drives/new-diesel-jetta-s-trump-card-15#comments Public Auto Makers Diesel Resource Center Test Drives North America U.S. Volkswagen Diesel Test Drives Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:05:00 +0000 1126291 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>New grille, optional bi-xenon lamps highlight exterior tweaks.</strong></p> '15 Volkswagen Jetta TDI http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/15-volkswagen-jetta-tdi <div class="node-body gallery-body">The new 2.0L is VW's sixth-generation diesel for the American market. Refinement, fuel-economy and power never were better.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/15-volkswagen-jetta-tdi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/diesel-resource-center/15-volkswagen-jetta-tdi#comments Public Auto Makers Diesel Resource Center Test Drives North America U.S. Volkswagen Diesel Test Drives Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:04:00 +0000 1125791 at http://wardsauto.com Technology Roundup http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/technology-roundup-11 <div class="node-body article-body">Bridgestone studying rubbery shrubbery; LEDs light the way in new Lexus CUV; Mahle casts away cast iron in piston-ring component.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/technology-roundup-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/technology-roundup-11#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Audi BorgWarner Continental Ford Lexus Renault Volkswagen Cockpit Dual Clutch (DCT) Electric Vehicles Electronic Control Units (ECU) Future Products Headlamps Information & Entertainment Manufacturing Technology National Highway Traffic Safey Administration (NHTSA) Pedestrian Protection Plastic Steel Taillamps Tires Voice Activation 3-D Printer Bridgestone LED Mahle University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:12:00 +0000 1125001 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>3-D printer replaces stamping, conventional assembly of Strati EV.</strong></p>