Volkswagen http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53669/more en Global Automakers See New, Revived Prospects in Iran http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/global-automakers-see-new-revived-prospects-iran <div class="node-body article-body">Renault and PSA, both with a significant history of manufacturing activities in Iran, are in advanced negotiations on new projects.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/global-automakers-see-new-revived-prospects-iran" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/global-automakers-see-new-revived-prospects-iran#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Suppliers Africa / Middle East Iran Daimler Kia PSA Renault Volkswagen Sales & Marketing Globalization Product Development Production Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:11:00 +0000 1317981 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Local automaker Iran Khodro builds Renault Tondar 90.</strong></p> Automakers Cut Prices in Response to Oz Tax Hike http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike <div class="node-body article-body">“Passing on benefits resulting from the changes to the luxury-car-tax threshold is a natural step,” Toyota Sales and Marketing Executive Director Tony Cramb says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-cut-prices-response-oz-tax-hike#comments Premium Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Australia Audi BMW Toyota Retail Sales & Marketing Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:30:00 +0000 1312581 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>2WD Kluger Grande SUV price cut less than other luxury Toyotas.</strong></p> Ailing Russia Market Not Sidetracking VW Investment http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ailing-russia-market-not-sidetracking-vw-investment <div class="node-body article-body">VW recently launched production of both 1.6L engines and its new-generation Polo sedan at its Kaluga plant, joining new versions of the Touareg CUV and Jetta sedan being built at the facility.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ailing-russia-market-not-sidetracking-vw-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ailing-russia-market-not-sidetracking-vw-investment#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Europe Russia Lada Renault Skoda Volkswagen Engine Production Vehicle Assembly Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:20:00 +0000 1313041 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">VW recently launched production of new-generation Polo&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">at&nbsp;</span>Kaluga<span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;plant.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> Russia’s GAZ Looks to Replace GM Assembly Work http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/russia-s-gaz-looks-replace-gm-assembly-work <div class="node-body article-body">GAZ’s contract with GM to assemble Aveo cars at its 30,000-unit-capacity Nizhny Novgorod plant expires at the end of 2016, but production likely will end by the end of this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/russia-s-gaz-looks-replace-gm-assembly-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/russia-s-gaz-looks-replace-gm-assembly-work#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Europe Russia Chevrolet GAZ Mercedes Volkswagen Globalization Restructuring Sales Results Vehicle Assembly Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:45:00 +0000 1311351 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>GAZelle Next among keys to market-share growth.</strong></p> Electric Axle Business Spinning Up for GKN http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn <div class="node-body article-body">As automakers maximize the potential of vehicle platforms, a GKN executive says the electric rear axle is a simple way to convert a front-drive architecture to a fuel-saving hybrid that also enables AWD when necessary.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/electric-axle-business-spinning-gkn#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan United Kingdom American Axle Audi BMW Magna Porsche ZF Component Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Sales Results Transmissions Audi A3 e-tron BMW i8 disconnecting axle electric axle Ferrari LaFerrari Fiat 500X GKN GKN Driveline Jeep Cherokee Jeep Renegade Lamborghini Asterion Mike Manley Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Porsche 918 Spyder Ray Kuczera Volvo XC90 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1310711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>BMW i8 plug-in hybrid&nbsp;integrates GKN electric drive&nbsp;on front axles.&nbsp;</strong></p> BMW North America Japan Import Sales Backslide 1.0% in First-Half 2015 http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Mercedes-Benz was the best-selling import brand with sales of 32,680 units, up 19.1% from first-half 2014. Volkswagen was next with 29,666, down 16.5%, followed by BMW at 22,674, up 0.9%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-marketing/japan-import-sales-backslide-10-first-half-2015#comments Premium Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Japan BMW Mercedes Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Sales Results Trade Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:45:00 +0000 1311181 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>VW offers high-end Lounge trim level in best-selling Golf.</strong></p> Tech Guru Doubts Women Will Shun Driverless Cars http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/tech-guru-doubts-women-will-shun-driverless-cars <div class="node-body article-body">Tim Bajarin, a leading high-tech industry strategist, takes exception to results of a national online survey suggesting most female consumers would not be interested in driverless cars and, as a result, could prove an obstacle to market adoption.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/tech-guru-doubts-women-will-shun-driverless-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/tech-guru-doubts-women-will-shun-driverless-cars#comments Public Auto Makers Sales & Marketing Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Audi Mazda Toyota Advertising Autonomous Vehicles Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:17:00 +0000 1305971 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Female consumers open to previous tech advances, expert says.</strong></p> Volkswagen India Putting Down Deeper Local Roots http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots <div class="node-body article-body">With Indian sales having risen 12.9% year-over-year through May, according to WardsAuto data, VW is investing in production capacity and local sourcing with an eye toward expanding the domestic market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/volkswagen-india-putting-down-deeper-local-roots#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Volkswagen Capacity Utilization Local Content Product Development Sales Results Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:12:00 +0000 1300221 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Homegrown Passat not in cards yet.</strong></p> Kia, Hyundai Surpass Japanese Brands in Initial Quality http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality <div class="node-body article-body">Porsche again leads the closely watched study, which finds voice-recognition systems still the area most perplexing to vehicle owners.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/kia-hyundai-surpass-japanese-brands-initial-quality#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. AB Volvo BMW Chrysler Ford General Motors Honda Hyundai Mazda Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Plants & Production Voice Activation Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000 1300021 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Kia&rsquo;s Kwangju plant building Soul best in Asia-Pacific.</strong></p> VW Group Dealers Fined for Price Fixing in Spain http://wardsauto.com/politics/vw-group-dealers-fined-price-fixing-spain <div class="node-body article-body">Spain’s competition commission contends the dealers agreed to fix prices and exchange market information, creating cartels in several geographic zones surrounding Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia, North, Asturias and Valencia.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/vw-group-dealers-fined-price-fixing-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/vw-group-dealers-fined-price-fixing-spain#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Dealers Europe Spain Volkswagen Politics Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:25:00 +0000 1296531 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>F. Tom&eacute;, a VW dealer in Madrid, was hit with biggest fine.</strong></p>