VW and Ford close to deal on self-driving and electric cars: VW

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Volkswagen and Ford are close to reaching a deal on a partnership for developing self-driving and electric cars, the German carmaker’s chief executive said on Thursday. Volkswagen and the No. 2 U.S. automaker signed a deal in March to develop a pickup truck, and have been in talks about extending the alliance to include autonomous driving and […]

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Volkswagen is bringing a fully-electric SUV to China

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla’s Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 280 miles before the battery has to be recharged. The concept car […]

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VW says could build up to 15 million electric cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) could build up to 15 million electric cars over several years on its new electric vehicle production platform, the company said on Friday, adding that its Chief Executive Herbert Diess had misspoken in an interview on Monday. Automotive News on Monday quoted Diess as saying that VW could build 50 million electric vehicles globally across […]

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VW to convert three German plants to build electric cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will convert three German factories to build electric cars, as Europe’s largest automaker by sales starts mass producing zero-emission vehicles in a major strategy shift following its emissions cheating scandal. The German company said on Wednesday its plant in Emden, which currently builds the VW Passat, would build electric cars from 2022 onwards, while its […]

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VW taps Baidu's Apollo platform to develop self-driving cars in China

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) on Friday said it would join China’s Apollo autonomous driving consortium, which was founded by Baidu, as it seeks to develop self-driving cars for the world’s largest market. Baidu last year opened the Apollo consortium, which uses an open-source approach, to third parties to accelerate development of autonomous vehicles in the face of stiff competition […]

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Volkswagen is making a $5.86M hypercar

What do you do when making one of the world’s most expensive cars isn’t enough? You double down. Bugatti, maker of the $2.8 million Chiron, has announced that it is building an ultra-exclusive new model at more than twice the price of its current flagship. The radical Bugatti Divo hypercar will cost $5.86 million. Bugatti, an Italian brand that is […]

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Volkswagen fined £880million after diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen have reportedly been fined £880million by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal. The German fine follows a US plea agreement from January 2017, when VW agreed to pay a criminal fine of $4.3 billion (£3.2bn) to resolve criminal and civil penalties. “Following thorough examination, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal […]

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Volkswagen warns owners after tests find seat belts can unbuckle

Volkswagen warns owners not to use rear middle seats in some models after tests found seat belts can unbuckle themselves The Seat Arona, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo are all at risk of the defect According to testers – the rear seat belts can come undone at high speed  Volkswagen said it would be contacting customers over the seat belt […]

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