NEW DELHI: Volkswagen announced on Thursday that it will be rolling out the ‘Computer Vision’ AI technology to boost its production by at least 30% by the year 2025. The ‘Industrial Computer Vision’ image recognition and processing technology is currently being tested at Porsche’s Leipzig plant. The Computer Vision technology extracts information from optical data, such as the real environment at the plant, which it then evaluates using artificial intelligence (AI). The procedure is similar to the human capability of recognizing, processing and analyzing images. Volkswagen has been working with this technology for several years and is now intensifying its efforts. The first application will be rolled out next year through the new Volkswagen Industrial Cloud throughout the Volkswagen Group.
MUMBAI: Porsche India on Wednesday said its Director Pavan Shetty has quit the company owing to "personal" reasons, and Ashish Kaul, Head of Sales, will assume the responsibility in his place for carrying out day-to-day operations of the company for the time being. Kaul will report directly to Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, for strategic initiatives, the company said in a statement. "Pavan Shetty, Director Porsche India has resigned from his position on July 1, due to personal reasons," the statement said. In the interim, Kaul will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations at Porsche India and will report directly to Boparai, it said. "An announcement on the permanent replacement will be made in due course of time,"
BERLIN: Volkswagen is electrifying the Tiguan with a new, state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid drive. The SUV will now also be available as a separate Tiguan R model for the very first time. Volkswagen R’s performance experts have developed a new all-wheel drive with selective wheel torque control for the extremely dynamic, top-of-the-range model. The so called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring” enables totally new SUV driving dynamics by distributing the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels. Volkswagen Tiguan R ModelVolkswagen’s use of twin dosing now ensures that the turbo diesel engines01 (TDI) in the Tiguan are among the cleanest combustion engines in the world. With the new Travel Assist0301 system in
NEW DELHI: Volkswagen on Monday started the countdown for the global premiere of its 2020 Tiguan. Jurgen Stackmann, Board Member at Volkswagen Brand for Sales took to Twitter to announce the development. #Worldpremiere #VWTiguan #Countdown #MondayMotivation https://t.co/9of7cy2Ci4— Jürgen Stackmann (@jstackmann) 1593429183000First launched in 2007, Tiguan is the most successful model in the Volkswagen Group and the best-selling SUV in Europe. Tiguan 2019 starts from Rs 33.12 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The 7-seater SUV comes with a BS6, 2.0-litre TSI engine.
NEW DELHI: India is drawing up an incentive scheme for the autos sector aimed at doubling exports of vehicles and components in the next five years, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) has sought feedback from auto industry groups on the initial proposal, which suggests giving incentives over five years to increase local production and procurement for export, the sources said. The incentives would be based on the sales value of vehicles or components and eligible companies would need to meet certain conditions, including a minimum revenue and profit threshold and presence in at least 10 countries, two of the sources said, adding the form the incentives would take had
WASHINGTON: Four major automakers will not take a position on legal challenges to the Trump administration's decision in March to dramatically weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards but want to weigh in on any court fix, according to a document seen by Reuters. The Trump administration in March finalized rollback of U.S. vehicle emissions standards to require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026. That is far weaker than the 5% annual increases in the discarded rules adopted under President Barack Obama. Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG, Honda Motor Co and BMW AG struck a voluntary agreement with California in July 2019 on vehicle emissions rules. On Friday, the four automakers plan to ask a U.S. Appeals Court in Washington for
BRASILIA: Volkswagen Nivus SUV was an instant hit here as first lot of 1,000 units were sold within few hour of launch. Similarly, within seven minutes of going on the air, 200 units of special launch edition found buyers. The Board Member at Volkswagen Sales and Marketing, Jurgen Stackmann tweeted this news on Saturday congratulating the Volkswagen Brazil sales team. #Goodnews: #Nivus online pre-sales success in #Brazil! 1.000 units sold out in few hours! 200 units of „Special Lau… https://t.co/4ZqaFGTfYU— Jürgen Stackmann (@jstackmann) 1593207157000The new Nivus comes with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine which claims to deliver a maximum power output of 128 PS. It is hooked to a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox transmitting power to the front wheels.
NEW DELHI: Volkswagen on Wednesday, launched the 2021 Arteon and the all-new Arteon Shooting Brake. The 2021 Arteon underwent some cosmetic upgrades compared to its previous version, making the car more stylish and dynamic. The new Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake are characterized by an expressive and innovative design. The distinctive features include in particular the front end with a new continuous light strip, striking chrome bars and new air intakes at the bottom. The radiator grille and the long, wide bonnet are combined as a formal unit and make both Arteon versions stand out as the face in the crowd. The cars also sport a unique LED light signature at the front and rear. 2021 Volkswagen Arteon The two
LONDON: Volkswagen expects a V-shaped recovery lasting into 2022, its sales chief said on Tuesday, as businesses try to work out how quickly they will rebound from the coronavirus pandemic which shut large parts of the economy around the world for months. "We see a V-shaped recovery lasting into 2022," Christian Dahlheim told an online automotive conference.
NEW DELHI: Volkswagen has revealed its eight-generation Golf GTI in a sportier, tech-loaded avatar. The new hatchback will be available as 2022 model in US. Built off an updated version of the MQB chassis, the new GTI maintains the comfortable yet compact dimensions of the current GTI. The hatchback draws its power from a 2-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, matched with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The engine produces 241 PS and 370 Nm of torque. Moreover, for improved handing, the GTI will come with updated suspension geometry but maintains the key basics, such as an independent, multi link rear suspension. The new hatchback sports a more dramatic light signature with standard LED headlamps featuring a red and
FRANKFURT: Volkswagen will pay a 48% premium to buy out the minority shareholders of premium division Audi, Audi said on Tuesday. Volkswagen, which already holds 99.64% of Audi, announced the squeeze-out plans in February. "Volkswagen AG announced and specified that it has set the cash settlement to be paid to the minority shareholders in return for the transfer of their shares at 1,551.53 euros per AUDI AG share," the carmaker said. This compares with a share price of 1,050 euros apiece on Tuesday and amounts to a purchase price of 237 million euros ($267 million) for the 152,749 outstanding Audi shares, according to Refinitiv data. The transfer will be passed at Audi's next annual general meeting, which the carmaker
FRANKFURT: The number of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles (EV) jumped 60% in 2019, the biggest increase in three years and outpacing sales of battery-powered cars, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In its annual Global EV Outlook, the IEA said the number of public slow and fast charging spots reached 862,118 globally, with China, the world's largest car market, taking a 60% share. Fast chargers accounted for 31% of the total. The IEA defines slow charging as providing power of up to 22 kilowatts (kW), taking hours to charge a vehicle battery. Fast chargers, including Tesla's superchargers, can take minutes. "China continues to lead in the rollout of publicly accessible chargers, particularly fast chargers, which
BERLIN: Volkswagen has started sale of the ID. Charger for quick and easy home charging for electric vehicles, the company announced on Saturday. The ID. Charger is priced at €399 and can be ordered online or from Volkswagen dealers in eight European countries. The first boxes were delivered to customers recently. The new Volkswagen wallbox is part of a complete ID.3 package designed by Volkswagen to make the switch to an electric car as simple and convenient as possible. The ID. Charger will be gradually introduced in three versions. All having a charging capacity of up to 11kW, a permanently mounted Type 2 charging cable and integrated DC residual current protection for maximum safety. Volkswagen sets up infrastructure for ID.
A flood of Chinese electric cars coming ashore in Norway -- one of the biggest markets for battery-powered vehicles in Europe -- is a sign of the “ferocious competition" awaiting the region’s automakers. That warning by Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of struggling French carmaker Renault SA, comes as European manufacturers roll out more electric cars in the midst of a deep slump brought on by the coronavirus. Tighter emissions rules across the European Union have prodded automakers to lean into the transition to electric powertrains or face big fines this year. To further spur electric-car sales, the governments of France and Germany have included extra incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles in economic stimulus packages. As a result, the
HONG KONG/FRANKFURT: Volkswagen AG is in final talks to seal its largest investment deals with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) firms, two sources said, as the German automaker accelerates its push into the world's largest market for environmentally friendlier cars. The firm is poised to buy 50% of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Holding, the parent of EV partner JAC Motors, for at least 3.5 billion yuan ($491 million), the people said on condition of anonymity as the matter was private. It is also set to become the biggest shareholder of EV battery maker Guoxuan High-tech Co Ltd, the people said, adding both deals could be announced as early as Friday. Volkswagen declined to comment on the deals, details of which are reported here for
BEIJING: Jetta, Volkswagen’s sub-brand in China has captured 1 per cent market share within 8 months of commencing operations in the country, the company informed. Touted as one of the best brand starts in the country, Jetta delivered 13,500 units in April bringing the tally of total delivered cars to 81,000. Despite the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on China’s automotive market, Jetta’s results in the first four months of this year show only a downturn of 12% when compared to the four months from the market entry in September to December 2019. So while the overall market decreased by 30 per cent from January to April 2020, Jetta gained market share. Jetta brand is a bridge between the entry-level
KARLSRUHE: A top German court ruled Monday that Volkswagen must buy back a diesel car it modified to appear less polluting, a decision that could influence the outcome of tens of thousands of other "dieselgate" cases. Judges at the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe "effectively upheld" a lower court's ruling that plaintiff Herbert Gilbert can return his car to VW for reimbursement, but he must also accept a discount from the original purchase price for the time he used it. Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel engined cars, the ruling is the first real legal setback for VW in its home country. "Volkswagen now aims to soon bring these cases to a
CHENNAI: Even as RBI extends the moratorium on existing loans, car companies are offering similar EMI holiday schemes for new car loans. Companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor India, Mahindra & Mahindra and Toyota Kirloskar Motor, for instance, have announced similar financing schemes which will allow you to buy your car and start paying your EMI 2 or 3 months later. Volkswagen will come out with an EMI holiday scheme in a week, said the company spokesman. Others like Tata Motors have rolled out schemes that offer very low initial EMIs (Rs 5000) and longer duration loan tenures to attract customers back to the showroom. On Friday, car market leader Maruti Suzuki tied up with Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company to
NEW DELHI: Skoda Auto Volkswagen India on Thursday said it has resumed production at its Aurangabad plant with reduced manpower and has also commenced work on its India 2.0 project at the Pune facility adhering to all necessary safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Aurangabad facility which will be working with reduced manpower in a single shift, will initially produce the new Superb ahead of its launch next week and later include other models and brands as the company scales up its production gradually, the company said in a release. As port-operations and manpower availability continues to improve, operational efficiency of inbound logistics and parts availability will aid gradual ramp-up to full production capacity, it said. "The post COVID-19 era will have