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Talks on Ford and Volkswagen Merger Already Happening

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There have been rumors that Ford and Volkswagen have already begun talks about a potential merger. If the two forms a single company, it could become the largest in the automotive industry.

Last June, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by both Ford and Volkswagen. The event signaled the start of a strategic partnership between the two giant automakers.

According to Motor1, the agreement between Ford and Volkswagen includes co-developing commercial vehicles and coming up with ways to address the ever-changing demands of customers. However, some analysts suspect that the MoU has laid the foundations of a merger or equity swap between the two manufacturers.

The Detroit Bureau projected that a merger of the two could lead to fruitful results on both sides, especially in filling the weaknesses of each company. The analysis of the agency is that Volkswagen could benefit from the strong position of Ford in the American market, and it could get leverage in the sport utility vehicle and pickup segments of the US market. Meanwhile, Ford could address its weak points in the markets of Europe, Latin America, and China through the strong influence of Volkswagen in the mentioned regions.

The report added that a source said the deal is on a good timing. That’s because Ford CEO Jim Hackett is certainly looking to make a “radical transformation” in the company.

Company insiders have also confirmed that talks between Ford and Volkswagen have commenced. For now, all we have to have to do is wait if the negotiations will yield favorable results for both automakers.

Porsche Bids Diesel Goodbye

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Volkswagen Group’s luxury auto brand Porsche is officially ditching diesel engines, marking a new generation of luxury vehicles offered with either electric or hybrid engines. The move came a year after the brand hinted at giving the diesel the ax and shifting its focus to electrified vehicles.

In a statement, Porsche said there was a shift in “consumer demand,” though 12 percent of its global sales last year were vehicles with diesel engines. This might look like a huge chunk of the market that Porsche is willing to sacrifice, but the brand is confident that its electric and hybrid offerings will more than make up for the perceived loss.

A whopping 63 percent of Porsche Panamera sold in Europe are hybrids, which clearly signals the growth in this segment.

This is the latest blow to the diesel engine in Germany since the so-called Dieselgate that rocked the Volkswagen Group in 2015. The VW Group admitted to cheating on air pollution emission tests in their diesel vehicles using what they called “defeat devices.” Sales of diesel-engined cars have plummeted and consumers of diesel cars became worried that the resale value of the car will be pulled down.

The statement from Porsche said the company is “not demonizing diesel.” CEO Oliver Blume said that diesel will remain to be an important propulsion technology, but Porsche, in particular, wants a future that is diesel-free.

Diesel has one been championed to be the environment-friendlier alternative to petrol (unleaded gas) because it produces fewer carbon emissions. But problems have surfaced in the past decade as it was found out that diesel engines are worst than petrol when it comes to air pollution. The cheating done by Volkswagen was apparently to make diesel cars seem like they were emitting the same level of pollution as petrol engines.

Next year, Porsche will release the Taycan, formerly known as the Mission E. We can also expect a Cross Turismo variant in the future. By 2025, every new Porsche sold should be electrified, the company aims.

Volkswagen Beetle Bows Down With Final Edition Model

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Before the Volkswagen Beetle bids goodbye next year, it introduces two Final Edition models—a coupe and a convertible. These two models will mark the last year of the Beetle’s production in 2019.

It has been a long time since Volkswagen revealed the New Beetle and was named the 1999 Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend. In 2012, the Beetle was redesigned that helped reignite sales. But alas, the entrance of the crossover segment ended the blooming re-interest on the retro-styled coupe.

The Final Edition packages are modeled after the 2003 Ultima Edicion. They are going to be offered with a beige or a light blue paint, as well as a few other colors. The convertibles will get their own brown top, except for the beige convertibles, which will get their tops in another color. Other changes on the exterior are a few chrome trim, body-color side-view mirrors, a rear “Beetle” badge, and unique wheels.

Inside, the Final Edition Beetle gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a beige dash, and special upholstery. If you want better features, you can upgrade from the base SE model to the SEL version, which gets Xenon headlights, LED taillights, larger wheels, diamond-stitched leather seats, navigation, and a premium audio system.

Hinrich Woebcken, Volkswagen’s North American President and CEO, said in a statement that after nearly seven decades in the market, the end of production for the Beetle will “evoke a host of emotions from [its] many devoted fans.”

The German automaker will move toward a more full-line, family-oriented cars in the United States. It will also ramp up its electrification strategy with the use of the MEB platform. Woebcken hinted, though, of the possibility of the Beetle’s revival but as an electric car.

The Final Edition packages will start at $23,940, including destination. The SEL version will add another $2,950. The convertible variant will start at $28,190 or $30,890 if you want the SEL version.

2018 Volkswagen T-Cross SUV To Be Revealed This Fall, Gets Bigger Boot

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There are two things that Volkswagen wants us to know about its new T-Cross SUV: It will be revealed this fall after the Paris motor show, and it will have a bigger boot compared with its competitions.

The Volkswagen T-Cross will be the fourth model in VW’s SUV lineup. It will be positioned beneath the T-Roc, the Tiguan, and the Touareg. Then, it will be in direct competition with the Citroen C3 Aircross, the SEAT Arona, and the Nissan Juke.

After its debut later this autumn, VW confirmed that the T-Cross will go on sale across Europe in the spring of 2019.

This latest teaser showed that the T-Cross SUV will get a significantly better boot size, a total of 455 liters in capacity. Since the sliding rear bench will become standard across the model, folding the rear bench flat will take the total boot size to 1,281 liters of space. This is better than the Nissan Juke and the SEAT Arona. Without the rear bench folded, it also beats out the Citroen though the latter has better capacity once the rear seats have been dropped.

The overall shape of the car is squarer than the T-Roc and that should be enough for the model to stand out amid the very Volkswagen styling of its brothers in the brand’s SUV lineup. Essentially, the T-Cross is a Polo SUV without the design elements of the supermini. It would have a slightly bigger proportion than the Polo SUV and the T-Cross will even be taller compared with its in-house rival, the SEAT Arona.

Other things we noticed about the teaser is that the rear lights might be connected by a LED lighting strip that spans the width of the tailgate.

The lineup for the powertrains will be based on a new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol that can produce a range between 75 horsepower and 115 horsepower. Five- and six-speed manual will be standard across the range but a dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available for higher-spec models.

3 Things We Should Expect From The 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI

Rendering of the Volkswagen T-Roc GTI by X-Tomi Design.

Rendering of the Volkswagen T-Roc GTI by X-Tomi Design.

It’s rare to see an automaker come up with a performance version of a compact crossover SUV. It’s unusual in this certain segment, but Volkswagen may like the challenge of this idea. The T-Roc was launched in 2017, becoming the smallest crossover in VW’s lineup.

With the likes of the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and Renault Captur. A beefed-up version of the T-Roc was spotted testing on public roads, and it confirmed suspicions that VW is gearing to create a whole new market for performance-oriented compact crossovers.

1. Exterior

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The T-Roc R-Line has a sporty appearance, so we think that the GTI will be loosely based on that exterior. It adds, among others, horizontal slats to the bumper grille, splitter-like elements up front, sports black wheel arch extensions, body-colored side skirts, new wheels, and the trademark red stripe across the grille.

The bumper will be taller and will give the GTI a more planted look. The sides will feature the usual black window trim, side skirt extensions, and a fancier set of wheels.

2. Interior

The T-Roc’s interior will be a little cramped, of course. This is a compact crossover, after all. It would have a premium feel all throughout the cabin, though—from the dashboard to the comfortable seats to the infotainment system. Some upgrades the GTI could bring are turning the colored inserts and the paddle shifters red since it’s the traditional GTI color.

The steering wheel is expected to have a more aggressive design with red accents. The standard seats will be replaced with sportier units with heavier bolstering and maybe even integrated headrests. The standard T-Roc comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen but the GTI will likely have the 8-inch version. This will come with a CD player, Discover Media, and a navigation system. The 11.7-inch instrument cluster will display a ton of information—drivetrain info, phone apps, and a media library.

3. Performance

The Golf GTI uses a turbocharged four-pot engine that produces 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. the T-Roc GTI could use the same engine with the same output. Currently, the range-topping T-Roc gets 187 horses and236 pound-feet of torque, so the increase of 30 ponies and 20 pound-feet makes sense.

 

Was the Audi Chief Sacked Because Of Emissions Cheating Scandal?

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Audi’s chief executive Rupert Stadler stepped down from the management boards of Audi and its parent company, Volkswagen, amid investigations into the emissions cheating scandal that rocked the German company.

Volkswagen’s supervisory board did not suspend Stadler, the company emphasized, but the chief executive asked to step down until allegations against him are clarified. The company held a six-hour meeting on Monday when he was also detained by German prosecutors because he might influence witnesses in the ongoing fraud investigation.

Stadler, 55, is the highest-ranking Volkswagen executive to be arrested in connection to the costly diesel emissions scandal that first went public back in 2015. Last week, the German automaker was asked to pay 1 billion Euros, which Volkswagen did not dispute to show that it is taking responsibility for what happened.

Stadler and some other 19 current or former Audi employees are being investigated for tampering and installing a cheating software in 240,000 diesel cars sold in the United States and Europe. The cars were supposedly installed with a cheating software that would lower emissions only during the test. It would not work during normal car operations.

In a statement, Audi said that it agreed to suspend Stadler “until the circumstances that led to his arrest have been clarified.” He would be considered innocent until proven guilty.

The emissions scandal brought Volkswagen’s shares plunging, and it crushed the confidence of investors, consumers, and regulators in diesel technology. Since the scandal broke, it has already cost Volkswagen more than $30 billion in recalls, penalties, and settlements.

Although the German automaker changed its management and put a major investment in electric cars, it continued to struggle to move away from the issue.

Abraham Schot, Audi Board Member and Sales Chief, was named interim CEO while Stadler remains suspended, according to the statement from Volkswagen. Schot joined the VW Group from Mercedes-Benz Italia back in 2011. He joined the Audi board in September 2017 and is believed to be untainted by the scandal.

Volkswagen Fined 1 Billion Euros For “Dieselgate”

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Volkswagen has been fined 1 billion Euros ($1.18 billion) by public prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig, the city close to the company’s Wolfsburg headquarters, over “Dieselgate” or the diesel emissions cheating that saw more than 10.7 million vehicles fitted with “defeat devices.”

The German company said it will pay the fine and would not lodge an appeal against it. The statement added that Volkswagen AG admits “its responsibility” for the diesel crisis “and considers this as a further major step towards the latter being overcome.”

Volkswagen said that the investigation found that “monitoring duties had been breached in the powertrain development department in the context of vehicle tests.” In human language, that means that the diesel cars sold worldwide between 2007 and 2015 have been fitted with the so-called “defeat devices.”

The purpose of these devices is to lower the emissions of cars during testing. However, the devices don’t work when the cars are used during normal driving conditions, meaning that the cars on the road could pump out up to 40 times the allowed amount of pollution.

The 1-billion-Euro penalty is composed of the 5 million Euros that is imposed along with the 995 million Euros for what was described as the “disgorgement of economic benefits,” which simply means the profit earned by Volkswagen for all the mess.

The payment will likely put to end the criminal prosecutions against the German company, but Volkswagen will continue to face the growing number of civil claims from motorists with affected cars, as well as the shareholders of the company. Volkswagen is not alone in what has been dubbed as the “Dieselgate.” Its subsidiaries will also be targeted, as well as luxury carmakers Mercedes-Benz, which already recalled more than 770,000 units, and BMW.

The diesel scandal first broke out in the US, where the company has already paid $25 billion in fines and compensation.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Things We Should Expect From The 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI

Rendering of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK8 GTI from TopSpeed.

Rendering of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK8 GTI from TopSpeed.

After four long years, German automaker Volkswagen is finally ready to uncover the next-generation Golf GTI in 2019. As one of the most popular hot hatchback out there, it’s only a matter of time before folks at Volkswagen decide to update the Golf GTI, especially considering that Ford is already working on a new-generation Focus ST.

Not much is known about the 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK8 GTI  performance hatchback, but it should have most of the styling cues found on recently introduced Volkswagen models, including the sporty Arteon sedan.

Exterior

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI will get the company’s latest design package, which means larger front grille, bigger headlamps, and a more aggressive bumper. The GTI package will also come packed with a honeycomb mesh instead of the horizontal slats in the grille. There’s also the traditional red stripe on each side of the logo.

Designers over at Volskwagen also added C-shaped LED lights on the air vents on each side of the lower grille. The Golf Mk8 GTI is also a bit longer and wider than the previous generation.

Interior

We don’t have any spy photos of the interiors of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI, but the latest in Polo and Touareg models provided us some hints. It has a much cleaner dashboard with rectangular vents at the corners and in the center stack. It will also get a bigger infotainment screen, a new steering wheel, revised seats, new upholstery and materials, as well as enhanced room for rear passengers.

Performance

The upcoming Golf GTI will use the updated version of the company’s MQB platform and will help shed off about 70 kilograms off its weight. It will continue using the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can produce more than 250 horsepower, though no exact figure has been revealed. Other technology to help in the performance will include engine-off coasting, an integrated starter-motor and generator, as well as electrically driven turbochargers.

Prices

No pricing information has been announced yet but the outgoing model is priced at $26,415, so the Mk8 model could be sold for $28,000 before options. The production of the eight generation Golf will begin in June 2019, so the GTI could be launched before 2019.

Competition

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI direct competitors are the Ford Focus ST and the Hyundai I30 N.

6 Revelations About The 2018 Volkswagen Touareg

During a special ceremony in Beijing on Friday, Volkswagen released a redesigned Touareg, marking the very special relationship the European company has with China, which it considers its second home.

1. New Flagship Of The VW Brand

This third-generation Touareg is being put in the upmarket level seeing as it recently became the new flagship of the VW brand. Previously, that role was with the Phaeton but the full-size sedan was already discontinued in 2016. An electric successor is being planned, but that won’t come into fruition until the next decade.

2. Wider And More Dynamic Look

Compared to its predecessor, the outgoing model, the new Touareg has a wider look and it’s also bigger. It’s three inches longer than before, now standing at 192 inches. It’s also 1.7 inches wider at 78 inches and 0.3 inches shorter at only 67 inches.

3. MLB Platform

The curb weight has been reduced by as much as 233 pounds in some variants, thanks to VW’s version of the MLB platform, which features multi-material construction and used by Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne. The main benefits are air suspension, roll stabilization, and rear-wheel steering.

4. Plush Interior

The cabin of the new Touareg is as luxurious as others in the game. It has a digital dash with a 12.0-inch screen that is now the instrument cluster. There’s also a 15-inch infotainment hub. For safety features, there’s the automatic emergency braking, driver fatigue warning, and a night vision camera. Overall, VW calls the cabin design “Innovision Cockpit.”

5. Drivetrain Options

The Touareg will go on sale this summer in Europe. Depending on the market, there will be choices of two 3.0-liter V-6 diesels, producing 228 and 282 horsepower, respectively, and a 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline delivering 335 horsepower. There will also be a plug-in hybrid setup with 362 horsepower for the Chinese market. There are also news that a 4.0-liter V-8 diesel producing 415 horsepower will come as another option.

Standard to these engines are an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive with a center differential lock. Some extras are available, care of a special off-road pack that adds extra driving modes, a larger fuel tank, and under body protection.

6. Release Dates And Locations

The new Touareg won’t be coming to the United States. The local division of VW in the US dropped the model at the end of the 2017 model year because of low sales and the decision to focus on the Atlas.

Spanish Carmaker SEAT Removes Veil On Cupra e-Racer

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Volkswagen-owned SEAT announced that it has come up with the Cupra e-Racer, a fully electric racing touring car that will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. The Spanish automaker calls it the world’s “first 100 percent electric racing touring car,” which, based on its specs, is truly one of a kind.

Everywhere you look, fully electric racing cars are hitting the track, promising to revolutionize the race car industry. There were previous reports that even at the 2020 World Rallycross Championships, electric racers would be part of the program. In fact, they would headline the show. An electric touring car series was also reported to be supporting the Formula E.

Aside from that, Jaguar also announced that an I-Pace eTrophy racing series will be featured alongside Formula E during the 2018-19 season. There is certainly quite a turn and change in the industry as manufacturers scramble among themselves to come up with an enticing fully electric (sometimes, even automated) racing touring car for the tracks.

The Cupra e-Racer is based on the Cupra Leon TCR touring car, and is expected to headline a new E TCR category. The Cupra e-Racer can produce 400 horsepower that will peak at 670 horsepower.

The Cupra brand is new, so that e-Racer will probably act as the best vehicle the Spanish automaker can come up with now. It is expected that the brand will take over SEAT’s entire motorsport and racing division, given that it has done a fantastic job in the last touring car it produced and developed.

SEAT’s motorsport and racing division is originally under the SEAT Sport brand. If you are still unsure how SEAT wants to market its Cupra brand, or what it plans for it, you better take a look at what it tweeted earlier: “It didn’t come here to play games. It’s coming strong. And coming to stay. Discover CUPRA’s launch at https://t.co/RW2yM88LCi pic.twitter.com/F1vfqrByqi.”

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