Monday, 14 August 2017

ŠKODA and Tata Motors end negotiations on a partnership

ŠKODA AUTO has assessed and evaluated a potential strategic collaboration with Tata Motors Ltd over recent weeks and months. ​
​In doing so, both companies have concluded that at present, neither the technical nor the economic synergies are achievable to the extent desired by both parties. As a result, a planned strategic alliance will no longer be pursued for the time being. Both companies would like to emphasise that following the intensive and constructive discussions of the last few months, they are not ruling out possible future collaborations. ​

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

VW responsibility for Products

Product responsibility means that manufacturers look closely at the effects their products may have on the health and safety of the customer – from the development of the product concept via production and delivery across to maintenance, disposal and re-use or recycling. For automobile manufacturers this means above all doing everything possible to ensure that their vehicles are as safe as possible.

Safety is initially a question of product quality. We ensure this across the entire value added chain, with many teams taking care of individual operational sections – ranging from the quality of bought-in parts via material quality and processing right across to the quality of the overall vehicle.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

However, vehicle safety is also a question of innovation, because advanced driver assistance systems help the driver to identify hazards earlier and to avoid dangerous situations from the very beginning.

Examples of a wide range of driver assistance systems are our ACC automatic distance control function and systems for keeping the vehicle in its lane (“Lane assist”) and for changing lanes (“Side assist”) and many more.

These active safety systems are effectively supplemented by optimised passive safety, prime examples of which are rigid occupant compartments and specific crumple zones in the front and rear sections of the vehicle together with an interior which is optimised for maximum crash safety. 

Accident Research

Volkswagen increases road safety not just by making safe cars, but also by active accident research. We reconstruct and analyse accidents, which provides us with valuable data for vehicle safety. These findings have a direct influence on vehicle development, as a current example shows.
Statistics indicate that every fourth collision leads to a further collision – and it is exactly for this purpose that Volkswagen has developed its multi-collision brake. By reducing the vehicle's speed to 10 km/h after a collision has been identified this braking system can often avoid or at least reduce the severity of follow-up collisions.
In addition Volkswagen actively promotes road safety by participating worldwide in projects aimed at raising awareness of safety aspects among drivers.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The European version of the Arteon makes its debut.

In car design circles, the word “fastback” means a car with a roof line that glides to its tail with one smooth, seamless curve. The Beetle may be the most famous example of such a car, while Volkswagen’s popular Type 3 Fastback sedan of the 1960s and 1970s also demonstrated the stylistic and aerodynamic benefits of the look.  Volkswagen revealed a 21st-centry take on the fastback with an all-new model. Meet the Arteon, a visually unique four-door flagship that shows the direction Volkswagen styling will take in the future. Based closely on the GTE Coupe Concept from 2015, the Arteon combines the space of a luxury car with the benefits of a hatchback and several new technologies.  “The car looks simply great — it both arouses emotions and creates desirability,” says Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz, head of the mid- and full-size vehicle lines for Volkswagen. “Many of the details of the show car have made it into real production.”  Start with the name — a portmanteau of “art” and “eon,” the suffix that now signifies all high-end luxury models within the Volkswagen brand worldwide. The Arteon’s integrated grille, LED headlamps, and daytime running lights with chrome trim that connects all three elements presents the new “face” of the Volkswagen brand.  Compared to the outgoing CC, the Arteon is longer and wider, while its fastback profile allows for a true hatchback trunk. It’s also space efficient, with up to 55 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down. On the European version, LED taillights and 20-inch wheels combined with a shoulder line that runs the length of the body build the Arteon’s sporty nature.  Under its skin, the European model Arteon will feature several advanced technologies. The available 12.1-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display works with an available active heads-up display for maximum usefulness. The new available Discover Pro entertainment system combines a 9.2-inch touchscreen in the dashboard with gesture controls. And a new available Emergency Assist system can engage automatically in cases where a driver appears incapacitated — it can move the car to an available emergency lane, put on its hazard lights, and help slow down the vehicle.  In Europe, the Arteon is slate to offer a choice from six potential engines and either six- or seven-speed automatic transmissions. The Arteon will go on sale in Europe later this year and will eventually debut in the United States. (Features and specifications for the U.S. Arteon will be released at a later date.)  “It’s the perfect car for people who appreciate great style and great value for the money,” says Licharz. “That is how we are challenging premium car makers without becoming one ourselves.”  

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017


ŠKODA SUV wins with the highest score out of 500 import vehicles tested. ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI completes double success taking second place. 
The ŠKODA KODIAQ is ‘AUTO TEST Winner 2017’. With 676 points, the brand’s large SUV achieved the best result out of all the import vehicles tested by the German trade magazine ‘AUTO TEST’ over the past twelve months. ŠKODA has won the award for the fourth time in a row.  Overall, this is the 29th award the ŠKODA KODIAQ has won since its market launch at the beginning of this year. The ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI completes the Czech manufacturer’s double success taking second place in the ‘AUTO TEST’ ranking.

“Only rarely does a new model rise to victory after just being released in this highly competitive environment. The ŠKODA KODIAQ is a real winner,” AUTO TEST makes the exceptional position of ŠKODA’s SUV clear. In the trade journal’s comparative tests, the top version of the ŠKODA KODIAQ with 140 kW (190 hp) 2.0 TDI, direct shift transmission and all-wheel drive went up against similarly equipped competitors.  With 676 points, the brand’s first large SUV scored the best result out of all the import vehicles tested over the past twelve months. The ŠKODA KODIAQ won over the professionals at AUTO TEST in particular with its spaciousness, “Along with high variability, excellent value for money and exceptional handling,” the testers agreed.

The ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI, last year’s winner in the 'AUTO TEST' ranking, finished second with 646 points, just behind the ŠKODA KODIAQ. The brand’s flagship thus completes this double success for ŠKODA. In addition, ŠKODA is celebrating its fourth consecutive victory; in 2015 and 2014, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA triumphed in the import rankings.

Since 2008, AUTO TEST has awarded prizes to the best vehicles of the past twelve months in several categories. Every year, the experts test around 500 cars from all classes, driving more than one million test kilometres to evaluate the models in the categories of vehicle quality, safety, purchase pricing, premiums, operating costs, performance and consumption.

29th award for the ŠKODA KODIAQ
For the ŠKODA KODIAQ, 'AUTO TEST Winner 2017' is already the 29th award since its market launch at the beginning of the year. Among others, ŠKODA’s SUV has won 'Best Cars 2017' from What Car? in Great Britain; was named 'Car of the Year 2017' in the Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria, 'SUV of the Year' in China and France, 'All-wheel drive of the year' in Germany; and received two Red Dot awards for its design. 

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Discover the Audi g-tron and Audi e-gas

Audi represents Vorsprung durch Technik. That means thinking today about the future of mobility. But it’s not just a question of design or performance – it’s also a question of how to power our cars to get from A to B. And from today to tomorrow.

We are pushing forward innovations in this area: not simply by building efficient engines, but also by developing alternative drive and mobility concepts. By also seeking inspiration from nature for new sources of power that allow us to travel new paths. An innovative contribution to this goal is made by our Audi g-tron models – in combination with Audi e-gas. One example is the Audi A5 Sportback g-tron1: 80% less CO2/km with Audi e-gas technology purely in gas mode (CNG) on a well-to-wheel assessment (a calculation of emissions that includes both the production of fuel and the running of a vehicle) compared with the Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI2with 140 kW. As a g-tron customer, you can refuel as usual at any CNG filling station. AUDI AG ensures that the total amount of gas consumed by the vehicle, calculated on the basis of legal standards for measuring fuel consumption and emissions as per NEDC/WLTP and statistical data on the annual mileage of Audi g-tron models that were ordered during the period 7 March 2017 to 31 May 2018 is replaced by Audi e-gas – for a period of three years after first registration as a new vehicle (the amount of CO2 saved is also calculated on this basis and may be lower in actual practice when running the vehicle). The Audi e-gas is fed into the European natural gas network, replacing fossil natural gas.

Another step towards our vision of premium carbon-neutral mobility.
With the Audi g-tron models and Audi e-gas as fuel from our own production sites and from partner facilities, the approach we are taking for our drive solutions isn’t just a matter of efficient engines, but also of the ecology of the entire energy system. A matter of enabling mobility that’s innovative before the vehicle has even driven a single metre. That’s the idea behind “Vorsprung starts before you drive”. And behind the combination of Audi g-tron and Audi e-gas. Find out more about our holistic drive concept here.
Audi e-gas is a fuel that we developed in our own production facilities. It is made using renewable energy sources, water, CO2 and waste materials. Various processes are used to extract CO2 from the atmosphere, which is then converted into Audi e-gas by biomethane and power-to-gas plants. The power-to-gas plants split water into hydrogen and oxygen exclusively using renewable energy. The oxygen is released into the air and the hydrogen reacts with CO2from the biomethane plant to form methane: our Audi e-gas. The biomethane plants demonstrably only use waste materials in which CO2 is also bound. This gives Audi e-gas an important advantage: the exact overall amount of CO2 that is emitted by the vehicle according to standard consumption is bound in the fuel. The additional CO2 emissions generated by the construction of the fuel plants, transport and compression of the fuel at filling stations are included, so that on an overall assessment CO2 emissions can be reduced by 80%3. That means we don’t just focus on efficient fuel consumption, but also on the production of the fuel itself.

Back in 2013, Audi commissioned the world’s first industrial-scale power-to-gas plant: the Audi e-gas plant in Werlte. For the first time, large quantities of fluctuating energy generated from wind and solar power could be stored in the natural gas grid on a long-term basis. Very effective, because the expansion of fluctuating energy sources like wind means that it’s increasingly common for excess power to be generated. The power-to-gas process makes use of this excess power as fuel for mobility, which is why we believe the Audi e-gas project can be a crucial element and driver of energy transition.

Alongside this solution for the g-tron fleet, we are also working to develop other synthetic liquid fuels that could have a potential to reduce CO2 that is similar to Audi e-gas. We call them Audi e-fuels. One example is Audi e-benzin, which is currently under development – and is already being tested in our Audi models.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Audi Sport Performance Parts – New dynamics for Audi R8 and Audi TT

Even more distinctive, sportier and faster: The new Audi Sport Performance Parts take dynamic handling to a wholly new level for the Audi R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 – 11.4*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 – 272*) sports car and the Audi TT. The retrofit range will be available in dealers in late summer 2017 and features numerous components.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

KAROQ ready for the first stage of the Tour de France

The Tour de France is ready for the start. On Saturday, the ŠKODA KAROQ will line up at the start as a service vehicle for three teams.
The new compact SUV is supporting three teams during the 14-kilometre time trial in Düsseldorf. The vehicles have a few added extras on board such as radio equipment. Wraps on the exterior give the KAROQ models an individual design.

After an absence of 30 years, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France is once again taking place in Germany. The time trial of the first stage leads from the fair-ground in Düsseldorf exhibition centre, along the Rhine to the famous Königsallee boulevard and back along the Rhine to the exhibition centre. A premiere for both Düsseldorf and the ŠKODA KAROQ, because ŠKODA’s new compact SUV will be presenting itself to the public there for the first time ahead of its market launch at the end of the year. Three ŠKODA KAROQs are accompanying teams from South Africa (Team Dimension Data), the Netherlands (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo), and Belgium (Lotto Soudal) as service vehicles during the 14-kilometre time trial. They will not only act as a spare parts depot on wheels for the racing cyclists, but also have the team escorts on board who will be in communication with their cyclists via radio.

The ŠKODA KAROQ SUV’s are all designed in the teams’ colours: Team Dimension Data will be supported by a black, white and green ŠKODA KAROQ, Team Lotto NL - Jumbo’s compact SUV has a yellow and black design, and the Lotto Soudal team will be supported by a red and white KAROQ. The roofs of all of the compact SUV’s bear the slogan ‘RIDE ON WITH #KAROQ’.

The ŠKODA KAROQ is exceptionally well-suited to use in the third-largest sporting event in the world. The all-rounder is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG transmission and, thanks to the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), a choice of three driving modes as well as electromechanical power steering, is as dynamic on the road as the athletes. Five engines with power outputs ranging from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS) are available for the new compact SUV.

The generous interior dimensions provide plenty of space for both equipment and the tour escorts. Thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, the connectivity offering also leaves nothing to be desired: the passengers have the option of being ‘always online’. The KAROQ is also the first ŠKODA to offer a digital instrument cluster, allowing the displays on the dashboard to be individually programmed and presented. Another special feature is the Virtual Pedal. This ‘Simply Clever’ solution allows the tailgate to be opened with a simple foot movement under the rear bumper.

ŠKODA has been the official partner of the world’s largest cycling race for an impressive 14 years. The more than 250 ŠKODA organisation, escort and service vehicles cover a total of around 2.8 million kilometres during the 23-day tour.

The close relationship between the long-established Czech brand and cycling has historical roots. Before vehicle production began in 1905, company founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement had already been manufacturing bicycles. Today, cycling is a pillar of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy. As well as the Tour de France and the Spanish cycling tour ‘La Vuelta a España’, the Czech car manufacturer supports other international and national cycling races, as well as numerous popular sporting events.
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