UPDATE 1-Volkswagen om autonome voertuigen te testen in de Chinese stad Hefei – Reuters

UPDATE 1-Volkswagen om autonome voertuigen te testen in de Chinese stad Hefei – Reuters

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a car parked on a street in Paris, France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – Volkswagen AGVOWG_p.DEsaid on Wednesday it will start testing autonomous vehicles in China’s eastern city of Hefei, its first in the world’s biggest car market.

China has become a hot spot for trying out autonomous driving vehicles. Toyota-backed7203.TPony.ai, Baidu IncBIDU.O, Nissan-backed7201.TWeRide and Didi Chuxing are all testing autonomous cars in different cities as automakers and tech companies are investing billions in the technology.

Volkswagen, the biggest foreign automaker in China, will start the test in Hefei with Audi’s e-tron electric sport utility vehicles from September, it said in a statement. The test will be open to the public from next year.

In May, Volkswagen said it would invest 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) to take a 50% stake in the state-owned parent of Chinese electronic vehicle group JAC. Volkswagen will also take full management control of its existing electric vehicle joint venture with JAC in Hefei by raising its stake to 75% from 50%.

Volkswagen also has ventures with state-owned China FAW Group Corp Ltd [SASACJ.UL] and SAIC Motor Corp Ltd600104.SS.

The German car company sold 1.59 million vehicles in China in the first six months of 2020, down 17% from 1.92 million vehicles in the same period last year. For all of 2019, Volkswagen sold around 4.23 million vehicles in the country.

In June Volkswagen closed its $2.6 billion investment in Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup Argo AI, in which Ford Motor CoF.Nalso has a stake.

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Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; editing by David Evans and Jane Merriman

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Navistar verwerpt het uitkoopbod van Traton, noemt het uitgangspunt – Reuters India

Navistar verwerpt het uitkoopbod van Traton, noemt het uitgangspunt – Reuters India

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a car parked on a street in Paris, France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

(Reuters) – Navistar International Corp on Monday rejected Volkswagen truck unit Traton’s buyout offer of $43 per share, but said it was a starting point for exploring a possible transaction.

The German automaker has raised its $35 per share January offer as it looks to increase its 16.6% stake in the U.S. truck maker Navistar acquired in 2016. Analysts at Jefferies have said Navistar is worth at least $45 a share.

The company said Traton’s proposal significantly undervalues it.

The truck sector faces pressure to consolidate and share the costs of developing low-emission technologies. Traton and Navistar have been collaborating on purchasing and developing electric vehicle technology.

Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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Volkswagen laat de dealer in Mexico City vallen die een nazi-poster vertoonde – Reuters

Volkswagen laat de dealer in Mexico City vallen die een nazi-poster vertoonde – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – German carmaker VolkswagenVOWG_p.DEsaid late Monday it had severed ties with a distributor in Mexico City after a Twitter user posted photographs taken at the business showing a wall decorated with an image of a Nazi celebration of the Beetle car.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a car parked on a street in Paris, France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In a statement, Volkswagen’s Mexico unit condemned the images from the salesroom in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacan and stressed its commitment to upholding human dignity.

“We strongly disapprove of (the distributor) showing those images at its facilities, which showed a regime that emphasized hatred and discrimination at a point in history that has fortunately been left behind,” Volkswagen said.

The dealership could not immediately be reached for comment.

Initially founded in the 1930s on orders by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to build the “people’s car”, Volkswagen employed forced laborers for the German military effort in World War Two.

The Wolfsburg-based firm’s decision on the Mexican distributor came after photos of the wall decoration depicting the Nazi event, which prominently featured swastika symbols alongside an early Beetle, circulated on social media.

Soon after, a prominent Jewish human rights organization urged Volkswagen to end its relationship with the business.

“The most appropriate (thing) would be to drop the concession completely, in order to pass a clear message to your customers that you have learned from your history,” the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said in a letter to Volkswagen Mexico.

“German cars in Mexico are unacceptable if they come with the swastika,” the group said.

Volkswagen in May withdrew an advertisement that was criticized for featuring a “white power” gesture.

Reporting by Dave Graham and Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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De volledig elektrische ID.4 van VW gebruikt binnenverlichting om met de bestuurder te communiceren

De volledig elektrische ID.4 van VW gebruikt binnenverlichting om met de bestuurder te communiceren

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UPDATE 1-Volkswagen Mexico bereikt akkoord met vakbond over nieuw collectief contract – Reuters

UPDATE 1-Volkswagen Mexico bereikt akkoord met vakbond over nieuw collectief contract – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s Mexico unit has agreed an increase in worker pay and benefits of 5.46%, the local union for the German automakerVOWG_p.DEsaid on Tuesday, after the company froze worker salaries in Germany this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Manuel Aburto, spokesman for the Independent Union of Automotive Industry Workers (SITIAVW), said the deal for a new 2020-21 collective contract comprised a salary hike of 3.62% and a rise in “benefits” of 1.84%. He declined to specify the kind of benefits the deal applied to.

The 3.62% increase is in line with the annual rate of inflation recorded in Mexico in July. Workers have struggled to achieve pay rises since the pandemic took hold in late February, battering the economy.

Volkswagen’s union members in the central state of Puebla, where Volkswagen runs one of the country’s largest auto plants, had sought a 12% wage increase and threatened to strike over the demands by Aug. 18.

The plant, which as of May had 11,364 workers, including administrative and technical staff, makes the Tiguan, Jetta and Golf models for sale in the United States, Mexico and other markets.

“It is a feat given these difficult times, including the pandemic and the work situation,” Aburto said, adding that more details would be provided.

The new deal, which came after more than three weeks of negotiations, went into effect at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday, Volkswagen Mexico said in a statement.

Volkswagen said in April that it had agreed with German metalworkers’ union IG Metall to keep its prior wage agreement in place until December without pay rises.

Reporting by Sharay Angulo, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon, Editing by Nick Zieminski, Paul Simao and Richard Pullin

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VW start met de productie van zijn volledig elektrische SUV, de ID. 4

VW start met de productie van zijn volledig elektrische SUV, de ID. 4

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Lucid beweert de tot nu toe snelstladende EV te hebben gemaakt

Lucid beweert de tot nu toe snelstladende EV te hebben gemaakt

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Luckily, Lucid is teaming up with Volkswagen subsidiary,Electrify Americato offer, “three years of complimentary charging,” perthe release, at any of Electrify America’s 2,000-plus stations. Electrify America has been busy expanding its selection of 150kW to 350kW stations throughout the US. Air owners will be able to navigate between these stations along preplanned routes to ensure that they never find themselves stranded on the side of the road with nary an outlet in sight.

Lucid also announced that it is developing a novel home charging station unsurprisingly named the Lucid Connected Home Charging Station. While virtually all of today’s home charging boxes only have current flowing from the grid to the car, the LCHCS is bi-directional, meaning that you’ll be able to use the Air as a mobile battery in the event of an electrical outage and run household appliances off energy stored within the vehicle’s power cells.

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Het merk VW zet nieuwe aanwervingen tot eind 2020 stop – Reuters

Het merk VW zet nieuwe aanwervingen tot eind 2020 stop – Reuters

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a car parked on a street in Paris, France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has stopped hiring new staff at its core brand until year end, VW’s brand’s chief said on Wednesday.

Despite a slight recovery in demand, car sales remain below levels seen before the coronavirus crisis, Ralf Brandstaetter said in an interview published in an internal VW newsletter, which was seen by Reuters.

“We remain under substantial cost pressure. Deliveries and therefore revenue have dropped sharply. At the same time a large amount of costs remain. This is why we have decided not to add new people,” Brandstaetter said.

Volkswagen’s job guarantee for German employees until 2029 remains in place, he said.

The company’s works council chief Bernd Osterloh said that without external hiring, VW needs to do more to retrain existing staff.     

In an interview with the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, Osterloh said he expected production at the plant in Wolfsburg this year to drop to around 500,000 cars, instead of 700,000 which had been planned.

Osterloh furthermore told the paper he would stand for re-election as head of the company’s powerful works council, if labor representatives and workers supported the move.

Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is currently unable to produce 3,000 cars a day, because it has cut down to a two shift system, Osterloh told another local paper, the Wolfsburger Nachrichten.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by

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Volkswagen-merk zet nieuwe aanwervingen stop tot eind 2020 – Reuters UK

Volkswagen-merk zet nieuwe aanwervingen stop tot eind 2020 – Reuters UK

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FILE PHOTO: A worker wears a protective mask at the Volkswagen assembly line after VW restarts Europe’s largest car factory after coronavirus shutdown in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 27, 2020, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen has stopped hiring new staff at its core brand until year end, VW’s brand’s chief said on Wednesday.

Despite a slight recovery in demand, car sales remain below levels seen before the coronavirus crisis, Ralf Brandstaetter said in an interview published in an internal VW newsletter, which was seen by Reuters.

    “We remain under substantial cost pressure. Deliveries and therefore revenue have dropped sharply. At the same time a large amount of costs remain. This is why we have decided not to add new people,” Brandstaetter said.

Volkswagen’s job guarantee for German employees until 2029 remains in place, he said.

The company’s works council chief Bernd Osterloh said that without external hiring, VW needs to do more to retrain existing staff.     

    In an interview with the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, Osterloh said he expected production at the plant in Wolfsburg this year to drop to around 500,000 cars, instead of 700,000 which had been planned.

Osterloh furthermore told the paper he would stand for re-election as head of the company’s powerful works council, if labour representatives and workers supported the move.

Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is currently unable to produce 3,000 cars a day, because it has cut down to a two shift system, Osterloh told another local paper, the Wolfsburger Nachrichten.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by

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Volkswagen's ID 4 kwam tot uiting in gelekte afbeeldingen

Volkswagen's ID 4 kwam tot uiting in gelekte afbeeldingen

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Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV, the ID 4, has broken cover thanks to leaked images from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that were picked up bya VW fan forum.

The ID 4 — which was previously known as the ID Crozz when it was still a concept — is the first vehicle from VW’s forthcoming ID lineup of electric vehicles that will be sold in the US. The ID 4 will also be sold in China and Europe. The German automaker is said to be planning a full reveal of the ID 4 sometime later this summer. It’s expected to get around 300 miles of range on a full charge and is built on the same modular EV platform that will power VW’s other ID vehicles.

The photos published on Wednesday only show the exterior of the vehicle, and it shares some of the same design language as the ID 3 — the hatchback EV that VW is starting to roll out in Europe — as well as the other ID vehicles that we’ve seen in concept form. Its headlights resemble the ones found on the ID 3, and the front grille shares a similar cheese grater aesthetic to the wagon concept VWunveiled at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

The ID 4’s styling has a modern feel to it, as it’s far curvier than VW’s workhorse SUVs like the Tiguan or the Atlas. But there’s nothing that really screams “EV” about the design. It lacks the bright blue accents and spaceship looks that some other automakers have refused to move beyond despite electric vehicles becoming more commonplace.

One thing that does stand out is that, despite VW focusing on the “ID 4” branding for months now, one variant of the vehicle does feature embossed “Crozz” lettering on its rear bumper, meaning the company may not be completely done with that branding. We’ll have to wait for the full reveal to find out.

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