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VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions

It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

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2018 VW T-Roc will be exclusive to Europe and China, not in the United States

Volkswagen recently revealed their first ever compact crossover, namely the T-Roc. This model goes right below the Tiguan in the company’s lineup, as its smallest subcompact ever. This model is like a hybrid of an SUV and a compact hatchback, and what we know is that it will be sold in Europe before the year ends. The CUV will make its first public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

When the T-Roc becomes available in Germany and the rest of Europe, customers will be able to choose from a number of engine options - for both gasoline and diesel. This includes a 1.0 liter, a 1.5 liter, and 2.0 liter TSI units, with 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts), 148 horsepower (110 kW), and 188 horsepower (140 kW), respectively. The first two can be had with six speed manual giving power to the front wheels, while a seven-speed dual clutch can be an option for the 1.5 liter unit. The 2.0, on the other hand can be paired with the dual-clutch box. For those who prefer driving a diesel, the T-Roc will be available in a 1.6 liter or a 2.0 liter TDI motor with the same output as the gasoline engines. For the T-Roc, entry-level models will be available in front-wheel drive, while larger engines can get an all-wheel drive option.

Initially, the company considered a plan to bring the model to the United States after the European release, but it seems like the company has changed their mind. Because now, reports say that the model will only be limited to Europe and China, and that piece of tidbit apparently came from VW insiders. This means that the United States will only be limited to the Tiguan if they want a compact model. But even with this statement, US fans should not lose hope at all, as there is still chance for a US-spec T-Roc, said Automobile Magazine. It is just a matter of when we will see one. Who knows, maybe the T-Roc’s future successor will head to North America.

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2018 VW Atlas kicks off first-month sales in US and the numbers are impressive

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

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VW aims to become e-mobility leader, sets goal to sell 1 million EVs annually by 2025

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand chief, revealed the VW's future plan for the next decade at the press conference in Volkswagen's "Markenhochhaus", the totally rebuilt brick tower at the Wolfsburg factory. Hoping to put the "Dieselgate" scandal behind them, the German automaker is planning a new vision for the company. The plan? Plain and simple, VW will put their efforts into manufacturing more SUVs and EVs. Now that's what we call a solid plan.

The aftermath of the Dieselgate is somehow still felt and the German automaker is making an effort to make us forget the TDI ever happened. Around November of 2016, VW disclosed that they will make the largest change process in VW's history and is now announcing that they are seeking to become the world's leading automotive market when it comes to e-mobility.

This is a strong statement coming from the German company, and VW has a 20/20 vision on how they will execute their plan- by selling no less than 1 million electric cars every year by 2025. This plan will ensue in 2020, when the VW's first ever electric vehicle from the I.D. range will be released to the public. Three more vehicles will join the line-up in the next 5 years, following the Zwickau-produced unit.

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When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled its Chinese version – the VW Teramont. Essentially, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China. But now, it seems VW is seriously considering selling the new SUV in some markets in Europe.

To note, the German carmaker has already disclosed it would sell the Atlas – powered by a diesel engine -- in Russia, confident that this SUV would be popular in the country. However, selling the Atlas in other parts of Europe is another thing. Before doing so, VW has to carefully study first if bringing the Atlas to European markets is worth it. Elmar-Marius Licharz, the chief for full-size product lines at VW, told Autocar that the smaller Touareg SUV might be a better product offering for most of the markets in Europe because of its size.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it much larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the company to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages. Because of its large size, there is a need to determine first if there would be any demand for the Touareg in certain markets in Europe.

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Last month, Volkswagen reported that its sales in the US tumbled 15 percent, posting its third consecutive monthly decline. Audi, on the other hand, posted its 61st consecutive monthly sales record in the US. Volkswagen suffered heavily as January sales plunged to 20,079 units, its weakest month over the last five years.

The company continues to battle with the recent emission scandals as an earlier plan was recently rejected by the California Air Resources Board. Its 2016 diesels remain grounded. Volkswagen America Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark McNabb referred to the recent sales report as "the seasonal nature of the fleet business.”

According to McNaab, the retail business of Volkswagen dealers surged last month despite the winter storm that affected the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic during the said period. However, Volkswagen refused to disclose a breakdown between retail and fleet. Fleet sales, accordingly, plunged significantly.

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Regardless of what you think of parent company Volkswagen, after a long year of trouble and controversy regarding their diesel lineup of cars, there is little doubt that Audi has a leading edge on the luxury lineup of vehicles they produce.

Having just completed a market-leading year even with 60% of its product portfolio set to be overhauled in the next year to 2 years and after having reached their 200,000 vehicle market segment sales goals ahead of their own scheduling, Audi is poised for an even greater increase in sales worldwide in 2016.

With the new redesign of the Q7 crossover in markets now, the all new A4 sedan and R8 supercar coming this spring, and the heralded arrival of the new A4 version of the Allroad platform just in time for flakes to fly in much of the northern hemisphere, Audi should be well on the road to a strong 2016 performance.

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Volkswagen brand posted a 5.3-percent year-on-year drop in global deliveries in October 2015 to just 490,000 vehicles. Likewise, the brand logged a 4.7-percent year-on-year drop in global deliveries in the first 10 months of 2015 to 4.84 million cars.

VW brand sales chief Juergen Stackmann, in a statement, attributed the descent to tense situations on world markets. Stackmann also attributed the decline to a slowdown in demand in Russia and Brazil. VW is currently reeling from the effects of allegations of emissions manipulation.

Additionally, the brand’s sales in China failed to grow as much as the auto industry. China accounts for nearly half of VW’s sales of cars and light trucks. On the other hand, the entire VW Group posted a 3.5-percent year-on-year drop in global deliveries in October to 831,300 vehicles.

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Volkswagen Group has agreed with its dealers in China, vowing to continue setting reasonable sales goals to make sure that its distribution network remains financially sound. The China Association of Automobile Dealers announced Jan. 23 that VW and its retailers had found ways to "actively cope” with tough market conditions in the country.

VW is one of the carmakers that local dealers have approached to request financial support and lower sales targets. These dealers have found their profits hurt by rapid expansion of sales networks as well as tightening car ownership restrictions set by Chinese cities.

Earlier this month, a dealer criticized Renault for setting high sales targets and forcing retailers to buy more cars than they could sell – leading to price cuts and heavy losses.

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Its official! Toyota Motor Corp. remains the largest carmaker in the world, after outselling closest rival Volkswagen AG in calendar year 2014. Toyota’s overall sales last year, including that of its Daihatsu and Hino units, surged 3 percent to 10.23 vehicles in calendar year 2014. Volkswagen, meanwhile, sold 10.14 million.

This marks that first time that Toyota and Volkswagen topped 10 million in vehicle sales. General Motors Co., which used to be the largest a few years ago, was at third after jumping 2 percent to 9.92 million vehicles.

Toyota, however, is expecting a decline in global sales this calendar year as it sees slower demand in Japan and emerging markets, opening a door of opportunity for VW to overtake the Japanese carmaker as early as 2015.

Read the entire article Toyota staves off VW challenge to retain global sales crown in 2014

Volkswagen Group posted just a 1-percent jump in global sales in November to 834,800 vehicles, no thanks to a slump in Russia and Brazil. Despite that, Christian Klingler, VW Group's sales chief, remarked that the carmaker will still be able to achieve its full-year target of 10 million deliveries. For the first 11 months of 2014, VW Group sold 5 percent more vehicles to 9.08 million units.

The carmaker remains confident of surpassing its sales in 2013, pegged at 9.7 million VW, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche, Audi and Bentley vehicles. The carmaker logged a strong sales performance in the first 11 months of 2014 in western Europe, growing 8 percent to 1.83 million, with deliveries in Germany surging 5 percent to 1.12 million.

The group, however, grew only 1 percent during the period in central and eastern Europe to 590,000, with sales in Russia dropping 13 percent to 240,700 units. VW Group experienced better fortunes in China, logging a 13-percent gain in sales in the January-November period to 3.34 million.

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The 500,000th car that Volkswagen Group UK has sold this year is a SEAT Ibiza, as handed over by Bristol Street Motors SEAT Birmingham to a local, Nathan Thomas-Robinson. An owner of an older Ibiza, Thomas-Robinson opted for a SEAT Ibiza SC FR 1.2 TSI 105PS in Phantom Black. Days earlier, his girlfriend acquired an Ibiza SE in white.

Present at the handover ceremony of the 500,000th car were Peter Jones, Vertu’s Non-Executive Chairman and Stuart Smith, the site’s General Manager. Thomas-Robinson’s his girlfriend, meanwhile, was handed over a bouquet of flowers for his girlfriend and a bottle of Spanish cava.

Thomas-Robinson remarked that when he tested drove a five-door version with the same engine, he felt “a real pull.” He added that the Ibiza is “great inside and out, with a real feel of quality.”

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Volkswagen brand saw its global sales drop 4 percent in November to 508,400 vehicles, as the passenger brand suffered from lower demand in Eastern Europe and Latin America and from the model change to a new-generation Passat. The decline in November marked fourth consecutive month of little or no volume growth at Volkswagen after the brand posted an almost flat growth in August and September and a 0.4-percent slide in October.

VW sales chief Christian Klingler remarked in a statement that he expects “challenging developments” on markets around the world to continue for the rest of this year, noting that the brand "was not entirely immune to their impact." Klingler admitted that the Passat model change affected sales of the VW brand.

VW has just commenced selling a new European version of the Passat. The model change has made customers wait for the next-generation Passat instead of buying the current version. Likewise, demand for a new volume model has tendency to start slow and build gradually.

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Volkswagen Group posted a 3-percent surge in sales in October 2014 to 842,700, as boosted by increases in western Europe and China that allowed the group to offset slumping demand in the United States and South America.

The October surge allowed the group to post a 5-percent jump in deliveries in the first 10 months of 2014 to 8.24 million vehicles. Christian Klingler, VW Group's sales chief, said in a statement that the group has outpaced the overall market in the first 10 months of the year.

He added that the growth comes despite challenging market situation in some regions. The group managed to grow 8 percent in western Europe in the first 10 months of 2014 to 1.68 million. Sales in home country Germany soared 6 percent to 1.02 million units.

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Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 2.6-percent more vehicles in the first 10 months of 2014 to 5.08 million units. This was achieved despite a slight drop in deliveries (-0.4 percent) to 517,400 units in October, when conditions in some markets were uncertain, according to Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

He disclosed that thanks to developments in Western Europe, the company is on pace to deliver more than six million vehicles for the first time this year. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 2.7 percent more vehicles in Europe in the first 10 months of the year to 1.40 million vehicles.

Around 719,500 of those vehicles were delivered to customers in in Western Europe (excluding Germany) for a 5.5-percent growth. In Germany, the company saw a 4.2-percent jump in deliveries in the January-October period to 483,500 units. Volkswagen Passenger Cars, however, saw its deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe drop 9 percent to 200,500 units in the 10-month period.

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Volkswagen Group managed to trim down the sales of Toyota Motor Corp. in the first nine months of 2014, which means that the battle for the crown as the No. 1 carmaker in the world will be a hard one in the last quarter of the year. According to calculations by Bloomberg News based on company announcements, VW Group has managed to cut Toyota’s lead to just around 72,000 vehicles, compared with 227,000 a year earlier.

Volkswagen’s total deliveries jumped 5 percent in the first nine months of 2014 to around 7.54 million cars and trucks. On the other hand, Toyota's overall deliveries rose 2.8 percent in the same period to 7.62 million vehicles. The two carmakers are both benefitting from different markets: China for Volkswagen and the United States for Toyota.

Both carmakers are expecting to sell over 10 million vehicles this year. Sascha Gommel, an analyst at Commerzbank AG, told Bloomberg by phone that it is a “close call” on which carmaker will come up on top. He noted that the final ranking will depend on which market -- China or the US -- “softens first."

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Volkswagen brand posted a 4-percent surge in global sales in July to 491,600 units as it saw climbs in deliveries in western Europe and China more than offset sales drops in the United States and Brazil. The German brand also posted a 4-percent leap in global sales in the first seven-months of 2014 to 3.56 million vehicles.

The passenger vehicle brand saw its sales in western Europe surge by 2 percent in July to 65,900 vehicles VW brand also saw its seven-month sales in the region hike by 5 percent to 517,2000. The brand posted better growth in China, gaining 11 percent to 210,000 vehicles in July and 18 percent to 1.6 million in the first seven months of 2014.

In the US, however, VW suffered from a slump, dropping 15 percent in July to 30,600 units. It also decline 14 percent in the first seven months of the year to 209,700 vehicles.

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So far this year, Toyota Motor Corp. remains the largest carmaker in the world in terms of sales. But at the rate Volkswagen AG is growing, Toyota’s reign is seriously being threatened. Toyota recently announced that it posted a 3.8-percent surge in global sales in the first six months of 2014 to 5.097 million vehicles – a new record for the Japanese carmaker.

The Volkswagen group, meanwhile, grew 5.9 percent in the period to 4.97 million vehicles – the figure still excluding figures from truck makers Scania and MAN that will be published on July 31. Once all numbers are counted, VW may have already equaled or surpassed Toyota.

According to IHS Automotive, Volkswagen’s overall sales in the first half of 2014 could reach 5.07 million units. IHS had estimated Toyota to sell 4.83 million vehicles in the period. At third is erstwhile global leader General Motors, selling around 4.92 million units in the January-June period.

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Volkswagen bested General Motors in China in the first half of the year, after growing 18 percent to over 1.8 million vehicles. VW's sales in China include Hong Kong. GM posted an 11-percent gain in China in the same period to 1.73 million units. VW surpassed GM last year as the largest foreign carmaker in the country, outselling the US carmaker for the first time in nine years.

China is considered as the key to which carmaker will come out as the largest carmaker in the world between VW, GM and Toyota. To capture more customers in China within a decade, VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn disclosed that the carmaker will build two more facilities in the country, bringing its total investment to over EUR20 billion ($27 billion).

The plants, via China FAW Group, will be located in Tianjin and Qingdao and will build compact cars. Jochen Siebert, managing director of researcher JSC Automotive Consulting, remarked that VW gaining market share since its offerings are hitting the “market right at the bull's-eye," adding that “GM is not able to match that."

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Volkswagen Group posted a 4-percent jump in sales in June to 859,400, boosted by recovering demand in Europe and strong performance in China. The carmaker also logged a 6-percent climb in sales in the first half of 2014 to 4.97 million vehicles, thanks to strong gains at its VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands.

Christian Klingler, VW's sales chief, said in a statement that the group is going to the second half of 2014 with confidence, well aware of the tasks that lie ahead. He, however, noted that the situation in some world markets remained "tense."

The group posted a 6-percent rise in sales in Europe in the first half of 2014 to 1.99 million vehicles. VW also surged 8 percent in western Europe to 1.05 million units in the period, growing 5 percent in Germany to 613,200 units.

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