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Posted: Mon, 18/06/2018 - 15:46

Volkswagen Group has been fined one billion Euros for cheating diesel emission tests after accepting responsibility for the “diesel crisis” before public prosecutors in Germany.

The fine - equivalent to £880 million - was imposed by the Braunschweig public prosecutor yesterday (June 13) and is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities against a company.

VW does not plan to appeal the ruling, which came after prosecutors established that the brand had sold more than 10.7 million cars between mid-2007 and 2015 which were fitted with an emissions test defeat device.

“Following thorough examination, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it,” Volkswagen Group said in a statement.

“Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step toward the latter being overcome.”

Volkswagen’s fine by German authorities follows a US 4.3 billion dollar plea agreement settled in the US, back in January, to resolve criminal and civil penalties associated with its diesel emissions cheating across the Atlantic.

In total, Volkswagen had set aside a sum of 30 billion dollars to cover fixing cars, buying back cars, clean air fines, penalties and compensation in the US, the BBC reported.

Reuters reported that Munich prosecutors had this week widened an emissions cheating probe into Audi to include chief executive Rupert Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and false advertising.

It said that VW chief executive, Herbert Diess, and the group’s chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch are also still being investigated by Braunschweig prosecutors for suspected market manipulation.

Poetsch, also chief executive of VW’s majority stakeholder Porsche SE (is separately being investigated by prosecutors in Stuttgart over the same suspicions, Reuters reported.  

Source - AM-ONLINE

Posted: Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:36

Volvo Cars has announced new financial and operational ambitions that will position the company as a leading player in the global automotive business by the middle of the next decade.

On the operational side, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars, one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars and half of all cars it offers to customers from its subscription service.

Volvo Cars expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of more than five million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring revenue. This will also offer the company far greater potential to develop connected and other services for customers.

‘Our customers’ expectations are changing rapidly. This means that Volvo Cars is also changing rapidly. These initiatives will help transform Volvo from being purely a car company to being a direct consumer services provider,’ said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

On the financial side, Volvo Cars aims to generate premium-level profitability in line with other premium car makers, driven by increased sales and revenues across all three global sales regions, and a broader range of cars, including sales to the new segment of autonomous ride-hailing companies.

The company’s improved financial performance will also be driven increasingly in the future by industrial synergies generated with its affiliated partner companies.

Volvo Cars expects to benefit from lower procurement costs, shared development costs and economies of scale alongside Polestar, and LYNK & CO, in which Volvo Cars owns a 30% stake.

Source - HERE

Posted: Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:15

Fun fact: 50% of candidates that we have interviewed or re-engaged with we have secured an interview for. Not bad

Posted: Tue, 29/05/2018 - 11:24

The first Mitsubishi new car sales store in the UK is due to open next month at Intu Lakeside shopping centre.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK says the new store provides customers with an additional way in which to engage with the Mitsubishi brand and purchase a new vehicle.

 

The car brand believes the development of the new store concept, which AM understands is the first of potentially 14 such outlets in the longer term, complements Mitsubishi Motors’ traditional dealer network and its Buy Online facility.

The store has been designed by retail design agency, Dalziel & Pow. It said fixtures and fittings have been chosen to reflect the bold, adventurous nature of the SUV-focused brand with the 1,281 sq ft of space split into experience zones.

The store also represents a further evolution in Mitsubishi Motors’ relationship with automotive retail specialists Rockar, with whom they have collaborated closely throughout the project. 

To read the full article and see images of the site click here AM-ONLINE

 

 

 

Posted: Fri, 11/05/2018 - 11:57

The Volkswagen Group has urged motorists to not use the rear-left seatbelt Polo’s and two Seat brands after Finnish magazine finds concerning faults.

The rear-left seatbelt in Volkswagen Polos as well as the Seat Ibiza and Arona have been found to have a potentially dangerous fault, originally reported by Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma.

 

Independent tests by the magazine, which were later confirmed by the manufacturer, found that when driven at speed and all three seat belts are in use, the rear left seatbelt can unexpectedly unfasten.

The Guardian reported that the VW Group said it was aware of the fault and advised owners not to use the middle seatbelt until a solution to the problem is found and a recall can be carried out.

A spokesperson from the Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg, Germany told The Guardian: “Based on the analysis made at our factory we have identified the seat belt issue that Tekniikan Maailma has found in the tests.

 

“At Volkswagen, safety remains a main priority and we immediately reacted to solve the issue. As a consequence, a feasible technical solution has been identified.

“Volkswagen is now waiting for the concerned authorities’ final validation in order to implement it, both on the customers’ cars and on the future series production.”

 

Article from AM-Online

Posted: Tue, 24/04/2018 - 13:05

Volkswagen reveals its fully-electric super sports car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak.

With 500 kW (680 hp), 650 Nm of torque and weighing less than 1,100 kg, the super sports car will take on the iconic Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado Springs, USA, in June 2018. The goal is to beat the existing record of 8:57.118 minutes for electric cars. To achieve this, the I.D. R Pikes Peak will race 0 to 100 km/h in 2.25 seconds, which is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars.

‘The car looks fantastic and has already been attracting a lot of interest from the media and on social media channels for a few weeks,’ said Jürgen Stackmann, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. ‘This project shows once again that Volkswagen is on the right track with its major E-mobility strategy and the introduction of the I.D. family. The I.D. R Pikes Peak and the start at the most iconic hill climb in the world offers Volkswagen the magnificent opportunity to charge the topic of E-mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective.’

The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines, generating a system capacity of 500 kW (680 hp). As in production vehicles with electric drive, lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system. Their power density is the crucial factor for the system when producing high voltage. Unlike in the manufacturing of production vehicles, the goal of the motorsport engineers was not maximum range, but the highest possible power output on the way to the Pikes Peak summit.

Roughly 20% of the electric energy required is generated during the 20-kilometre drive. The key here is energy recovery: when braking, the electric engines convert some of the braking energy into electricity and feed this into the battery.

With all of this new and exciting technology making it into vehicles, we are going to need highly skilled people to be able to fix them, mechanically and physically. We are already seeing a demand for EV training within Technicians and rightly so.

Posted: Mon, 23/04/2018 - 15:42

Stephen James BMW has opened the UK’s first ‘BMW Store’ at Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre - with product geniuses and a robot replacing sales executives.

Staffed by a team of eight product geniuses – and with a robot taking on part of the role usually filled by sales executives – the new facility will allow shoppers to take a test drive moments after booking a slot on an interactive touchscreen.

A “Click and Buy iPad wall”, meanwhile, is loaded with pre-configured specifications on a range of BMW vehicles, providing simple access to a wealth of information, and allowing users to progress through to ordering online.

A statement issued by BMW UK said that a robot would also be patrolling the store offering support to customers in place of a traditional sales executive. The statement said: “Pepper the Robot will be on hand to give visitors information about the store, receive customer feedback and even take contact information from customers wishing to continue with a vehicle purchase.”

BMW UK chief executive, Graeme Grieve, said technology-packed store format reflected the values of the BMW brand.

Alongside its high-tech approach, the Bluewater store will carry a rotating selection of three new models on site, beginning with the brand-new BMW X2 20d M Sport, the practical 218d Luxury Gran Tourer and the compact 118i 5-door, allowing customers to get fully hands-on with the BMW range.

Visitors can experience the buzz of scale-model motorsport by trying out the Scalextric track, while existing owners can take advantage of a free coffee in the Isetta Bar by showing their BMW vehicle key.

Posted: Wed, 18/04/2018 - 15:38

According to Reuters, Toyota Motor Corp plans to sell US vehicles that can communicate with one another using short-range wireless technology by 2021.

By the mid-2020s, Toyota plans to adopt the communications systems across all its vehicles in America and hopes other companies will follow its example.

Talking vehicles have been tried by US carmakers for more 10 years. The technology uses short-range communications to spread data up to 300 meters, including location, direction and speed, to nearby vehicles. The data is transmitted up to 10 times per second to close vehicles and can identify dangers and provide warnings to avoid accidents.

Posted: Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:40

According to Thatcham Research, the Volvo XC90 is the safest car ever tested, with zero recorded fatalities.

Since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person or passenger has been killed while in the vehicle.

One reason for the Volvo’s safety is that it was an early leader in the use of camera and radar systems to warn drivers about hazards on the road. These systems automatically bring the car to a stop if it gets too close to another vehicle.

Apart from its safety benefits, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) could also bring cheaper insurance premiums.

Using lasers, cameras or radar, the car will detect an impending collision, and give the driver a warning. If he or she doesn’t act, the car will brake automatically. Thatcham Research calls AEB the most significant development since the safety belt.

AEB has been shown to reduce such collisions by 38%, according to research by the safety organisation Euro NCAP. By cutting the number of accidents, it is possible that the cost of insuring a car with AEB could also come down.

Posted: Mon, 16/04/2018 - 11:49

Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric.

The first trucks in the new FL Electric range are entering regular operation with two customers in Gothenburg, with series production of the new model starting in Europe next year.

"We are immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports," said Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks.

The manufacturer is offering holistic solutions to suit the needs of individual customers with regards to range, load capacity and driving cycles.

The Volvo FL Electric has a GVW of 16-tonnes and its motor develops 425Nm of torque.

It can operate for a range of 185 miles on a full charge and can be recharged in one hour using a fast charger