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Audi increases electric budget to 15 billion euros

Audi increases electric budget to 15 billion euros

Following in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Group, the Audi brand has now also approved its investment planning round for 2021 to 2025, which provides for a total of around €35 billion, in particular for future vehicle projects.

VW acquires majority in China joint venture with JAC

VW acquires majority in China joint venture with JAC

VW has taken a majority stake of 75 percent and thus management control over the joint venture with JAC and immediately renamed the company from JAC Volkswagen to Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive Company Limited. The name of Anhui Province appears in the company name for a reason: an eMobility hub is to be built there.

VW ID.4 - the electric interpretation of the Tiguan theme

VW ID.4 - the electric interpretation of the Tiguan theme

Much has been written about the VW ID.4, now we can finally report on the driving experience behind the wheel of the E-SUV. Christoph M. Schwarzer has driven Volkswagen's "world car". The new one should have better market prospects than the ID.3, not only because SUVs are popular worldwide, but also because it surpasses the ID.3 in terms of quality feel.

VW ID.3 with more DC charging power and range in the future?

VW ID.3 with more DC charging power and range in the future?

The VW ID.3 will get some upgrades next year, according to a British media report. Charging power will be increased to 130 kW towards the middle of 2021 and to 170 kW by the end of 2021. There are also plans for a modest range increase by the end of next year.

Volkswagen opens ID.4 configurator

Volkswagen opens ID.4 configurator

VW has opened the configurator for the ID.4 in Germany. The E-SUV starts with a 77 kWh battery and a 150 kW electric motor in the rear at gross list prices starting at 44,450 euros. Deliveries of the all-electric SUV model are scheduled to begin in the first quarter.

VW electric flagship to be called Trinity

VW electric flagship to be called Trinity

The VW brand's new electric flagship, which was announced in December and will be produced at the company's main plant in Wolfsburg, will be called the Trinity and will start rolling off the production line in 2026, VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter has now revealed.

ZF supplies the brake control system for the MEB

ZF supplies the brake control system for the MEB

Gradually, other important suppliers for Volkswagen's MEB are becoming known. In the ID.3 and ID.4 as well as in the other MEB models, a brake control system by ZF is installed. This system also controls the recovery of braking energy.

Series production of the ID.3 started in the Transparent Factory

Series production of the ID.3 started in the Transparent Factory

The Transparent Factory in Dresden has started series production of the ID.3, making it the second production site for the electric model after Zwickau. However, the number of units produced by the Dresden MEB factory is manageable.

Cologne to be fixed as production site of Ford's MEB Stromer

Cologne to be fixed as production site of Ford's MEB Stromer

Ford has apparently decided to build its first all-electric small car at the Fiesta plant in Cologne, Germany, and the U.S. automaker is also moving away from planned hybrid cars in favor of electric models, according to a media report citing insiders.

VW: Pre-series production of the ID.5 started

VW: Pre-series production of the ID.5 started

It has been an open secret for some time that VW would soon be launching a coupe offshoot of the ID.4, the ID.5, following the ID.3 and VW ID.4. Now VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter has confirmed that the coupe SUV, which will also be built in Zwickau, will be launched in H2 2021.

Seat announces Cupra Born for the second half of the year

Seat announces Cupra Born for the second half of the year

As part of a strategy presentation, the Seat brand Cupra has now shown the production version of the electric model based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, which was first presented in 2019 as el-Born. The car is scheduled to go into production in Zwickau in the second half of 2021.

VW plans third shift in Zwickau

VW plans third shift in Zwickau

Volkswagen plans to introduce a third shift at its MEB plant in Zwickau starting in mid-April, which will allow it to build around 1,400 vehicles per day starting in the summer - it currently builds around 800 e-cars. Volkswagen Saxony is also getting a new boss.

UBS analysis: Volkswagen's MEB "fully competitive" with Tesla

UBS analysis: Volkswagen's MEB "fully competitive" with Tesla

UBS analysts dissected a VW ID.3 and analyzed that the MEB platform is "fully competitive" with Tesla in terms of cost, with VW achieving "world-class energy density, efficiency and scalability," but Tesla comes out on top when it comes to the battery and its cost.

VW: 70 percent pure e-cars by 2030 in Europe

VW: 70 percent pure e-cars by 2030 in Europe

The Volkswagen brand has presented its new strategy " ACCELERATE" and wants to accelerate its electric plans in this context. VW also mentions concrete model plans - only with the E-small car the Wolfsburgers do not go into detail yet.

Audi reveals details of the interior of the Q4 e-tron

Audi reveals details of the interior of the Q4 e-tron

Audi has released extensive details about the interior of the production version of the Q4 e-tron. The compact e-SUV, which will be built in Zwickau, follows the large e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUV models as well as the sporty e-tron GT.

VW: ID.4 to be delivered to customers before the end of March

VW: ID.4 to be delivered to customers before the end of March

VW will start customer deliveries of the ID.4 this month. The first ID.4s will be handed over to customers in many European markets before the end of March. In Germany, deliveries will start on March 26.

Series production of the Audi Q4 e-tron started

Series production of the Audi Q4 e-tron started

Audi has started production of the Audi Q4 e-tron at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant. The uncloaked production model is scheduled to be unveiled in mid-April, with deliveries in European markets starting in summer 2021.

More hints that the VW ID.3 will soon make its China debut

More hints that the VW ID.3 will soon make its China debut

Volkswagen partner SAIC is also reportedly looking to produce and sell the VW ID.3 in China. According to a Chinese media report, the model is set to hit the Chinese market later this year. In addition, there are now more details on the VW ID.6, which is set to launch in China in April.

VW ID.4 achieves 418 kilometres EPA range

VW ID.4 achieves 418 kilometres EPA range

The VW ID.4 has received its range ratings from the EPA in the U.S. According to the report, the current base version ID.4 Pro with rear-wheel drive and 82-kWh battery pack is rated at 260 miles (418 kilometers), which is 10 miles (16 kilometers) more than the ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition variants.

Audi launches the Q4 e-tron with three drive variants

Audi launches the Q4 e-tron with three drive variants

Audi has unveiled its first two MEB models, the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. The e-SUV and e-SUV coupe are intended to be "the entry into the electric world at Audi," according to Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, with prices starting at €41,900.

Audi Q4 e-tron: prime example of technical aesthetics

Audi Q4 e-tron: prime example of technical aesthetics

Audi is creating a new entry-level model for those who are flirting with an electric all-rounder: The Q4 e-tron is the battery-electric alternative to the conventional Audi Q5. It is also the third compact SUV based on the MEB after the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. Just one day after the model's unveiling, you can read the driving report here.

VW ID.6: Large electric SUV for China

VW ID.6: Large electric SUV for China

VW has now presented the ID.6 for the Chinese market at Auto Shanghai, the third model in the ID. family. The all-electric family SUV based on MEB with space for up to seven passengers is available - like the ID.4 - in two versions.

VW presents ID.4 GTX with all-wheel drive

VW presents ID.4 GTX with all-wheel drive

Volkswagen has presented the first all-wheel drive model of the ID. family. However, the technical data of the ID.4 GTX are not new - the price of 50,415 euros before promotion, however, is. In the summer, the sporty GTX model should be on the market.

VW: MEB conversion in Emden on schedule

VW: MEB conversion in Emden on schedule

VW has provided an update on the conversion of its Emden plant to produce MEB electric cars, which began in July 2020. Following the ID.4, VW has now confirmed the other models for Emden - including an electric station wagon. Meanwhile, a new XL press has gone into operation in Zwickau.

Cupra Born: Production start in September

Cupra Born: Production start in September

Seat has now unveiled the production version of the Cupra Born. The electric car based on the Group's MEB platform will go into production at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant from September this year, although the technical specifications differ slightly from the familiar MEB models.

Volkswagen "imassively" realigns e-roadmap for USA

Volkswagen "imassively" realigns e-roadmap for USA

Volkswagen plans to "massively realign" its electric car plans for the U.S. in response to the new U.S. President Joe Biden's eMobility-friendly course, Thomas Ulbrich, VW brand board member for development, announced to media representatives in Munich now.

Facelift of the Audi e-tron to include technology updates

Facelift of the Audi e-tron to include technology updates

Audi's e-tron and e-tron Sportback electric models are set to receive a facelift in the second half of 2022, including some technical upgrades, including a new generation of batteries that will increase the range in both models to more than 600 kilometers, according to a media report.

Is VW planning an ID.8?

Is VW planning an ID.8?

VW has mentioned an ID.8 for the first time. In a speech manuscript published by Herbert Diess on LinkedIn about the new group strategy, the ID.8 model designation for a large electric SUV in the format of the VW Atlas offered in North America is found for the first time on page 10.

Will VW bring the ID. buzz in three variants?

Will VW bring the ID. buzz in three variants?

Volkswagen could launch the production version of the ID. Buzz in three different variants, according to a media report, with regional differences.

Two further variants of the Audi Q4 e-tron available to order

Two further variants of the Audi Q4 e-tron available to order

Following the sales debut of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron in April, two further variants have now been added to the portfolio: the Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron, the model with the longest range in the series, and the Q4 45 e-tron quattro as an all-wheel-drive variant are now available to order.

MEB entry-level models from Volkswagen from 2024?

MEB entry-level models from Volkswagen from 2024?

According to a media report, Volkswagen could launch its first MEB small cars on the market in 2024 - in contrast to previous assumptions, however, it will not be a Seat or VW but a small car from Skoda that will make the start.

VW confirms market launch of the ID.3 in China

VW confirms market launch of the ID.3 in China

Volkswagen will produce and sell its ID.3 electric model in China in the future. The China ID.3 will be produced by SAIC-VW together with the ID.4 X and ID.6 X in Anting and will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

Cupra shows study of sporty e-small car

Cupra shows study of sporty e-small car

With the "UrbanRebel Concept", the Seat brand Cupra has shown its idea of a sporty e-small car. The concept car at the IAA Mobility is a design study, which should give a preview of the "urban electric vehicle" that is to be launched in 2025.

Start of ordering for Cupra Born

Start of ordering for Cupra Born

Seat's Cupra brand has opened the order books for its first MEB Stromer, Born. In Germany, the compact car starts at €37,220, giving it a price of €27,650 after deducting the environmental bonus.

Skoda Enyaq iV Coupé arrives in early 2022

Skoda Enyaq iV Coupé arrives in early 2022

With just a few months to go before it goes on sale, Skoda has revealed more details about the Enyaq iV Coupe, although the SUV coupe of the popular MEB Stromer will only be launched in three of its SUV brother's five powertrain variants.

Volkswagen ID. Life: How the MEB small car comes to be

Volkswagen ID. Life: How the MEB small car comes to be

Volkswagen presented the ID. Life show car at the IAA Mobility. The production version - then probably as ID.1 - will look different from the study based on the Golf I. But there are already real technical data.

VW starts over-the-air updates for all ID. models with immediate effect

VW starts over-the-air updates for all ID. models with immediate effect

From now on, all ID. models from VW will receive regular software updates via mobile radio. The first update "ID. Software 2.3" provides, among other things, improvements in the image recognition of the camera or the operation of the infotainment system.

Alveri creates e-combi based on a third-party platform

Alveri creates e-combi based on a third-party platform

Upper Austrian eMobility startup Alveri is planning to launch an all-electric station wagon or shooting brake in 2023. The model, of which only renderings are currently available, is to be based on a third-party platform and will initially be unveiled as a prototype next year.

Will VW import the ID.6 to Europe?

Will VW import the ID.6 to Europe?

VW could sell its seven-seat ID.6. electric SUV, which is produced in China for the market there, in Europe in the future. According to a media report, however, the MEB model will not be built in Europe - but will be imported from China to Europe for the first time.

Artemis production in Hanover probably on the test bench

Artemis production in Hanover probably on the test bench

The contract to build the Artemis models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley at VW Commercial Vehicles' Hanover plant was seen as a major success for the future of the plant, but according to a media report, two of the three brands now want changes.

VW unveils ID.5 and ID.5 GTX

VW unveils ID.5 and ID.5 GTX

Volkswagen has unveiled the coupe version of its ID.4 electric SUV. The ID.5 comes with rear- and all-wheel drive, but exclusively with the large 77-kWh battery. Thanks to the more aerodynamic roof design, the range increases - at least somewhat.

VW: ID.4 pre-series started in Emden

VW: ID.4 pre-series started in Emden

According to VW, the conversion of the Emden site into Lower Saxony's first plant for electric cars is in the home stretch. The first pre-series vehicles of the ID.4 are already being produced in the body shop, paint shop and, soon, in assembly. Volume production is scheduled to begin in spring 2022.

VW apparently plans new electric plant near Wolfsburg

VW apparently plans new electric plant near Wolfsburg

Volkswagen may build a completely new factory in Wolfsburg for its next generation of electric cars (Project "Trinity"). The source for this is none other than VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter. A decision is expected to be made in December.

Audi shows Q5 e-tron - only for China

Audi shows Q5 e-tron - only for China

Audi has unveiled the production version of the all-electric Q5 e-tron for the Chinese market at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The electric SUV is based on the MEB and is built by the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture.

Audi may be considering second plant for Q4 e-tron

Audi may be considering second plant for Q4 e-tron

According to a media report, Audi also wants to build its Q4 e-tron electric SUV produced in Zwickau in Brussels from November 2022 due to high demand. The final decision is to be made by the VW planning round on December 9.

Is VW building an E-Cabrio in Osnabrück?

Is VW building an E-Cabrio in Osnabrück?

The VW plant in Osnabrück has the chance to produce an electric convertible, as group boss Herbert Diess has now announced. According to this, there are not only corresponding considerations at the Volkswagen brand, but also at Audi.

VW starts US production of the ID.4 in autumn

VW starts US production of the ID.4 in autumn

VW will begin mass production of the ID.4 in the U.S. in September or October 2022, according to its North America chief, and there will likely be slight differences from the European-built examples of the E-SUV.

VW: Will the ID. Buzz be launched at prices starting at just under 60,000 euros?

VW: Will the ID. Buzz be launched at prices starting at just under 60,000 euros?

Volkswagen plans to launch its ID. buzz in September at an entry-level price of under €60,000, according to a media report. After the model's unveiling on March 9, orders for the MEB van will apparently be accepted starting in May.

Skoda brings ME3 software update to the Enyaq

Skoda brings ME3 software update to the Enyaq

VW's Czech subsidiary Skoda has announced a software update for its MEB models in the Enyaq family. Called ME3, it includes range and charging performance improvements like VW's underlying E3.0 update, but it also tweaks some of the criticized displays.

Audi brings charging and software updates for Q4 e-tron

Audi brings charging and software updates for Q4 e-tron

Following in the footsteps of VW and Skoda, Audi is also bringing several updates to its Q4 e-tron MEB model. In addition to the familiar shorter charging time for the large battery variants, Audi is also bringing a number of new trim levels to the MEB SUV.

World premiere of the ID. Buzz: VW presents the "Bulli for a new era

World premiere of the ID. Buzz: VW presents the "Bulli for a new era

The long-awaited VW ID. buzz has celebrated its premiere. Volkswagen praises the "first purely electric bus and van series in Europe" in the highest terms. With the premiere, further data on the electric minibus is now known - against which VW Group CEO Herbert Diess must also be measured after his announcements.

Ford plans seven new e-cars in Europe by 2024

Ford plans seven new e-cars in Europe by 2024

Ford has announced plans to introduce three new electric passenger cars and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024, with a goal of selling more than 600,000 electric vehicles annually in Europe starting in 2026. There are also details on Ford's MEB model.

VW: MEB production in Zwickau will not restart until April

VW: MEB production in Zwickau will not restart until April

Volkswagen's electric car plant in Zwickau will not resume production until the beginning of April due to missing wiring harnesses from Ukraine that could not be delivered because of Russia's war of aggression on the neighboring country.

VW gives further details on 3.0 software

VW gives further details on 3.0 software

Volkswagen has mentioned further features of the software generation 3.0 for the MEB models. The Wolfsburg-based company expects this to provide an "innovation boost for the ID. family". However, some of the changes are much more mundane, such as the display of the charging status.

Skoda resumes Enyaq production

Skoda resumes Enyaq production

Czech VW brand Skoda is ramping up production of its all-electric Enyaq iV at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Production had to be interrupted for a few weeks due to supply bottlenecks for wiring harnesses.

Mahindra wants to use MEB components from Volkswagen

Mahindra wants to use MEB components from Volkswagen

Volkswagen and Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra are exploring the use of MEB components in Mahindra's new "Born Electric Platform". A cooperation agreement that has now been concluded sets the framework for further evaluation of the collaboration.

Audi starts pre-sales of the Q4 e-tron in China

Audi starts pre-sales of the Q4 e-tron in China

A few days after the market launch of the Audi Q5 e-tron built by SAIC Volkswagen, pre-sales of the Audi Q4 e-tron from FAW Audi are now also starting on the Chinese market.

Cupra shows e-small car study closer to series production

Cupra shows e-small car study closer to series production

Cupra has delivered a new preview of its UrbanRebel all-electric small car planned for 2025, with the new concept car being much closer to production than the UrbanRebel Concept unveiled in 2021.

VW adjusts prices and equipment of the GTX models

VW adjusts prices and equipment of the GTX models

VW has given the GTX models of the ID.4 and ID.5 a slight upgrade, including the previously optional "Design" and "Comfort" equipment packages as standard. In return, however, the base price for both models has increased. GTX variants of the ID.3 and even the ID. Buzz are to follow.

VW presents China version of the ID. Aero still in June

VW presents China version of the ID. Aero still in June

The production version of the ID. Aero, VW's first all-electric sedan, is expected to launch first in China in the second half of 2023. The near-production study will be unveiled next Monday, June 27, with the corresponding production model for the North American and European markets scheduled for 2023.

VW ID. Aero: Sixth ID. model debuts in China

VW ID. Aero: Sixth ID. model debuts in China

Volkswagen has previewed the next member of the ID. family with the online world premiere of the ID. Aero. The study of an all-electric, four-door sedan is a preview of the production model developed specifically for the Chinese market, where it will be offered in two versions.

VW resumes production of the ID. Buzz

VW resumes production of the ID. Buzz

ID. buzz vehicles are again rolling off the production line in Hanover. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN) has resumed production, which was interrupted for a week due to quality problems with the battery. In the course of the week, the level before the break should be reached again.

VW starts series production of the ID.4 in US plant

VW starts series production of the ID.4 in US plant

After months of pre-production, Volkswagen has now built the first production example of the ID.4 for customer deliveries at its U.S. plant in Chattanooga, with production expected to ramp up to 7,000 cars per month by the fourth quarter of 2022.

VW: Delivery of MEB components to Mahindra becomes concrete

VW: Delivery of MEB components to Mahindra becomes concrete

The Volkswagen Group and Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra have signed a term sheet to supply MEB components for Mahindra's new Inglo all-electric vehicle platform, and Mahindra has also previewed the first five models.

Skoda plans to bring three new e-models to market much sooner

Skoda plans to bring three new e-models to market much sooner

Skoda is accelerating and expanding its electric car plans, and instead of launching by 2030 as previously planned, the Czech VW brand will launch three new all-electric models as early as 2026: a compact car, a compact SUV, and a seven-seat SUV.

Skoda Enyaq sold out until 2024?

Skoda Enyaq sold out until 2024?

Those who currently order a Skoda Enyaq in Germany will apparently have to wait until 2024 for delivery. According to a media report, the German production quota for the electric model for 2023 is already "effectively sold out".