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Design

Design Chief Luc Donckerwolke Departs Hyundai

Luxury car guru has crafted the styling of many memorable Audi, Bentley, Lambo and Genesis models

Design

VW Group Names Bischoff as Chief Designer

Klaus Bischoff has been named to oversee design activities for all Volkswagen Group brands, effective April 1.

Labor

VW’s Labor Boss Vows to Block Turkey Plant

Volkswagen AG’s unions say they won’t vote to approve a big auto plant project in Turkey as long as that country continues military operations in Syria.

Assembly

Report: VW to Decide This Week on Turkish Plant

Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board reportedly will decide this week whether to shift plans for an assembly plant from Turkey to Slovakia.

Assembly

VW: No Plan to Abandon Turkey Plant Project

Volkswagen AG says its isn’t looking for other locations for the assembly plant it hopes to build in Turkey.

Hybrid

Magna Launches Electric Drive Factory in China

Magna International Inc. has opened a factory in Shanghai to make integrated electric drive systems for Volkswagen AG vehicles built in China and Europe.

Production

Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia Revive Bids for VW Plant

Volkswagen AG’s postponement of plans for a $1.4 billion factory in Turkey has prompted previous contenders to revive efforts to win the project.

Assembly

VW Postpones Decision on Plant in Turkey

Volkswagen AG says it has suspended plans to open a large assembly plant in Manisa, Turkey, by 2022.

Business

SEAT Mulls Changing Name to Cupra

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit may market all its future vehicles exclusively under its new Cupra sub-brand as part of a plan to expand globally and boost profitability.

Interiors

Faurecia to Buy Out Conti in JV

Faurecia SA has agreed to acquire Continental AG’s 50% stake in SAS Autosystemtechnik Verwaltungs GmbH and take full control of the interior modules joint venture.

Sales

VW Approved to Merge Units in India

Volkswagen AG says it has received regulatory approvals in India to combine its local Skoda, Volkswagen and sales units.

Design

New Rolls-Royce Design Chief Quits

Jozef Kaban has left BMW AG’s Rolls-Royce unit six months after being named design chief of the ultra-luxury marque.

Assembly

VW Finalizes Plan to Make Cars in Turkey

Volkswagen AG will build an auto assembly plant in Manisa, Turkey, to make cars for sale in Turkey, the Middle East and Russia.

Assembly

VW Close to Decision on New Plant in Turkey

Volkswagen AG says it may finalize plans within two weeks to build a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) assembly plant in Turkey.

Business

Report: Ford, VW to Expand Joint EV-Program

Ford Motor Co. appears likely to decide soon on details of a plan to expand its use of Volkswagen AG’s electric-vehicle platform.

Assembly

Report: Deal Near on VW Factory in Turkey

Officials have all but finalized an agreement for a new Volkswagen Group assembly plant in Turkey that would begin production by 2023.

Sales

VW Group Sales Drop 2% in July

Volkswagen AG global sales slipped 2% last month, in spite of a slight gain in China.

Propulsion

VW Touts More Efficient 6-Speed Manual Gearbox

Volkswagen AG says its new 6-speed manual transmission can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as five grams per km, depending on the engine.

Assembly

VW Chooses Turkey for E. European Plant

Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board has selected Turkey as the location of a new assembly plant that will open 3-4 years from now.

Sales

Car Sales in Germany Drop 5% on Fewer Selling Days

Registrations of new cars in Germany slid 5% to 325,200 units last month, according to the country’s KBA transport authority.

Propulsion

Skoda Readies 2 CNG Cars

Volkswagen AG’s Skoda unit is introducing variants of the Kamiq hatchback and Scala crossover vehicle modified to run on compressed natural gas.  

Diesel

Report: Czech Court Orders VW to Pay Diesel Compensation

A Czech Court says Volkswagen AG must pay compensation to customers whose diesel engines were rigged to evade emission laws, according to news website Seznam.

Hybrid

VW Choses Slovakia to Make New Low-Cost EV

Volkswagen AG plans to use its small-car factory in Bratislava, Slovakia, to build a family of small electric cars for the European market, according to Handelsblatt.

Assembly

VW Confirms New Assembly Plant in Eastern Europe

Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board has approved the launch of “concrete negotiations” to build and open a new assembly plant in eastern Europe about four years from now.