Tesla: Volkswagen CEO drives Tesla Model Y, calls it a ‘reference’ car

BERLIN: Soon after Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid a friendly visit to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess to get a special look at VW’s new upcoming electric cars, Diess drove Tesla Model Y, saying it was a “reference” car for the German automaker. The carmaker confirmed that there’s no deal in the making between the two automakers and it was basically just Diess checking out Musk’s latest electric car, reports Electrek. “Of course, I also tested a Tesla Model Y with my colleague Frank Welsch. This car is for us in…

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Volkswagen T-Roc: Volkswagen T-Roc receives strong response, first lot sold out

NEW DELHI: Volkswagen Passenger Cars India on Wednesday announced the closure of bookings of T-Roc. Launched in March 2020 at Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the Volkswagen T-Roc has received an overwhelming response. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, customer deliveries had been delayed and post relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the carline has been sold out. The outstanding responses is a testament of Volkswagen’s SUVW strategy, the brand had launched the Tiguan Allspace and T-Roc for Indian customers, the German carmakers said, Both the SUVs are powered by Volkswagen’s TSI technology. The…

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Volkswagen not seeking a deal with Tesla on EVs: CEO

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen‘s Chief Executive Herbert Diess on Monday sought to quell speculation that the world’s largest carmaker, which is on a mass production push for electric cars, has plans to develop deeper ties with start-up rival Tesla. Diess met with Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk in Braunschweig, Germany, last week, and during his visit VW let Musk drive its new ID.3 electric car. “Just to be clear: We just drove the ID.3 and had a chat – there is no deal/cooperation in the making,” Diess said in a post on…

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volkswagen id.3: Volkswagen ID.3 breaks its own range record, covers 531 km on single charge

NEW DELHI: Volkswagen ID.3 recently mastered a distance of 531 km with one single battery charge leaving its WLTP range of 420 km miles away. The Volkswagen ID.3 was tested by Felix Egolf, a pro efficiency tester. Egolf took the ID.3 from Germany to Switzerland with an aim of achieving the lowest possible consumption and the highest possible range. Felix Egolf tested the ID.3 by sailing over the roads and repeatedly taking his foot off the acceleration pedal and letting the car roll. This method normally saves fuel in other…

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Germany investigates Porsche over suspected petrol engine manipulation

FRANKFURT: Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is investigating Porsche AG over the suspected manipulation of petrol engines to achieve improved emissions data. A KBA spokesman said on Monday the investigation involved petrol engines that Porsche, Volkswagen‘s luxury sports vehicle unit, produced for the European market before 2017. Porsche had confirmed a newspaper report on Sunday that it had informed the authorities after internal investigations uncovered suspected irregularities. German prosecutors fined Porsche 535 million euros ($632 million) last year for lapses that allowed the company to cheat diesel emissions tests, but…

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Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV: Volkswagen commences production of ID.4 electric SUV

NEW DELHI: Volkswagen has commenced the production of brand’s first full-electric SUV, ID.4Volkswagen has dropped multiple teasers of the all new electric SUV, ID.4. According to the latest update by the German automaker, the ID.4 will be revealed in a matter of weeks. The production version of the new Volkswagen ID.4 will be revealed in US first. The ID.4 is being launched as a part of a worldwide strategy to deliver millions of EVs to help combat global climate change. Volkswagen is also aiming to change the trend in the…

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Skoda ENYAQ iV: Skoda teases Enyaq iV again, reveals exteriors

NEW DELHI: Skoda Auto on Wednesday revealed the lighting design of the upcoming electric SUV, Enyaq iV. With a completely new approach to the designing language, Skoda Auto is also bringing fresh new lighting elements to their first electric SUV, the Enyaq-iV. Enyaq iV is built on Volkswagen’s MEB (modular electric-drive matrix) platform and it also boasts full-LED matrix lighting design to reflect the new innovative and emotive design elements. Enyaq iV’s design has been inspired by the elements used in the new models of Skoda Scala, Kamiq and Octavia.…

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Volkswagen ID.4: Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV teased again ahead of launch

NEW DELHI: Volkswagen dropped another teaser of the all new electric SUV, ID.4. According to the latest update by the German automaker, the ID.4 will be revealed in a matter of weeks. The production version of the new Volkswagen ID.4 will be revealed in US first. The ID.4 is being launched as a part of a worldwide strategy to deliver millions of EVs to help combat global climate change. Volkswagen is also aiming to change the trend in the US market with the new ID.4. EV supplies have been limited…

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Amazon to help Toyota build cloud-based data services

BENGALURU: Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing unit will help Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp build a platform to help manage and monetize data gathered from the automaker’s global vehicle fleet, the companies said on Monday. Toyota said its Mobility Services Platform will enable it to process and analyze data that can be used to develop vehicle services from ride and car sharing to behavior-based insurance and maintenance notifications. The deal is an expansion of Amazon Web Services‘ existing collaboration with Toyota, and marks the e-commerce giant’s expanding foray into the transportation business.…

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Electric Vehicles sales: Tesla, VW, Nissan-Renault lead EV, plug-in charge in H1 2020

NEW DELHI: Tesla has emerged as the top electric vehicle manufacturer in first six months of 2020, followed by Volkswagen Group and Renault-Nissan. Amid Covid-induced disruption, the top three electric carmakers managed to sell 3.10 lakh units between January to June. In the entire EV segment (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) + Battery-operated EV), Tesla sold 1,79,050 models. Volkswagen group grabbed the second position with as many as 124,018 units sold. Renault-Nissan alliance was at third position 84,501 units sold. In Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Tesla still holds the number one…

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Tesla: Tesla supplier LG Chem sees growing battery sales in Q3

SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Chem , an electric vehicle battery supplier for Tesla , Volkswagen and other automakers, said on Friday it expects rising sales in the current quarter after its battery business swung to an operating profit. “Sales are expected to grow and profitability is expected to remain robust thanks to greater EV shipments for European OEMs and increased sales for cylindrical EV batteries,” LG Chem said, referring to original equipment manufacturers or automakers. LG did not mention Tesla, but it supplies small cylindrical-type batteries for the carmaker’s China…

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Volkswagen dieselgate: Volkswagen has paid $9.5 billion in US over ‘dieselgate’

WASHINGTON: Volkswagen has paid some $9.5 billion since 2016 to US motorists misled by devices installed by the German automaker to cheat emission standards, the US federal consumer protection authority said Monday. The international scandal — known as “dieselgate” — has tarnished Volkswagen’s image ever since. The auto giant admitted in 2015 to cheating emissions tests on 11 million vehicles worldwide. Software built into motors made the cars appear to spew fewer harmful pollutants in the lab than on the road. Owners of vehicles from VW or Porsche, a subsidiary…

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