VW Group to invest 50 billion euros over next 3 years

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Volkswagen Group plans to invest 50.2 billion euros in the next three years to strengthen competitiveness and safeguard its future. “Despite the challenging economic environment, we are investing more than ever before to reach our long-term goals,” said Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Europe’s largest automotive group. The plan covers investment for the years 2013, 2014 and […]

VDI/VW electronic safety conference – Berlin

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Germany’s industry federation, the VDI, and carmaker Volkswagen are jointly organizing a conference to look at the safety of electronic vehicle systems. The “Automotive Security” conference will take place in Berlin Oct 11 and 12. Presenters will not only focus on functional security of electronic systems, but will also look at the potential for manipulation, […]

VW starts 2nd phase of EV tests in Berlin

At an official ceremony in Berlin, state and private-sector executives received the keys to several electric Golfs from VW officials (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen has delivered a second batch of electrically propelled Golf blue-e-motion cars to test customers as it gets ready to start selling electric vehicles. The automaker now has a test fleet of 80 electric vehicles in Germany. They will be driven mostly by employees of major companies, agencies and organizations. The test fleet is used […]

Upheaval in automotive PLM as car companies change partners

Automakers are reviewing - and changing - their PLM software (illustration: Siemens)

Upheaval in the PLM market: Daimler and Chrysler are separating from former partner Dassault Systemes and are doing development work with Siemens PLM software. On the other hand, BMW has settled on Dassault in the E/E domain. In turn, Hyundai has chosen PTC’s Windchill as its collaboration software, making it the backbone of its PLM […]

Porsche CIO Sven Lorenz has growing product portfolio

Lorenz: Observing "with great interest" Daimler's CAD move from Dassault to Siemens

Sven Lorenz, Porsche’s CIO is a busy man. Not only does he have to manage integration with new majority owner Volkswagen, he also has to deal with the increasing role of social media, continued tight budgets andthe need to get dealers to use one dealer management systems. Lorenz spoke recently with automotiveIT about these and […]

US Volkswagens to have Fender music system

Volkswagen of America will equip selected 2012 models with a new Fender Premium Audio System, in a move designed to feed consumers’ growing appetite for quality in-car infotainment. The German carmaker said the new American version of the Jetta GLI will be the first VW model to feature the new Fender system this spring. At […]

VW Logistics automates contract management

Volkswagen Logistics has adopted a new contract management system, cuContract, made by Circle Unlimited. Before adopting the system, the German carmaker’s logistics arm used a decentralized database. Contracts would first have to be scanned before being entered into this database. VW Logistics decided on cuContract because the system can easily be expanded and it can […]

VW uses virtual technology for service training

For training purposes, digital projection can provide a virtual x-ray of a vehicle

Volkswagen plans to use more virtual-reality technology to train its service technicians. The German automaker hopes its use of “augmented-reality” technology will better train technicians and help their understanding of the technical innovations it is building into new models. VW’s augmented-reality technology projects computer-generated information onto a vehicle, giving the technician a virtual look under […]

VW launches iPhone app for accident help

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Volkswagen has launched an iPhone app that provides assistance to drivers who get into an accident. The app, which is available to VW owners free of charge, helps with the on-site filing of an online claim and also offers a range of additional services. These include locating a repair shop, finding the parked vehicle again, […]

In VW test car, autopilot can take over

In test, VW's temporary auto pilot lets drivers take their hands off the wheel

With human error causing 90 percent of the most serious traffic accidents, Volkswagen is experimenting with an autopilot that will take over key functions in critical situations. The German carmaker has created a research vehicle as part of an EU research project called HAVE-IT, which stands for Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport. VW’s temporary […]