Volkswagen has to master a balancing act: On one hand, the carmaker needs investment discipline. On the other, there is tremendous pressure to innovate. Ulrich Eichhorn, who heads the VW Group research and development operations, talks about current efforts to electrify VW’s portfolio and breathe artificial intelligence into autonomous cars. Mr. Eichhorn, the Volkswagen Group Read More..
Lamborghini has opened a new research facility in SeattleÂ that aims to find more applications for car fiber in the construction of its cars. The high-performance sports car brand, which is part of Germany’s Volkswagen Group, said the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) is based in Seattle, because the location allows easy collaboration with airplane maker Read More..
MUNICH â€“ Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page â€“ English-language â€“ book is titled â€œAutomotive 4.0 â€“ The Digital Revolution.â€ Read More..
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,â€ said Martin Winterkorn, CEO ofÂ Europe’s largest automotive group. The plan covers investment for the years 2013, 2014 and Read More..
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, Read More..
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 Read More..
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 PTCâ€™s Windchill as its collaboration software, making it the backbone of its PLM Read More..
Sven Lorenz, Porscheâ€™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 Read More..
Volkswagen of America will equip selected 2012 models with a new Fender Premium Audio System, in a move designed to feed consumersâ€™ 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 Read More..
Volkswagen Logistics has adopted a new contract management system, cuContract, made by Circle Unlimited. Before adopting the system, the German carmakerâ€™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 Read More..