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Volkswagen

Volkswagen Group is the largest carmaker in Europe, selling vehicles under the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen marques. It also sells Ducati motorcycles and commercial vehicles under the MAN and Scania marques. The VW Beetle was its first bestselling model, and the Golf, launched after it stopped production of the Beetle, has become the third best-selling car of all time.

Volkswagen bid to raise stake in venture with FAW sputters

Volkswagen's attempt to increase its stake in a joint venture with its Chinese partner FAW has apparently stalled. Photo: Reuters

Volkswagen's bid to increase its stake in a lucrative joint venture with Chinese partner FAW has stalled just as the German carmaker is stepping up expansion in its biggest market, company sources said.

Thursday, 13 November, 2014, 3:35am

Volkswagen-FAW joint venture extended by 25 years

Workers labour on an assembly line at the First Automobile Works (FAW) plant in Changchun.

Volkswagen extended its joint venture with China FAW Group Corp by 25 years, as the German manufacturer steps up its bid for the global No1 spot by targeting an increasing share of the world's biggest car market.

13 Oct 2014 - 4:13am

Volkswagen to deepen research cooperation with China's FAW

Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, will deepen research ties with FAW, including work on hybrid and electric cars. Photo: AP

Volkswagen will deepen research and development projects with its Chinese joint venture partner China FAW Car including work on hybrid and electric cars, according to people familiar with the matter.

11 Oct 2014 - 4:09am

Volkswagen leads German charge in China's compact-car market

Competitive pricing has made four Volkswagen models China's best-selling compacts. Photo: Reuters

Volkswagen's lead in China's compact-car market this year has helped a handful of German marques sell almost as many of the vehicles as the mainland's 25 local brands combined - a trend industry watchers say can only lead to consolidation.

17 Sep 2014 - 4:24am

Antitrust body fines Volkswagen and Chrysler, denies targeting foreign firms

NDRC's Hubei branch fined carmaker FAW-Volkswagen 248.6 million yuan for manipulating prices at its Audi sales unit. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland's top antitrust authorities defended a recent crackdown on price-fixing at a rare joint press conference in Beijing yesterday, denying foreign firms were being unfairly targeted.

12 Sep 2014 - 6:19am

VW's Camper van, symbol of hippy movement, will ride no more

A Volkswagen T2 on display at a Volkswagen workshop specialising in restoring vintage models. Photo: AFP

Ten years after Volkswagen’s legendary Beetle drove off into the sunset, the German carmaker’s other main icon, the camper van, takes its leave from the world’s automobile stage this month.

13 Dec 2013 - 10:39pm

Production to double at new Volkswagen plant

Production to double at new Volkswagen plant.

Volkswagen plans to double the capacity of a factory it officially opened yesterday in Foshan in Guangdong province, its China chief executive said.

26 Sep 2013 - 3:15am

Li Keqiang well advised to keep foreign wise men at bay

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

I remember when Tung Chee-hwa did this as Hong Kong's first chief executive not too long after taking office. It was his big idea for gathering big thoughts on Hong Kong. He wouldn't otherwise have had many, I gather.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Book review: The People's Car, by Bernhard Rieger

Book review: The People's Car, by Bernhard Rieger

In August 1955 the millionth Volkswagen Beetle came off the Wolfsburg production line.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:42pm

Record car sales on line as quality questioned

Joachim Schmidt, sales chief at Mercedes. Photo: EPA

Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW posted record sales for last year, fuelled by demand in China.

But this year, that growth is at risk as the government in Beijing steps up scrutiny of the carmakers and media outlets question their quality.

20 Apr 2013 - 6:12am

Germany's carmakers go abroad to grow

As the yen weakens and Europe's debt crisis spreads, Volkswagen and its German peers are planning to spend more than US$25 billion by 2017 to expand production outside their home region and insulate themselves from currency convulsions.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:30am

Volkswagen: another round of Golfs

Volkswagen: another round of Golfs

The Volkswagen Golf first came on the market in 1974, to replace the iconic Beetle as the new "people's car". Although its sibling has been resurrected, there's no doubt that the Golf has been enormously popular.

22 Mar 2013 - 10:04am

VW faces US$600m bill over recall

A Volkswagen Passat drives along a busy street in downtown Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Volkswagen recalled almost 400,000 vehicles on the mainland to replace defective gearboxes that may result in loss of power, in a move that may cost Europe's largest carmaker more than US$600 million.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Bugs in the system

As many as 680,000 Volkswagen cars sold in China could be equipped with the DSG transmission systems. Photo: AP

Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, plans to recall vehicles in China after drawing scrutiny from the country's quality inspector and state broadcaster over defective gearbox systems.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:18am

TV consumer show exposes internet firm promoting spam ads

A member of a government consumer quality supervision team inspects jewellery in Qingdao. Photo: EPA

Some local internet service providers have been running spam adverts on major web portals and chat rooms without paying a cent, according to a nationally televised programme to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

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