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Volkswagen Group starts second half of year with rise in deliveries

Wolfsburg, 24 August 2012 - The Volkswagen Group recorded a 9.1 per cent rise in deliveries for the period to July, taking the number of vehicles handed over to customers worldwide in the first seven months of this year to 5.19 (January-July 2011: 4.75)* million, surpassing the five million mark for this period for the first time.  Group brands delivered 734,600 (July 2011: 665,800; +10.3 per cent)* vehicles in the month of July.  “Overall, we made a good start to the second half of the year and continued on our growth trajectory in almost all regions, particularly Asia, North America and Russia.  However, the situation in Western Europe remains noticeably tense, although our brands outperformed the overall market there despite the difficult conditions”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday.

There was a further increase in Group deliveries on the American continent in the period to July.  In the North America region, the company handed over 457,900 (375,500; +21.9 per cent) vehicles in the first seven months, of which 324,200 (249,400; +30.0 per cent) units were delivered in the United States.  In South America, the Volkswagen Group handed over 566,500 (538,100; +5.3 per cent) units to customers during the same period.

Group figures for the Asia-Pacific region were again very encouraging.  In total, 1.72 (1.46; +17.3 per cent) million vehicles were handed over to customers there from January to July, of which 1.51 (1.29; +17.1 per cent) million units were delivered in China, the region’s largest single market.  In India, the Group handed over 69,400 (62,900; +10.5 per cent) vehicles to customers during the same period.

In Europe, the Volkswagen Group delivered a total of 2.23 (2.20; +1.6 per cent) million vehicles during the first seven months.  Deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany) fell slightly to 1.15 (1.22; -5.9 per cent) million units as a result of the continued difficult market situation.  In its home market of Germany, Europe’s largest automaker recorded a 4.4 per cent increase to 708,100 (678,400) units.  The Central and Eastern Europe region continued to develop well, with customers taking delivery of 376,300 (299,600; +25.6 per cent) vehicles.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.26 (2.95; +10.4 per cent) million vehicles to customers worldwide from January to July.  The brand developed particularly well in Asia, where 1.27 (1.10; +15.1 per cent) million vehicles were handed over, the United States, where 245,700 (183,200; +34.1 per cent) units were delivered, and Russia, where deliveries totaled 95,600 (56,500; +69.2 per cent).

The Audi brand delivered 852,900 (758,900) vehicles worldwide in the first seven months, an increase of 12.4 percent.  The premium brand from Ingolstadt performed particularly well in China, where 226,700 (168,500; +34.6 per cent) units were handed over, and the United States, where 76,900 (65,100; +18.2 per cent) vehicles were delivered.  The brand also grew deliveries in Russia, handing over 19,300 (13,800) automobiles, an increase of 40.1 per cent compared with the same period in 2011, while deliveries on the overall European market rose by 3.1 per cent to 454,200 (440,500) units.

The Czech brand ŠKODA delivered 565,600 (523,200; +8.1 per cent) vehicles worldwide from January to July.  The company developed particularly well in the Central and Eastern Europe region, where 152,800 (131,800; +16.0 per cent) customers took delivery of a new vehicle.  In the Asia-Pacific region, ŠKODA grew deliveries to 167,300 (149,500; +11.9 per cent).

SEAT delivered 189,200 (215,500; -12.2 per cent) vehicles worldwide in the period to July.  The Spanish brand handed over 160,400 (193,700; -17.2 per cent) vehicles to customers on the overall European market as a result of the continued difficult market situation.  In contrast, SEAT developed well on the Mexican market, delivering 12,000 (9,800; +21.8 per cent) automobiles there.  In Germany, too, the brand grew deliveries to 34,400 (30,900; +11.4 per cent).

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 317,300 (303,200, +4.7 per cent) units from January to July.  74,700 (70,700; +5.7 per cent) vehicles were handed over to customers in the home market of Germany.  Deliveries to the rest of Europe also developed well.  As a result, vehicle deliveries on the overall European market rose to 193,600 (183,800; +5.3 per cent).

*) excluding MAN and Scania

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Hybrid Touareg


The Touareg Hybrid offers such uncompromising power with efficiency you will be impressed for a hybrid to perform so well.

This is thanks to Volkswagen’s latest “parallel hybrid” technology where the petrol engine, electric motor, clutch and automatic transmission all work together.

From 0-31mph only the electric motor is used (LOW LOAD SITUATIONS, HIGH VOLTAGE (HV) BATTERY SUFFICIEBTLY CHARGED), with the petrol engine decoupled it consumes no energy and creates no emissions.

When the driver brakes, the energy normally lost during the braking phase is converted into electric energy and stored in the HV battery.

During rapid “kick down” acceleration, the electric motor works together with the petrol engine to provide all the power you need whilst reducing emission’s compared to a normal petrol engine car.

The Touareg selects the most efficient drive at all times, from on-road performance, climbing ability, towing to off-road capability.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Welcome to Volkswagen Racing’s RacingLine Motorsport and Performance Parts range

Volkswagen Racing have been developing the highest quality motorsport parts for our own race and rally cars for the past decade and a half – with some great success.   These race parts are all available to our Motorsport customers around the world to win on-track.

But great motosport parts don’t always make for great road car upgrades.

So the Volkswagen Racing team have taken all the lessons learned by our engineers and partner companies over the years and used this expertise to develop our RacingLine range of road car performance upgrades.

Within Volkswagen Racing’s RacingLine upgrade range, there are many parts that are exactly the same as we specify for our race cars around the world.  But there are other components that we have adapted from the race parts to reflect the different engineering requirements that a road car demands.

What doesn’t change is our philosophy for everything in the RacingLine upgrade range; we will only offer products that are engineered with the same pride and exacting standards, whether its for a full race car or a brand new showroom Volkswagen.

We are proud of the reassurance that the RacingLine upgrades offer; all have been developed by the very same team of motorsport engineers and suppliers, and everything in the RacingLine range is proven on road and track before we offer it for sale.

We wouldn’t risk anything less for the RacingLine range; we’d suggest you shouldn’t risk anything less for your Volkswagen.

We hope you enjoy looking around our site.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team for advice via the Contact Us page.

Article source: www.volkswagenracing.co.uk


All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection/recycling and completely prohibit the landfill/incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. is registered as a Producer of Batteries under Registration Number BPRN00504.

Vehicle Batteries

When an automotive (starter) battery in your vehicle or the high voltage battery if your vehicle is a Hybrid reaches its end of life, it can be delivered to the facilities listed below for disposal:

  • Garages
  • Civic amenity and recycling centres
  • Local authority battery collection schemes (please check with your local council)
  • Licensed scrap yards
  • Authorised treatment facilities (car dismantlers etc.)

To find out the easiest way to dispose of your battery please search the "Recycling near you" directory (http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/banklocator.aspx/).

If requested, Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. can arrange for the automotive or the high voltage batteries it has produced to be collected from the types of sites listed above. Should you wish to arrange a collection, please telephone 01908 548 584 and ask to speak to a member of the environment team.

Portable Batteries

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd. is a member of the BatteryBack producer compliance scheme. To find your nearest portable battery disposal facility and find out more about the benefits of battery recycling, please visit www.batteryback.org.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

The new Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV)

The new Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV) has been unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show. Pioneering construction techniques, an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain and innovative packaging all play a part in allowing the XL1 to return 313 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 24 g/km of CO2 to set a new benchmark for vehicle efficiency.

Powering the XL1 is a compact 800 cc TDI two-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 48 PS. It’s linked to an electric motor producing 27 PS, resulting in a total of 75 PS – a modest output yet more than enough when the low kerb weight (795 kg) of the vehicle is taken into account.

The TDI engine is linked to an electric motor and a seven-speed DSG gearbox with an automatic clutch mounted between each unit. The electric motor can either work independently of the TDI engine or in tandem when accelerating. In pure electric mode the XL1 can travel up to 35 km before the diesel engine cuts in. Accelerating from rest to 62 mph can be achieved in 11.9 seconds; the electronically limited top speed is 99 mph.

In both its styling and packaging the XL1 draws on lessons learned from the 1-Litre car (2002) and the L1 concept (2009). The XL1 has evolved to feature staggered seating with the driver and passenger placed next to each other in a body structure made from advanced new materials providing immense strength yet weighing just 230 kg.

To make such weight savings possible, and yet viable for series production, Volkswagen developed and patented a new system for the manufacture of the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) parts on the car called the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process.

In total the XL1 weighs 795 kg. In addition to the body structure, the weight is accounted for by the drivetrain (227 kg), the running gear (153 kg), the interior including a pair of bucket seats (80 kg) and the electrical system (105 kg). In total just 23.2 per cent of the car (184 kg) is made out of either steel or iron.

Further savings are made through the extensive use of lightweight materials including magnesium (wheels), ceramics (brake discs) and aluminium (dampers, steering system, brake calipers).

The styling of the XL1 is borne out of functional requirements – easy access to the interior is granted via a pair of elegant scissor doors that hinge on the A-pillar while the profile of the car has been honed in the wind tunnel, the result being a remarkable coefficient of drag figure of 0.186. The XL1’s overall length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm) are similar to those of a Volkswagen Polo yet its height (1,184 mm) is more akin to that of a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

Although the XL1 is still very much a concept, its unveiling marks the next step towards the birth of a new class of Super Efficient Vehicles, while the advent of a process such as RTM is a significant milestone.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk