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Volkswagen Chattanooga Workers Reject Union Bid Again

Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, Tennessee have voted against an attempt at unionizing VW's only U.S. assembly plant. The rejection serves as a blow to the United Auto Workers union, which is slated to commence negotiations with U.S. automakers soon.  The Tennessean reports the vote was close, 833 to 776, rejecting unionization. Today VW employs about 1,700 workers and 3,200 temporary workers…

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Volkswagen, Ford Close to Alliance on EV's, AV's

Volkswagen Group is close to an agreement with Ford Motor Company regarding cooperation between the two on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles. The move would further deepen an alliance between the two formed around shared production of commercial vehicles.  News of furthering the alliance comes from Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, who said talks with Ford are “progressing well” and could be…

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German Prosecutors Raid Porsche Offices

The Porsche brand seems to be unable to escape corruption. German prosecutors in Stuttgart confirm Tuesday they have raided Porsche offices. The raid comes amid allegations of corruption between the government's tax office and Porsche officials.  Prosecutors say they are suspicious that an auditor working for the government had been bribed into passing information to the carmaker's tax advisor. Specifically,…

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VW Tarek will be Volkswagen's Compact Crossover

Volkswagen has long hinted about having a compact crossover in North America, but the biggest hint yet has dropped. Volkswagen officials have confirmed plans to start production on a new compact crossover it is calling the Tarek.  VW recently hosted an event at its Pacheco plant in Argentina and showed off the dimensions and name of the upcoming Tarek. The Argentine…

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Audi eTron Range Comes in Short

The 2019 Audi eTron battery-electric crossover is nearing launch in the U.S. As such, the EPA has given it an official range rating, which is coming in at 204 miles. The number is considerably less than expected, but that may not detour too many buyers.  To put the figure into perspective, that's less range than the comparable Jaguar I-Pace, which…

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VW Confirms City Car-Sized Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen has made it clear its future is largely electrified, but additional context on their electrification plans continue to trickle out. The German automaker has confirmed part of its plan will include city cars smaller than the upcoming ID hatchback EV.  Volkswagen Group held its Annual Media Conference earlier this week, where CEO Dr. Herbert Diess confirmed the company's MEB electric…

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2020 VW Passat Gets New Look on Old Platform

American automakers are pruning sedans from their lineups as fast as possible, but Volkswagen has decided sedans are still worth the investment. The 2020 Passat will have an all-new look atop its old platform and the above drawing is our first semi-official look.  The current Passat platform dates all the way back to 2011, so suffice to say we're not…

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Electric Audi Hatchback Coming

Like all Volkswagen Group brands, Audi has some lofty electrification plans. Audi's electric plans have been a little more mysterious than VW's, but reportedly Audi is working on a new electric hatchback based on the upcoming VW I.D. hatchback.  According to Auto Express Audi will reveal a concept version of the upcoming hatchback within the next couple of months. The reveal will…

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