The Golf is still the most important car for VW. He is the incarnation of the Dutch engineering soul, namesake for a whole vehicle class and has been sold in 45 years, about 35 million times. No other VW model is as in demand in Europe as the compact. The development department is working meticulously on Operation Golf 8, which has been in operation for more than three years.

Comparatively discreet technical innovations as in some earlier model changes can not afford VW in view of the ever faster change in the automotive sector. The new guy has to redefine the mast in the compact segment. Especially in terms of connectivity. He democratizes technical achievements from the upper class for normal customers. And he should again take a big step towards autonomous driving in a mass-produced product.

A decent specification, which is processed in the Wolfsburg development center under total exclusion of the public. Not even all employees are allowed to take their smartphone to work, so secret is it in the holy halls. So for VW it was a great exception to grant access here, for a look at the current state of the debtors in October 2019 deburring.

The reason: There were rumors that the next Golf will start later and in fewer variants than planned. The "start-up curve" had been flattened because of technical problems, the production is ramped up slower than planned. Visibly under pressure, VW jumped over its own shadow and invited to visit the experimental laboratory.

The fact that the eighth version of the long-lasting bestseller with the same wheelbase and only a few millimeters more in the length of the dealers will compete, that the cw value be "best in class" and that the design is refreshed only discreet – that was to be expected , Likewise, customers will experience a quantum leap in networking and infotainment.

And yet the consequence with which VW implements the fully digital Golf is impressive. So is a digital cockpit series, plus there's an 8.25-inch touch screen in the base, one with ten inches optional. And both versions will be available from the market launch, promises VW. Likewise, all new functionalities, such as the personalization by cloud, the digital car key or the natural voice control. The communication in and with the car and that of the vehicle with its environment will be up to date, the chiefs of the development department promise.

The Golf 8 will always be online, its operation over the touchscreen mounted at a gentle angle to the speedometer has been simplified so that dangerous dialing in mens and submens is a thing of the past. It works like a tablet, with a home button, sliding tiles and free random accessibility. Even in the case of luxury ingredients such as the freely programmable ambient lighting, the golf is setting in higher ground, with Arteon and Touareg leaving gren.

The degree of networking in the new mass VW is enormous, the developers around Board Frank Welsch speak of the Golf 8 is the new mastiff for connectivity and functionality. A chart that represents this complex system looks a bit like a blueprint for a supercomputer or a graphical representation of human DNA – but in any case enormously complicated.

How rapidly the data factory Auto develops, explain the technicians on the basis of numbers: Were written in 2010, around ten million lines of software code for a car, there are now already 100 million – and the development goes on bright. Everything works only in a network, each part communicates with all others.

The carmaker is happy to admit that the error attracts almost magnetically. In Wolfsburg one speaks in this context of "tickets", which are processed. Thousands of such error messages converge on the imposing auditors, who test their functionality around the clock, time and time again, over and over again.

Are there significantly more tickets – or mistakes – than with previous Golf models? Exactly naming the topic may not be in Wolfsburg. Only this much is to be heard: There are about 125,000 tickets per year on average for some 120 vehicle projects. These would be very appreciated. The sooner mistakes are detected and localized, the faster they can be eradicated.

Conclusion of the visit in the development center from the point of view of the VW responsible: With the new eight-Golf one lies completely on the plan. The error curve will be processed successively and quickly, ultimately it is about a few days that could delay the start of sales, not the delivery. And that is perfectly normal given the duration of the Golf 8 project of about three years.

Speaking of normal: In the year 2019 will be according to VW, the first normal customer after the first momentum of demonstration vehicles for the dealers to get his completely customized car. It can be a 1.5 TSI with and without Mildhybrid support or a two-liter TDI. The remaining variants of the 1.0 TSI via GTI, GTE, TGI (natural gas), plug-in hybrid, R-Line or R will follow gradually. Everything as usual in Wolfburg, so the message.

Rudolf Huber / mid

The article "Project Golf 8: The VW countdown is on schedule" was published on 26.04.2019 in the category Innovations by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, Compact, Novelty, Development, Production, Research, Automobile production, Presentation, released.


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The times for the auto industry are stormy. The PS industry is changing. On the other hand, lost confidence has to be regained for many customers. Of course, this is not possible overnight. A good indicator is the look at statistics and tables. Since there are already read a lot between the lines.

And that does not always look very bright: In 2018, for example, the production of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts fell significantly. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) at the Techno Classica Essen Motor Show (April 10 to 14, 2019), production in the second half of 2018 was 7.1 percent lower than in the first half of the year.

In the entire manufacturing sector in Germany, however, production fell by only 2.0 percent over the same period. Without the inclusion of the automotive sector, the decline in production would have been only 0.9 percent.

The start of the automotive industry in the year 2019 was uneven, the statistics experts said: The production of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts in January 2019 was 4.3 percent lower than in December 2018, in February 2019, it was 1.9 percent increased compared to January 2019.

The automotive industry is Germany's most important industry: Thus, the approximately 880,000 workers in the automotive industry in 2016, according to the National Accounts, an economic output of 134.9 billion euros. This corresponded to 4.7 percent of gross value added in Germany.

The macroeconomic importance of the automotive industry is even higher, as the industry is strongly linked to other industries. Other industries in the industry include rubber and plastic products, metal production and processing, metal products manufacturing, mechanical engineering and the repair and installation of machinery and equipment.

But the service sectors are also closely linked to the automotive industry: in particular, trade, transport and warehousing, professional, scientific and technical services as well as the placement and leasing of labor are important. Directly and indirectly, ie involving upstream industries, according to model calculations of the input-output calculation, about 1.75 million persons in employment in Germany, ie around 4.0 percent of the working population, are connected with the automotive industry.

The article "Auto Industry in Reverse" was added to the category News by Ralf Loweg on 09.04.2019 Automotive, Production, Statistics, News, released.


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Sports car manufacturer Porsche has a clear conscience: By 75 percent one has reduced the CO2 emissions – within just five years, the company announced. In production and logistics, the carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle have been reduced by more than three quarters since 2014.

"We are continuously optimizing our vehicles to make them even more environmentally friendly," says Albrecht Reimold, Director of Production and Logistics at Porsche. "In addition, many large and small initiatives at Porsche result in an overall concept that enables all divisions to improve their ecological sustainability step by step."

In order to make progress in sustainability measurable similar to economic success, Porsche determines the characteristic "environmental relief production", which consists of several parameters: In addition to the CO2 emissions and energy consumption include, among other things, the amount of water used and the amount used more volatile, organic compounds (VOC). The company has also made progress in these areas, the company says. Compared to 2014, 34 percent less solvent is used in production. The water consumption per vehicle has been reduced by 20 percent.

The item "Porsche shows white vest" was on 05.04.2019 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Environment, Sports Cars, Production, Emissions, Presentation, released.


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In order to produce hydrogen for cars with fuel cells, the industry initially needs electricity. Car manufacturer Toyota now wins this from renewable energies. At the Motomachi plant in Aichi Prefecture, the Japanese have installed a new facility called "SimpleFuel" that generates, stores and supplies hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles.

The station uses the electricity that comes from the solar modules on the roof of the production facility. The sun's energy provides the energy for the plant, which decomposes water into water and oxygen by means of electrolysis. Every day around 8.8 kilograms of hydrogen are produced, compressed and pressurized.

With this amount, fueled seven to eight of the fuel cell forklift trucks that are in the factory, says Toyota. Especially practical: Due to the compact size, the system occupies little space and can therefore be strategically placed.

In order to further minimize CO2 emissions in production, Toyota is gradually replacing conventionally powered forklifts with fuel cell counterparts. Like classic fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai (fuel consumption combined with hydrogen: 0.76 kg / 100 km, combined power consumption: 0 kWh / 100 km) emit neither CO2 nor other pollutants – with unrestricted suitability for everyday use and short refueling times. One can only say: In the field of alternative energies Toyota sits at the source.

The article "Hydrogen from solar energy" was on 05.04.2019 in the category Environment by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Hydrogen, Alternative Propulsion, Production, Fuel Cell, Energy, Environment, released.


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The foundation stone has already been laid: with the construction of the battery factory, the Mercedes-Benz plant Untertrkheim intends to push ahead with its transformation into a high-tech location for electric mobility. The new battery factory in the Brhl plant is part of the global battery production network within the Mercedes network with a total of nine battery factories at seven locations on three continents.

At the end of the decade, the aim is to produce highly efficient traction batteries for future "EQ" star electric vehicles on 12,000 square meters in a newly built and CO2-neutral battery factory. The manufacture and integration of complex battery systems is now one of Daimler's core competences.

The item "Another battery factory with a star" was added to the category News by Lars Wallerang on 05.04.2019 Short message, Batteries, Production, News, released.


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The industry uses water. Even the car production does not come without the use of H2O. But manufacturers have refined their efforts to conserve resources. The car manufacturer Seat, for example, has been implementing water-saving measures for many years as part of its environmental protection strategy.

This has already significantly reduced water consumption in the past eight years: in 2010, an average of 3.54 cubic meters of water were needed to produce a vehicle, compared to just 2.46 cubic meters last year. That corresponds to a water saving of almost 31 percent.

The highest water consumption has almost 50 percent of the total amount of the paint shop. Surface treatment of the bodywork, washing cabins in preparation for the paint and the actual paint consume this most wet. The small amount of paint that enters the water during spray painting of the vehicles is released from the water in a special treatment tank.

"Here, the paint is separated from the water in a chemical way," explains dr. Joan Carles Casas, Head of Plant Engineering at Seat. When the water has been cleaned, feed it back into the closed water circuit.

The article "Car production without waste of water" was on 03.04.2019 in the category Environment by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Environment, production, environment, released.


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Now it is official: car manufacturer Ford is the end of June 2019, the production of the family Vans C-Max and Grand C-Max. This has been decided by the Supervisory Board of Ford-Werke GmbH. This should increase efficiency and reduce structural costs, the company says. The location Saarlouis loses thereby the night shift. A total of 1,600 jobs will be lost, reports Saarländischer Rundfunk.

"The measures we have decided on represent an important step in delivering the products our customers want and securing a more competitive business," says Steven Armstrong, Chairman of FordWerke GmbH's Supervisory Board. They will continue to invest in the Ford Focus and all other products that will secure a healthy, profitable business for the future, Armstrong continues.

The Ford management had already informed the workforce in Saarlouis in December 2018 about the planned phasing out of the C-Max and Grand C-Max. The reason for this decision is the sharp decline in demand for multi-activity vehicles (MAV), it says.

"We have made a significant decision to shape the future of Ford together in Germany and in Europe," says Gunnar Herrmann, CEO of Ford-Werke GmbH. "We know about the big challenges ahead of us."

The personnel measures around the end of production at C-Max are part of the planned job cuts at Ford's German sites. As part of the restructuring, more than 5,000 jobs will be cut at the locations in Cologne and Saarlouis, says Ford.

The item "Ford: Aus für Familien-Van" was added to the category News by Ralf Loweg on 29/03/2019 Car, Van, Production, Plant, News, released.


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Due to the increased construction of electric cars are many manufacturers job cuts in the house. At Porsche, the situation seems different. "In just seven years, our workforce has more than doubled," says Porsche CEO Oliver Blume: And electric mobility is another job engine. Alone for the Taycan you create 1,500 new jobs. "We are starting a new era with our first all-electric sports car."

Porsche is very optimistic that the Taycan will be a success: "Already we have more than 20,000 serious prospective buyers." Porsche will therefore adjust the production capacities upwards.

The item "Porsche loads after" was added to the category Environment by Lars Wallerang on 15/03/2019Electromobility, Economy, Production, Newsflash, Environment,published.


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Volkswagen relents: In the area of ​​electromobility, the Wolfsburg plan to produce 22 million Stromern. In the next decade, VW plans to launch nearly 70 new e-models – instead of 50, as planned. As a result, the number of electric vehicles planned for the next decade, which are to be built on the group's E-platforms, is increasing by another 7 million from 15 million.

"Volkswagen assumes responsibility for the big issues of the future – especially in climate protection," says Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. Magabe are the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In the coming years, production and other stages of value creation will be adjusted step by step to CO2 neutrality. "This is how we make our contribution to limiting global warming," emphasizes the VW boss. Individual mobility should continue to be possible for millions of people in the future – safe, clean and connected.

The co-concept follows three principles: firstly the effective and sustainable reduction of CO2, secondly the conversion of the energy supply to renewable energies and thirdly the compensation of unavoidable, remaining emissions. In order to improve the vehicles' CO2 balance over the entire life cycle, Volkswagen is already using supply chains. For this purpose, you are currently designing a detailed roadmap. There is great potential for steel and aluminum supplies in particular, the group says.

By 2025, the CO2 footprint of the vehicle fleet is to be reduced by 30 percent compared to 2015 over its entire life cycle. Accordingly VW wants to electrify the vehicle portfolio and invested for it alone by 2023 more than 30 billion euro. The E-share in the fleet should rise to at least 40 percent by 2030.

The first e-cars of the new generation will go into production as early as this year: after the Audi e-tron, the Porsche Taycan will be among the customers. For both vehicles, according to the Group, there are reservations of 20,000 units each. And with the start of the Volkswagen ID. the electric car should also be accessible to broad sections of the population. Also in the first wave follow models of the subsidiaries Skoda and Seat.

In order to secure the electric offensive, strategic battery cell suppliers were selected with the companies LG Chem, SKI, CATL and Samsung. In view of the continuing increase in demand, Volkswagen is intensively examining participation in its own battery cell production in Europe. The solid-state battery should also open up great opportunities in the future. The goal is the industrialization of this technology together with the partner QuantumScape.

At the same time, the CO2 emissions of all plants are to be reduced by 50 percent compared to 2010 by 2025. For example, the conversion of the power station in Wolfsburg from coal to gas will bring 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually from 2023, predicts VW. The production of Audi in Brussels, for example, is already completely carbon-neutral.

The item "VW plans electrical summit storm" was added to the category Motorsport technology on 12.03.2019 by Lars WallerangElectromobility, Production, Environment, Emissions, Economy, Presentation,published.


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For World Women's Day car maker Seat underlines the important female contributions in the automotive industry. And there are many of them: rear-view mirrors, road markings and turn signals are inventions of women.

These pioneers have made a lasting impression on the automotive industry with their innovations and paved the way for future generations. Now, on International Women's Day, Seat introduces five women who, with their talent and courage, have revolutionized the world of automobiles.

If there is an inventor who unites creativity and determination, that's June McCarroll. The doctor was one day driven off the road in 1917 on her way to work in California. She realized that a dividing line in the middle of the street would have prevented this accident.

With her idea she fell on deaf ears at the local authorities, but McCarroll could not stop that. She painted a line by hand on a stretch of road and, in collaboration with a women's association, launched a campaign to expand this initiative.

This eventually led to the Californian authorities anchoring the idea in a law and delineating 5,600 road kilometers with a dividing line. Today, road markings are virtually required anywhere in the world.

A tombstone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery bears the inscription "The First Movie Star". It is the tombstone of Florence Lawrence, one of the most famous actresses at the beginning of the last century. She appeared in almost 300 films. Lawrence had other passions besides acting – her biggest was driving.

As a true car fan, she collected a variety of models and drove them not only, but also repaired and improved. Thanks to her creativity, she developed a swiveling sign that indicated the direction before turning, and a STOP sign that appeared when the driver was applying the brakes. These two inventions were the forerunners of today's turn signals and brake lights.

Alabama rancher and winemaker Mary Anderson visited New York City on a frosty winter day in 1902 with her daughter. During a taxi ride in heavy rain, she noticed that the driver had to stop again and again to remove ice and dirt from the windows. That brought her to the idea of ​​a windshield wiper. Back in Alabama, she and a designer developed a device manually hand-pushed from inside the car. She patented her invention, but found no buyer for it. Only after the expiry of the patent wiper were fitted as standard in most vehicles.

Journalist, author, women's activist and racing driver in every conceivable companion on land and sea: The British Dorothy Levitt has made history with a number of records, including a speed record from 1905: she drove a terrific 146 km / h in her roadster. With her driving skills, she made a career in the automotive world.

In addition, she is said to have taught Queen Alexandra to drive. In her 1909 book "The Woman and the Car," among other things, she advises female drivers to occasionally hold up a hand mirror to see what's going on behind them. With this, Levitt anticipated a key innovation for driving safety: the rear-view mirror that automakers adopted years later as standard equipment for all vehicles.

Seat itself also has women's power: Elvira Beloso, a long-time head of the press pool, eventually began to collect handpicked models, which in her opinion were of importance to the company's history. These include numerous first and last vehicles in a series, special models and vehicles with which officials were chauffeured or remember the special events.

Elvira Beloso placed these vehicles in isolated corners of the factory in the Zona Franca in Barcelona, ​​hoping that their historical value would one day be recognized. This day has come: Seat now has, thanks to Elvira Beloso, a collection of 317 historically significant vehicles in their original state.

The article "Mid-Special: Seat presents Women's Power" was published in the category News by Lars Wallerang on 08.03.2019 using the keywords History, Production, Culture, People, News, released.


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