2011 Volkswagen Passat Production
World premiere of the largest Passat ever!
Completely redesigned Passat is built in America
4.87-metre Passat to launch in mid-August in the 20,000 dollar price range
Three engines with 140 PS, 170 PS and 280 PS; TDI Boosts fuel economy to 43 mpg
De Silva (Italian) and Bischoff (German) created new Passat design
Wolfsburg/Herndon/Detroit, January 2011. The Jetta -- its latest version
has been tailored more than ever to the USA -- is the most successful
car in America with German technology on-board. Now, that best-seller
is being followed by the world premiere of a car in the next class up
− another model that Volkswagen has specifically developed for the
United States: the entirely new Passat. Larger, more comfortable, more
efficient and with higher quality than ever. The car's technology and
styling originate from Germany, while Volkswagen of America provided
the conceptual direction. The saloon will be built in the new US plant
in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Market launch begins in mid-August with
advance sales already beginning in mid-July. Even the base version is
driven by a powerful 125 kW /170 PS five-cylinder petrol engine. The
other engines being offered are an extremely economical Clean Diesel
(103 kW /140 PS) and an exceptionally responsive six-cylinder petrol
engine (206 kW/280 PS).
Although the new Passat offers considerably more space and comfort,
Volkswagen was able to reduce the price level by several thousand
dollars (!) compared to the previous model. The future entry- level price
will be in the 20,000 US dollar range (final prices to be announced in
March). There is hardly any other saloon of this size (exactly 191.7 inches
or 4,868 mm long) that offers such high technology and quality at a
comparable price. At the same time, the new Passat sets benchmarks in
safety, comfort and environmental friendliness. Safety: a tyre pressure
monitoring system, ESP electronic stabilisation programme, ABS
with braking assistant, Hill Climb Assist (with manual transmission
and DSG), six airbags and an extremely safe body structure combine
to form an effective occupant protection system. Comfort: here it is the significantly larger rear seating area, perfectly designed controls
and superior long-distance touring properties that set the new Passat
apart from the competition. Eco friendly: as a Passat TDI, the very quiet
saloon achieves 43-mpg fuel economy -- the best value in its class!
three engines and the world's most efficient automatic
Other decisive factors in the car's global success are the exceptionally
fuel-efficient engines and transmissions from Volkswagen. These hightech
components are found in the new Passat as well. It is powered by
one of three torque-strong engines, all developed in Germany.
2.5-litre five-cylinder engine with 170 PS: It all begins with a
125 kW/170 PS (at 5,700 rpm) five-cylinder engine, which is being used
for the first time in the Passat. With manual transmission, it accelerates
the saloon to 60 mph in just 8.2 seconds. Volkswagen of America expects
that about two-thirds of Passat customers will choose this engine,
which is as torque-strong (maximum 240 Newton metres at 4,250 rpm)
as it is fuel-efficient (32 mpg extra urban). As an alternative, the 2.5 MPI
may be paired with a 6-speed automatic. In this case, fuel economy is
31 mpg; this automatic transmission version completes the sprint to
60 mph in 8.7 seconds.
3.6-litre six-cylinder engine with 280 PS: A masterpiece of an entirely
different kind is the six-cylinder engine with 206 kW /280 PS (at
6,200 rpm) and a maximum torque of 350 Newton metres (from 2,500
to 5,000 rpm); the 3.6-litre V6 makes the new Passat a top-flight
sports saloon that accelerates to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, offers
luxury class driving comfort and shows European-type restraint in its
fuel consumption, attaining 28 mpg (extra urban). Changing gear on
this top model is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG; the dual-clutch
transmission is considered the most efficient automatic in the world.
2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 140 PS: Also very popular between
New York and San Francisco are the brand's fuel-efficient high-tech
turbodiesels (TDI / Clean Diesel). They are among the cleanest diesel
engines in the world, fulfilling emissions requirements for all 50 US
states. In the new Passat a TDI with 103 kW /140 PS (at 4,000 rpm)
provides the driving power. Emissions control is handled by an oxidation
catalytic converter, particulate filter and SCR catalytic converter. The Passat TDI's SCR catalytic converter converts nitrogen oxides (NOX)
into nitrogen and water using the additive AdBlue.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing New Civic 2012
Honda celebrates the start of New Civic Production and announces 500 new jobs as Swindon plant doubles production volume
Honda today starts the mass production of the New Civic as normal production resumes at its Swindon car plant, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), announcing the creation of 500 new jobs to meet a forecasted production increase in 2012.
Honda Motor Europe President Manabu Nishimae speaking at the ceremony said Honda remained totally committed to building cars and engines in Europe with Swindon at the heart of Honda's European manufacturing activities and this is further demonstrated today with the launch of the New Civic. He added that Honda in Europe had turned a corner with a significant production increase expected in 2012.
Announcing 500 new jobs, HUM Director, Andy Piatek said that Car Plant 2 would return to a two shift operation in the late Spring of next year creating a need for the new jobs in addition to the current 3,000 Associates. Recruitment will start immediately through HUM's dedicated website www.hondamanufacturingcareers.co.uk.
During his speech to Honda Associates, Honda Motor Europe President Mr Nishimae acknowledged the workforces' resilience, "The last three years have been extremely difficult for all of Honda's European operations. We have faced many challenges beginning with the economic downturn through to the two natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Throughout this period Associates have remained committed and I am extremely proud of how they have responded to these challenges. We will build upon our new found strength and remain confident of our ability to achieve and succeed in the future."
Commenting on Honda's announcement, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "This is great news and a tremendous Boost to the workforce, the car industry and UK manufacturing. Honda is contributing to a real renaissance in the UK automotive industry, we have a highly skilled workforce and we continue to be at the forefront of new technology and development. Its success is of great importance to our economy and we are committed to do all that we can to see this vital industry grow and thrive."
Business Minister Mark Prisk added, "Today's announcement of the creation of 500 new jobs on the day that production started on the next generation of the Civic hatchback is a clear demonstration of Honda's continued commitment to the UK.
"It is a huge vote of confidence in the skills of the Swindon workforce and the current strength of the automotive sector. The decision reinforces the message that the UK remains a great place to manufacture high quality products."
Adding to the new Civic and the already successful Jazz, next year will see the mass production launch of the new European CR-V along with the production introduction of a small diesel engine also to be produced at Swindon. Production volume of cars for 2012 is forecast to double to 180,000 units.
2012 Volkswagen Up! Testing Area
To the point: up! -- Driving Presentation
A new Volkswagen for under 10,000 euros:
Small up! shows charisma of a future bestseller
The up! is as new as a vehicle can be: new styling, new technology, new financing options
up! with 60 PS and BlueMotion Technology only consumes 4.2 l/100 km
Wolfsburg / Rome, 10 October 2011 - Volkswagen is launching a new small car: the up!. A city specialist for many of the world's countries. A car with charisma and great potential. In Germany -- the debut market -- advance orders are already being taken for the new up! with prices starting at 9,850 euros. The new Volkswagen will officially launch in successive steps beginning in late December.
3 impressive equipment versions and 2 exclusive models
Three equipment versions are offered for different budgets and needs: take up! is the entry-level version, move up! the convenience-oriented model, and high up! is the top version. At market launch there will also be two upgraded models based on the high up!: the up! black and up! white.
2 petrol engines with 4.2 and 4.3 litre fuel economy
On a minimal footprint (3.54 metres long), the up! offers maximum space for 4 people and highly efficient powertrain technologies. Making its debut in the up! is a new generation of three-cylinder engines. The petrol engines have power outputs of 44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS, fulfil the Euro 5 emissions standard and drive the front wheels. Combined fuel consumption values for the BlueMotion Technology version (with such features as a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance): 4.2 l/100 km (60 PS) and 4.3 l/100 km (75 PS). Both 1.0-litre engines satisfy the 100 g/km CO2 emissions limit.
Natural gas engine sets record values for sustainability
A natural gas engine with 50 kW / 68 PS will follow with the same basic technology as the petrol engines. This up! EcoFuel BlueMotion Technology will attain a groundbreaking low CO2 value of 79 g/km. At the IAA in Frankfurt, Volkswagen presented a nearly production-ready concept of this extremely clean natural gas version -- the eco-up!. There are also firm plans for an up! with an electric drive in 2013, and a study of the up! Blue-e-Motion was shown at the IAA in September as well. Just as new as the engines are the car's two new 5-speed gearboxes (one manual and one automatic version); they are among the lightest of their types in the world.
World's first small car with City Emergency Braking
The entirely new up! is also the first car in its class in the world to have a City Emergency Braking function, which automatically brakes the car over a speed range from 5 to 30 km/h, when traffic gets tight.
Debut of the multi-talented maps+more system
Another entirely new feature appearing for the first time in a Volkswagen is the maps+more system -- a portable touchscreen module. It contains a navigation system, hands-free telephone unit, display of factual information related to the vehicle and a media player. In addition, it will now be possible to use apps to tailor maps+more to a driver's highly individualised personal requirements profile. maps+more is snapped into place above the centre console where it interfaces with the electronics network of the up!. In the economically priced up!, a system was developed for organising the areas of navigation, telephone, information and entertainment that is just as economical. The portable device was also designed so that it could be brought up to the latest software levels via a simple update. In cooperation with Navigon, one of the world's leading suppliers of portable navigation systems, the special solution maps+more was created; it is tailored to the up! and is affordable for all buyers.
VW Golf Mk 7 Production, Wolfsburg plant, 2013
Footage of VW Golf production at the Wolfsburg plant.
Watch all VW Golfs, from Mk1 to Mk 6, being built: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0FLhr3ywGI&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL0GD-wY8tLczygYJgH8zOqN9ccbypWLvc
Audi Hungaria Motor Kft / Production - Gyor Hungary
http://www.eurocarnews.com - Audi AG - Engine production in Győr already began in late 1993 with pre-series production. The engine plant was officially opened in October 1994. In opening this plant, Audi not only safeguarded its international competitiveness, it also created a strategic base in Hungary that increasingly gained in importance. Győr now produces almost the entire range of Audi engines.
Engine production started with the four-cylinder five-valve engine with a displacement of 1.8 liters, in both naturally aspirated and turbo versions. V6 engines with a displacement of 2.4, 2.7, 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2 liters have also been built at Győr since 1998. The volume production of 4.2-liter eight-cylinder engines was started at the end of 1997. By this time, diesel engines with pump-injector technology were also produced at the Győr site.
The product range was expanded in 2002 with a new generation of engines featuring FSI gasoline direct injection; the connecting rod production line for four-cylinder diesel engines began operation two years later. In April 2006, Audi Hungaria brought a particularly powerful engine onto the market -- the 5.2-liter ten-cylinder gasoline engine with FSI technology. Another milestone followed that same year: The company presented the Audi Valvelift System -- a future-oriented, highly efficient and at the same time surprisingly simple valve-control technology.
Audi Q3 Production at the SEAT factory in Martorell Spain
The official start of production for the Audi Q3 has begun. Starting today, the compact SUV with the four rings will be built at the SEAT factory in Martorell, located in Spain's Catalonia region. Approximately 100,000 Q3 units are slated to leave the three-shift assembly line each year. Audi and SEAT together have invested around €330 million in infrastructure and ultra-modern production facilities.
Mercedes Benz Factory
Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen: Bremen plant to produce additional model of the C Class model range as of 2011
• Development as a competence centre: Bremen plant expanding production operations to include Coupé of the C-Class
• New variant to be produced in addition to the C-Class Saloon, the C-Class Estate and the GLK as of 2011
• Flexible production: Coupé to be produced with three existing models on a single line
Peter Schabert, Head of the Bremen plant: "Decision another milestone on our way to becoming the C-Class competence centre and a clear sign of trust in Bremen team's capabilities and standards."
Bremen - The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen is gearing up for the production of a fourth model of the high-volume C-Class model range. As of 2011, a Coupé will be added to a flexible production line, which already produces the three existing models. This will be a new addition to Bremen's current production portfolio in the C-Class segment, comprising the Saloon, the Estate and the compact GLK sport utility vehicle (SUV).
"The decision by the Board of Management to produce the Coupé version of the current C-Class here in Bremen as well represents another important milestone on our way to becoming Mercedes' competence centre for the C-Class and is a clear sign of the trust in the Bremen team's capabilities and standards," says Peter Schabert, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.
The Bremen plant is developed into the worldwide competence centre for the high-volume C-Class model series. Allocating production of the new Coupé to the plant is in keeping with this strategy. As announced in December 2009, the launch of the next generation of the C-Class at the plant as of 2014 will see production of the C-Class Saloon for markets in Europe concentrated at a single location together with the production of the other C-Class model variants.
The Bremen plant is already demonstrating the flexibility of its production operations by producing three models (C-Class Saloon, C-Class Estate and GLK) on a single assembly line. The vehicles are able to pass along the assembly line in any conceivable order precisely as customer orders require, irrespective of model, variant (right- or left-hand drive, all-wheel or rear-wheel drive) and equipment. From 2011 the Bremen plant will be integrating a fourth model into the production process in the guise of the Coupé, demonstrating the plant's flexibility once again.
Production portfolio of the Bremen plant.
In addition to the models of the C-Class model series, vehicles belonging to the E-Class are also produced in Bremen, with the Coupé and Cabrio running in flexible configuration on a single production line. The roadsters of the SL- and SLK-Class are also produced exclusively in Bremen. With a workforce of around 12,600, the Mercedes-Benz plant is the largest private-sector employer in the region.
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Volkswagen Total Vehicle Recycling
http://www.eurocarnews.com - Pioneering recycling strategy The Volkswagen-SiCon process
The much-acclaimed Volkswagen-SiCon process recovers materials from end-of-life vehicles for use as a valuable source of raw materials. Following treatment, hard plastics, rubber, textiles, glass and metal residues replace primary raw materials and thus contribute to protecting natural resources. Apart from the ecological aspect, this process presents an economically attractive alternative for secondary raw material users as raw material prices continue to rise.
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stacking cars waiting for customers to pick them up
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