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1980
Jan January
1980 Dakar Rally

1980 Dakar Rally

01 Jan 1980

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1980 Dakar Rally

In 1980, Volkswagen competes in the Paris-Dakar Rally with the Audi developed Iltis, placing 1st, 2nd, 4th and 9th overall.

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In 1980, Volkswagen competes in the Paris-Dakar Rally with the Audi developed Iltis, placing 1st, 2nd, 4th and 9th overall.
Golf Cabriolet Mk I

Golf Cabriolet Mk I

01 Jan 1980

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Golf Cabriolet Mk I

Exhibited for the first time in March 1979 at the Geneva Salon de l'Automobile, the Golf Cabriolet sparked rumours that the Beetle …

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Exhibited for the first time in March 1979 at the Geneva Salon de l'Automobile, the Golf Cabriolet sparked rumours that the Beetle Cabriolet was about to cease production (this actually occurred January 1980) - a difficult situation for the new soft-top Golf model, which had to be content with a powerful wave of nostalgia for the old Beetle Cabriolet. Common sense declared the Golf Cabriolet to be the more sensible, practical and safer of the two models. As time progresses, however, the Golf Cabriolet itself comes to be regarded as a fully viable substitute for the much loved older car, and by the time it is taken out of production in May 1993 no fewer than 388, 552 have been made.
Feb February
Volkswagen acquires Chrysler in Argentina

Volkswagen acquires Chrysler in Argentina

21 Feb 1980

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Volkswagen acquires Chrysler in Argentina

In order to strengthen its position on the unstable South American passenger vehicle and truck market, Volkswagen acquires "Chrysle…

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In order to strengthen its position on the unstable South American passenger vehicle and truck market, Volkswagen acquires "Chrysler Fevre Argentina S.A.I.C.," renamed "Volkswagen Argentina S.A." on 21 November, 1980. Production is moved from the San Justo plant to the sites in Pacheco and Monte Chingolo in 1987.
Mar March
Apr April
May May
The Formula E for eco driving

The Formula E for eco driving

08 May 1980

Innovation

The Formula E for eco driving

At the Energy Symposium in Wolfsburg, host Volkswagen presents the Formula E, a new energy saving reconfiguration of gear ranges no…

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At the Energy Symposium in Wolfsburg, host Volkswagen presents the Formula E, a new energy saving reconfiguration of gear ranges now available in practically every model. The third gear is designed to reach maximum speed, while the significantly reduced revs in fourth gear increase mileage per gallon. This innovation is a reaction to the high cost of energy after the oil crisis, provoking a change in attitude of the driving public who are demanding economical models while the market settles.
Volkswagen presents Formula E gear range

Volkswagen presents Formula E gear range

08 May 1980

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Volkswagen presents Formula E gear range

At the Energy Symposium in Wolfsburg, host Volkswagen presents the Formula E, a new energy saving reconfiguration of gear ranges no…

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At the Energy Symposium in Wolfsburg, host Volkswagen presents the Formula E, a new energy saving reconfiguration of gear ranges now available in practically every model. The third gear is designed to reach maximum speed, while the significantly reduced revs in fourth gear increase mileage per gallon. This innovation is a reaction to the high cost of energy after the second oil crisis, provoking a change in attitude on the part of many drivers who are demanding more economical models while the market for upper mid-class vehicles decreases worldwide.
Jun June
Volkswagen group confronts economic crisis

Volkswagen group confronts economic crisis

01 Jun 1980

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Volkswagen group confronts economic crisis

After a number of boom years, the Volkswagen Group is now confronted with a crisis that lasts until 1982. A worldwide decline in ve…

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After a number of boom years, the Volkswagen Group is now confronted with a crisis that lasts until 1982. A worldwide decline in vehicle sales, the demand from consumers for more economical vehicles and tough competition from Japanese manufacturers who increase their market share to 10% in Western Europe and to 20% in America in 1980, are factors that contribute to the crisis.
Jul July
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Sep September
Oct October
V.A.G UK established

V.A.G UK established

01 Oct 1980

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V.A.G UK established

The Volkswagen Audi organisation in Britain becomes known as V.A.G (United Kingdom) Limited

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The Volkswagen Audi organisation in Britain becomes known as V.A.G (United Kingdom) Limited
Second generation Passat in production

Second generation Passat in production

01 Oct 1980

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Second generation Passat in production

Production of the second Passat generation starts in Emden. The hatchback model and the Variant, which follow in November, are more…

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Production of the second Passat generation starts in Emden. The hatchback model and the Variant, which follow in November, are more elegant and roomier than their predecessors. Both models offer a variety of engines.
Passat B2

Passat B2

01 Oct 1980

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Passat B2

The second generation Passat started production in Emden in October 1980 until 31 March 1998 and was more elegant and roomier than …

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The second generation Passat started production in Emden in October 1980 until 31 March 1998 and was more elegant and roomier than the Mk I. It was a few inches longer and had a choice of 1.3-litre to 2.2-litre petrol engines and 1.6-litre to 2.2-litre diesel turbo engines, together with 4 or 5-speed manual, or 3-speed automatic transmissions. The Volkswagen's 4+E economy gearbox was also offered with some models. The range was facelifted slightly in 1985 introducing larger bumpers, a new grille and taillights, and some minor interior styling changes were made. The 2-door hatch was discontinued.
Nov November
Passat B2 Variant

Passat B2 Variant

01 Nov 1980

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Passat B2 Variant

The Variant was introduced in November 1980. The Variant Synchro, introduced in October 1984 until June 1988, with 115hp 2-litre en…

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The Variant was introduced in November 1980. The Variant Synchro, introduced in October 1984 until June 1988, with 115hp 2-litre engine, was the first Volkswagen passenger car with permanent four-wheel drive. This four-wheel drive system shared the Audi 80 Quattro mechanics and not the Golf Synchro.
Dec December
New coal energy plant built

New coal energy plant built

01 Dec 1980

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New coal energy plant built

In order to meet higher demands for electricity and heat from its regional customers, Volkswagen forms "VW Kraftwerk GmbH" in Wolfs…

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In order to meet higher demands for electricity and heat from its regional customers, Volkswagen forms "VW Kraftwerk GmbH" in Wolfsburg to build a new coal energy plant in December 1980. On February 25, 1985, the west power plant is completed, which, like the north and south power plants already built, works according to the power-heat-coupling system. They supply energy to the Wolfsburg factories, provide electricity for the city and desalinate water for the paint shop. Starting in 1993/94, the west power plant recycles old oil and paint residues to produce energy.
1980
1981
Jan January
Jean-Luc Thérier

Jean-Luc Thérier

01 Jan 1981

People

Jean-Luc Thérier

In 1981, Jean-Luc Thérier drove the Golf GTI for the first time.

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In 1981, Jean-Luc Thérier drove the Golf GTI for the first time.
Pentti Airikkala

Pentti Airikkala

01 Jan 1981

People

Pentti Airikkala

In 1981 The Flying Finn, Pentti, drove the Golf GTI for the first time.

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In 1981 The Flying Finn, Pentti, drove the Golf GTI for the first time.
UK fleet sales operation

UK fleet sales operation

01 Jan 1981

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UK fleet sales operation

Vince Kinner and Richard Stark set up a fleet sales department for Volkswagen cars and within two years there are about 6,000 units…

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Vince Kinner and Richard Stark set up a fleet sales department for Volkswagen cars and within two years there are about 6,000 units on the lease fleet.
Launch of first generation Golf in motorsport

Launch of first generation Golf in motorsport

01 Jan 1981

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Launch of first generation Golf in motorsport

In 1981, now based in Hanover, and renamed Volkswagen Motorsport, Volkswagen takes a new direction into rallying, with the launch o…

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In 1981, now based in Hanover, and renamed Volkswagen Motorsport, Volkswagen takes a new direction into rallying, with the launch of the first-generation Golf, and Sweden's Per Eklund, Frenchman Jean-Luc Thérier, and the Finn Pentti Airikkala. The final chapters in Volkswagen Racing UK's rallying story are the 'one-make' Castrol Polo Challenge, and the Polo GTI 'Super 1600' in 2001.
Polo Mk II

Polo Mk II

01 Jan 1981

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Polo Mk II

In 1981 the new Polo appears in dealers showrooms. Volkswagen strives to ensure the next-generation Polo has such important user be…

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In 1981 the new Polo appears in dealers showrooms. Volkswagen strives to ensure the next-generation Polo has such important user benefits as greater interior and more luggage space and an improved equipment specification compared with the sparse conditions previously. This model renewal boosts sales figures accordingly; from this point on deliveries of 150,000 to 160,000 cars per year become commonplace.
Polo Classic Mk II

Polo Classic Mk II

01 Jan 1981

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Polo Classic Mk II

The name 'Derby' was dropped in the UK after the Mk I and with the introduction of the Mk II Polo, the Derby becomes known as the P…

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The name 'Derby' was dropped in the UK after the Mk I and with the introduction of the Mk II Polo, the Derby becomes known as the Polo Classic. Polo Classics still retained some styling from the Derby.
Feb February
Mar March
Second generation Scirroco in production

Second generation Scirroco in production

01 Mar 1981

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Second generation Scirroco in production

The production of the second, rounder Scirocco generation marks the end of Volkswagen's use of the wedge shape that was common in e…

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The production of the second, rounder Scirocco generation marks the end of Volkswagen's use of the wedge shape that was common in earlier models.
Scirocco Mk II

Scirocco Mk II

01 Mar 1981

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Scirocco Mk II

The Mk II Scirocco marked the end of the wedge-shaped cars common in early models produced by Volkswagen and had a much rounder des…

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The Mk II Scirocco marked the end of the wedge-shaped cars common in early models produced by Volkswagen and had a much rounder design. This model had more passenger and luggage space and the option of four engines, including a 110 bhp GI model. A unique feature was a spoiler halfway up the glass on the rear hatch.
25th anniversary of the Volkswagen Hanover factory

25th anniversary of the Volkswagen Hanover factory

08 Mar 1981

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25th anniversary of the Volkswagen Hanover factory

The Volkswagen Hanover factory celebrates its 25th anniversary on 8th March: more than 5 million commercial vehicles have left the …

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The Volkswagen Hanover factory celebrates its 25th anniversary on 8th March: more than 5 million commercial vehicles have left the assembly line since the factory was opened. The water-cooled boxer engine and the modified diesel engine of the Golf created the urgently needed improvements to the Transporter. At that time, the decision-makers at Hanover were probably not even aware that the diesel unit would open up a completely new chapter in this success story.
Apr April
V.A.G France

V.A.G France

01 Apr 1981

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V.A.G France

The French sales organisation is renamed V.A.G France S.A. on April 30 1981.

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The French sales organisation is renamed V.A.G France S.A. on April 30 1981.
Volkswagen improves financial services in the USA

Volkswagen improves financial services in the USA

01 Apr 1981

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Volkswagen improves financial services in the USA

To improve the financial services for dealerships in the USA, the Volkswagen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary VW Credit, In…

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To improve the financial services for dealerships in the USA, the Volkswagen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary VW Credit, Inc. were set up in Troy, Michigan.
May May
V.A.G España, S.A established

V.A.G España, S.A established

01 May 1981

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V.A.G España, S.A established

After the Spanish government discontinued the quota system for imported vehicles in 1979, Volkswagen now establishes its own sales …

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After the Spanish government discontinued the quota system for imported vehicles in 1979, Volkswagen now establishes its own sales organisation. "V.A.G España, S.A.", in Madrid on July 1, 1981. It takes over the responsibilities of the former importers, which had also represented Daimler-Benz. V.A.G España operates successfully and increases its sales to 2,379 vehicles in 1982. In accordance with the co-operation agreement between Volkswagen and SEAT, Volkswagen's sales organisation is integrated into that of the Spanish manufacturer. Their extensive dealership network offers Volkswagens and Audi products in January 1983. At the same time V.A.G España, S.A. ceases operations.
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
The Santana is produced

The Santana is produced

01 Aug 1981

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The Santana is produced

The Santana, a luxuriously equipped mid-size model based on the Passat, goes into production.

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The Santana, a luxuriously equipped mid-size model based on the Passat, goes into production.
Second generation Polo begins production

Second generation Polo begins production

01 Aug 1981

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Second generation Polo begins production

The production of the second generation Polo begins in Wolfsburg, the interior and trunk space is increased as well as offering mor…

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The production of the second generation Polo begins in Wolfsburg, the interior and trunk space is increased as well as offering more standard equipment.
Santana

Santana

01 Aug 1981

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Santana

The Santana was a luxuriously equipped conventional saloon based on the Passat B2, introduced in August 1981 and produced until 198…

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The Santana was a luxuriously equipped conventional saloon based on the Passat B2, introduced in August 1981 and produced until 1985 for the European markets. The Volkswagen and Audi 5-cylinder petrol and diesel engines were also available for this model as well as the top of the range Passats. The Santana is still available in China, where production is due to finish in 2012.
Sep September
Auto 2000 for a greener future

Auto 2000 for a greener future

01 Sep 1981

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Auto 2000 for a greener future

At the International Motor Show, Volkswagen presents the "Auto 2000", a project funded by the Ministry of Research and Technology. …

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At the International Motor Show, Volkswagen presents the "Auto 2000", a project funded by the Ministry of Research and Technology. The 3-cylinder turbocharged, direct injection diesel engine with 45 hp has an average fuel consumption of only 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres at 120 kilometres per hour. This study is Volkswagen's contribution to the ecological debate, making energy conservation and a reduction of pollutants company policy.
Volkswagen presents the Auto 2000

Volkswagen presents the Auto 2000

01 Sep 1981

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Volkswagen presents the Auto 2000

At the International Motor Show, Volkswagen presents the "Auto 2000", a turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine. The project i…

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At the International Motor Show, Volkswagen presents the "Auto 2000", a turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine. The project is funded by the Ministry of Research and Technology. This study is Volkswagen's contribution to the ecological debate, making energy conservation and a reduction of pollutants company policy.
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December
Second generation Derby production

Second generation Derby production

01 Dec 1981

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Second generation Derby production

Production of the second generation Derby starts. As of January 1985 it is called the Polo Classic.

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Production of the second generation Derby starts. As of January 1985 it is called the Polo Classic.
Volkswagen GB sells 54,000 cars

Volkswagen GB sells 54,000 cars

31 Dec 1981

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Volkswagen GB sells 54,000 cars

Sales of Volkswagens in Britain rose from 29,000 in 1967 to 54,000 in 1981.

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Sales of Volkswagens in Britain rose from 29,000 in 1967 to 54,000 in 1981.
1981
1982
Jan January
Dr. Carl Horst Hahn

Dr. Carl Horst Hahn

01 Jan 1982

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Dr. Carl Horst Hahn

In 1982 Dr. Carl Horst Hahn was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the automotive concern Volkswagen Group. He served as the Chairman o…

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In 1982 Dr. Carl Horst Hahn was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the automotive concern Volkswagen Group. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Management of the group's parent company, Volkswagen AG (formerly Volkswagenwerk AG) from 1982 to 1993. During his tenure as Chairman, he expanded the group's car production from two million units in 1982 to 3.5 million a decade later.
V.A.G Sverige AB established

V.A.G Sverige AB established

01 Jan 1982

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V.A.G Sverige AB established

The Swedish Volkswagen company is renamed V.A.G Sverige AB.

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The Swedish Volkswagen company is renamed V.A.G Sverige AB.
Long-term crisis for Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd

Long-term crisis for Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd

01 Jan 1982

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Long-term crisis for Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd

A long-term crisis begins for Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd. Recession, restricted price competitiveness and a lack of support by the N…

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A long-term crisis begins for Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd. Recession, restricted price competitiveness and a lack of support by the Nigerian government, who introduce state controls on imports and production cuts on industries relying on imports, takes its toll. As a result, production is shut down several times during the 1980's due to a shortage of materials. In March 1990, Volkswagen decides to withdraw from business in Nigeria because a fulfilment of market potential is nowhere in sight.
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
New joint ventures for Volkswagen in Asia-Pacific regions

New joint ventures for Volkswagen in Asia-Pacific regions

01 Jun 1982

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New joint ventures for Volkswagen in Asia-Pacific regions

Volkswagen initiates a forward looking co-operative venture in the Asia-Pacific region, which draws attention to itself as a potent…

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Volkswagen initiates a forward looking co-operative venture in the Asia-Pacific region, which draws attention to itself as a potentially important export market due to its dynamic economic growth and lower production costs. Volkswagenwerk AG signs a cooperation agreement with the "Nissan Motor Co., Ltd." The co-operative agreement strengthens Volkswagen's presence on the Japanese market and gives the company the opportunity to observe the flexible and productive system set up by Japanese manufacturers. In order to help Nissan, Volkswagen forms a consulting company, "Volkswagen Asia Ltd.", which at the same time is responsible for ramping up the import business. Although Volkswagen Group rises to become the leading foreign vehicle importer in Japan, protectionist measures block further expansion. It is only after the Japanese market opened during the late 1980's that the requirements for a volume-oriented export strategy came into existence.
Trial assembly contract with China

Trial assembly contract with China

08 Jun 1982

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Trial assembly contract with China

A trial assembly contract with the "Shanghai Tractor & Automobile Corporation" is the beginning of the Volkswagen Group's involveme…

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A trial assembly contract with the "Shanghai Tractor & Automobile Corporation" is the beginning of the Volkswagen Group's involvement in the People's Republic of China. The goal of this cooperation is the establishment of a joint venture to produce the Santana.
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Cooperation agreement with SEAT

Cooperation agreement with SEAT

30 Sep 1982

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Cooperation agreement with SEAT

A cooperation with the "Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, SA" (SEAT) opens the way for Volkswagenwerk AG to enter the Ib…

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A cooperation with the "Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, SA" (SEAT) opens the way for Volkswagenwerk AG to enter the Iberian market. The Spanish vehicle manufacturer handles the sales of imported Volkswagen and Audi models with its own dealer network. Starting in early 1984 it produces licensed versions of the Passat and Polo. Transferring production of the Polo to Spain opens up capacity in Wolfsburg, augmenting the Golf production and helping Volkswagen to reach the top of the European automobile industry.
Oct October
New plastics factory opens

New plastics factory opens

01 Oct 1982

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New plastics factory opens

The Brunswick plant begins operating a plastics factory in addition to the manufacture of car parts, mechanical engineering and too…

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The Brunswick plant begins operating a plastics factory in addition to the manufacture of car parts, mechanical engineering and tool manufacturing. Fundamental to lightweight construction, plastics and aluminium are of growing importance to the automotive industry as the use of light-weight materials in engines, wheels and axles reduces the total weight of the vehicle and, in turn, fuel consumption.
Nov November
The 20 millionth Volkswagen

The 20 millionth Volkswagen

01 Nov 1982

Trivia

The 20 millionth Volkswagen

The 20 millionth vehicle produced at Wolfsburg is a Golf TD.

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The 20 millionth vehicle produced at Wolfsburg is a Golf TD.
Dec December
1982
1983
Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Golf Pirelli GTI special edition

Golf Pirelli GTI special edition

01 May 1983

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Golf Pirelli GTI special edition

In May 1983 the GTI Pirelli was based on the Mk I Golf and featured the distinctive Pirelli alloy wheels. The vehicle was instant h…

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In May 1983 the GTI Pirelli was based on the Mk I Golf and featured the distinctive Pirelli alloy wheels. The vehicle was instant hit with its planned production run of just 10,500 vehicles selling out in just six-months.
Jun June
Second generation Golf produced with robot technology

Second generation Golf produced with robot technology

01 Jun 1983

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Second generation Golf produced with robot technology

With the start of production of the second generation Golf in the specially built final assembly hall 54, the Volkswagen Group ente…

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With the start of production of the second generation Golf in the specially built final assembly hall 54, the Volkswagen Group enters a new technical era. For the first time robots are involved in building a vehicle that is designed for automated assembly. New concepts raise the level of automation to 25% and make ergonomic structuring of jobs necessary. Due to its softer, more elegant form, larger interior and reworked engine, the new Golf continues the sales successes of its predecessor.
First robots used in production

First robots used in production

01 Jun 1983

Innovation

First robots used in production

With the start of production of the second generation Golf in the specially-built final assembly hall 54, the Volkswagen Group ente…

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With the start of production of the second generation Golf in the specially-built final assembly hall 54, the Volkswagen Group enters a new technical era. For the first time robots are involved in building a vehicle that is designed for automated assembly. New concepts raise the level of automation to 25 percent and make ergonomic structuring of jobs necessary.
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Golf Mk II

Golf Mk II

01 Sep 1983

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Golf Mk II

The second Golf generation is unveiled in August 1983 and is an immediate favourite with journalists and the public. When deliverie…

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The second Golf generation is unveiled in August 1983 and is an immediate favourite with journalists and the public. When deliveries begin on September 10th, the dealers once again amass lengthy waiting lists.
Oct October
Nov November
The Caravelle MPV

The Caravelle MPV

07 Nov 1983

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The Caravelle MPV

This year marks a further milestone in the history of the Transporter. The "Caravelle" makes its appearance as a vehicle designed e…

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This year marks a further milestone in the history of the Transporter. The "Caravelle" makes its appearance as a vehicle designed entirely for comfortable passenger transport – an MPV, so to speak.
Dec December
Jetta Mk II

Jetta Mk II

01 Dec 1983

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Jetta Mk II

A new model Jetta was launched in 1984 with more space, improved dynamics and new engines including two diesels. In 1985 the Jetta …

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A new model Jetta was launched in 1984 with more space, improved dynamics and new engines including two diesels. In 1985 the Jetta became Volkswagen's top-selling European car and their best-selling model in North America.
"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH" is founded

"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH" is founded

20 Dec 1983

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"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH" is founded

"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH", founded with the participation of the city-state Berlin and the "Schle…

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"Volkswagen-Gesellschaft für Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH", founded with the participation of the city-state Berlin and the "Schleicher GmbH & Co. Relais-Werke KG", is entered into the commercial Register. Volkswagen has a 50% interest in the Berlin subsidiary, which concentrates on using the Group's expertise in the field of technical software. During the coming years the enterprise expands its services and customers base. The company, renamed "goads GmbH" on January 1, 1998, develops and implements systems solutions for the entire automobile and production industry. In 2000, goads rises to become the third largest German IT consulting company and one of the leading e-business systems integrators in Europe. goads GmbH is converted into a joint stock company on May 27, 2001, and is sold to the Telekom subsidiary T-systems on January 1, 2006.
1983
1984
Jan January
Golf GTI Mk II

Golf GTI Mk II

01 Jan 1984

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Golf GTI Mk II

In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off. A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112…

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In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off. A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112 PS and 114lbs ft of torque and new styling, evolved the GTI and saw it appeal to a new generation of fans. Sales of the Mk II GTI surpass those of the Mk I, peaking at 17,193 vehicles in 1989. In Germany a supercharged G60 version developing 160 PS goes on sale, an output that would not be bettered in a GTI until 2002.
Feb February
Research centre opens

Research centre opens

03 Feb 1984

Innovation

Research centre opens

The research centre opens at the plant in Wolfsburg concentrating over 600 employees under one roof. With the exception of the clim…

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The research centre opens at the plant in Wolfsburg concentrating over 600 employees under one roof. With the exception of the climatic wind tunnel and parts of central measuring technology, all areas of research are grouped together in the new, 15 thousand square metre building, equipped with state of the art technology.
Research centre opens

Research centre opens

03 Feb 1984

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Research centre opens

A research centre is opened at the plant in Wolfsburg with over 600 employees under one roof. With the exception of the climate win…

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A research centre is opened at the plant in Wolfsburg with over 600 employees under one roof. With the exception of the climate wind tunnel and parts of central measuring technology, all areas of research are grouped together in the new, 15 thousand square metre building equipped with state of the art technology.
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Oct October
Nov November
Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

01 Nov 1984

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Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

As a pioneer of this technology, Volkswagen reacts early to the demand for an environmentally friendly car. In 1984, Volkswagen off…

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As a pioneer of this technology, Volkswagen reacts early to the demand for an environmentally friendly car. In 1984, Volkswagen offers special conversion parts for all of its models, cutting hydrocarbon and nitrogen emissions by half. A newly developed micro catalytic converter makes the conversion of small capacity possible; a catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of exhaust emissions from an internal combustion engine. By November 1987, Volkswagen has completed the changeover of its production to catalytic converter technology. Since this time, all Volkswagen passenger cars equipped with petrol engines are available with catalytic converters. The decisive breakthrough would come in 1989 as Volkswagen premiered the first diesel engine with a catalytic converter. The 60 hp engine consumes only 4,6 litres per 100 kilometres. The turbo-charger optimises combustion, reducing soot emissions even at full speed.
Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

01 Nov 1984

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Volkswagen's catalytic converter for greener driving

As a pioneer of this technology, Volkswagen reacts early to the demand for an environmentally friendly car. In 1984, Volkswagen off…

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As a pioneer of this technology, Volkswagen reacts early to the demand for an environmentally friendly car. In 1984, Volkswagen offers special conversion parts for all of its models, cutting hydrocarbon and nitrogen emissions by half.
Dec December
1984
1985
Jan January
V.A.G UK established as lead car importer

V.A.G UK established as lead car importer

01 Jan 1985

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V.A.G UK established as lead car importer

In 1985, V.A.G UK sold 109,237 vehicles establishing itself as one of the leading importers of cars.

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In 1985, V.A.G UK sold 109,237 vehicles establishing itself as one of the leading importers of cars.
New distribution centre for Volkswagen

New distribution centre for Volkswagen

01 Jan 1985

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New distribution centre for Volkswagen

A new distribution centre is opened at Sandwich, close to Ramsgate. The older distribution centre had a capacity of 2,500 vehicles …

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A new distribution centre is opened at Sandwich, close to Ramsgate. The older distribution centre had a capacity of 2,500 vehicles whereas the new site can accommodate 7,000.
The Transporter is world champion

The Transporter is world champion

08 Jan 1985

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The Transporter is world champion

The 6,000,000th Transporter leaves the assembly line.

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The 6,000,000th Transporter leaves the assembly line.
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
Presentation of Transporter "syncro"

Presentation of Transporter "syncro"

07 Apr 1985

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Presentation of Transporter "syncro"

Presentation of the all-wheel drive Transporter "syncro", the parts for which are produced in Hanover for final assembly at the coo…

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Presentation of the all-wheel drive Transporter "syncro", the parts for which are produced in Hanover for final assembly at the cooperative partner Steyr Daimler Puch in Graz
Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company established

Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company established

20 Apr 1985

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Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company established

After many years of negotiations, an agreement signed in Beijing on 10 October 1984 opens the path to the establishment of the "Sha…

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After many years of negotiations, an agreement signed in Beijing on 10 October 1984 opens the path to the establishment of the "Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd.". Volkswagenwerk AG has a 50% share in the joint Chinese-German enterprise, which begins producing the Santana on September 1. A new paint shop would open in October 1989. The following year engine production would begin and the press shop start operations. In the course of expanding its capacity, Shanghai Volkswagen developed into China's largest and most modern passenger car plant.
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Volkswagenwerk renamed Volkswagen AG

Volkswagenwerk renamed Volkswagen AG

04 Jul 1985

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Volkswagenwerk renamed Volkswagen AG

The Annual shareholder's meeting decides to change the name of the company from "Volkswagenwerk AG" to "Volkswagen AG".

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The Annual shareholder's meeting decides to change the name of the company from "Volkswagenwerk AG" to "Volkswagen AG".
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Dec December
1985
1986
Jan January
World rally champions

World rally champions

01 Jan 1986

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World rally champions

On its 20th anniversary in 1986, Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson wins Volkswagen Motorsport the title of Group A World Rally Champions.

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On its 20th anniversary in 1986, Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson wins Volkswagen Motorsport the title of Group A World Rally Champions.
Walter Hiller

Walter Hiller

01 Jan 1986

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Walter Hiller

In 1986 Walter Hiller became Chairman of the Works Council.

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In 1986 Walter Hiller became Chairman of the Works Council.
Kenneth Eriksson

Kenneth Eriksson

01 Jan 1986

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Kenneth Eriksson

On its 20th anniversary in 1986, Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson wins Volkswagen Motorsport the title of Group A World Rally Champions.

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On its 20th anniversary in 1986, Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson wins Volkswagen Motorsport the title of Group A World Rally Champions.
Polo G40 Coupé

Polo G40 Coupé

01 Jan 1986

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Polo G40 Coupé

The original performance variant of the Polo which mixes a fast revving, 113 PS, supercharged engine with low kerb weight and sharp…

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The original performance variant of the Polo which mixes a fast revving, 113 PS, supercharged engine with low kerb weight and sharp responses.
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
Walter Hiller elected Chairman of the General Works Council

Walter Hiller elected Chairman of the General Works Council

24 Apr 1986

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Walter Hiller elected Chairman of the General Works Council

Walter Hiller is elected Chairman of the General Works Council and also assumes the post of Chairman of the Group Works Council on …

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Walter Hiller is elected Chairman of the General Works Council and also assumes the post of Chairman of the Group Works Council on 06 May 1986..
May May
Jun June
SEAT integrated into Volkswagen Group as third independent brand

SEAT integrated into Volkswagen Group as third independent brand

18 Jun 1986

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SEAT integrated into Volkswagen Group as third independent brand

After a period of successful cooperation, Volkswagen AG acquires 51% of the shares of the Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT, S.A…

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After a period of successful cooperation, Volkswagen AG acquires 51% of the shares of the Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT, S.A., at a cost off DM388 million, which is integrated into the Volkswagen Group as a third independent brand. Volkswagen hereby gains access to a new market, completes its sub-compact class product palette and stabilises its leadership position in Europe. The manufacture of SEAT models is concentrated on the Martorell site near Barcelona.
Holdings of Volkswagen of America reorganised

Holdings of Volkswagen of America reorganised

30 Jun 1986

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Holdings of Volkswagen of America reorganised

With the expansive development of the leasing business in North America and a bid to improve internal development, the holdings of …

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With the expansive development of the leasing business in North America and a bid to improve internal development, the holdings of Volkswagen of America, Inc. are reorganised. On June 30, the business of "Volkswagen Financial Corporation" is transferred to "VW Credit, Inc." and "Vorelco, Inc." is assumed by Volkswagen of America, Inc. on December 31.
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Oct October
Volkswagen forms cooperation with Ford in South America

Volkswagen forms cooperation with Ford in South America

01 Oct 1986

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Volkswagen forms cooperation with Ford in South America

South America's unstable economic development and high inflation results in losses for Volkswagen's Brazilian and Argentinean subsi…

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South America's unstable economic development and high inflation results in losses for Volkswagen's Brazilian and Argentinean subsidiaries. Volkswagen Brasil stops producing the Beetle in October 1986 as the government introduces price controls. In order to safeguard its involvement in South America without the necessity of making unlimited new investments and to reduce risk, a cooperation with Ford is agreed in October 1986. By establishing "AUTOLATINA", the two manufacturers combine their Brazilian activities under a joint holding company. Volkswagen takes responsibility for technical matters and Ford concentrates on financial matters. Both companies remain legally independent firms and continue operations for their own brands. The cooperation between Volkswagen and Ford results in a second joint venture in Portugal in 1991, where a capital and risk sharing enterprise would be set up to produce a multi-purpose vehicle for the European market. After the Brazilian market is opened for car imports, Ford and Volkswagen end their cooperation in April 1995: The contractual separation of the companies is completed on December 1 of the same year in Brazil and on January 1, 1996 in Argentina.
Nov November
Dec December
Volkswagen re-takes control of American distribution

Volkswagen re-takes control of American distribution

13 Dec 1986

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Volkswagen re-takes control of American distribution

Sales activity in America continues to fall during the mid 1980's and in an attempt to tighten sales activities in the United State…

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Sales activity in America continues to fall during the mid 1980's and in an attempt to tighten sales activities in the United States market, Volkswagen agrees with the Volkswagen and Audi distributor "Riviera Motors, Inc." in Oregon not to renew their distributor agreement. By taking over distribution, Volkswagen seeks greater influence over the market and dealer service activities in this region in an attempt to implement streamlining measures.
1986
1987
Jan January
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Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Volkswagen AG and Toyota build a 1-tonne pick-up

Volkswagen AG and Toyota build a 1-tonne pick-up

01 Jun 1987

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Volkswagen AG and Toyota build a 1-tonne pick-up

Volkswagen AG signs an agreement in principle with the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota for the construction of a 1-tonne pi…

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Volkswagen AG signs an agreement in principle with the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota for the construction of a 1-tonne pick-up. In January 1989, the results of this cooperative venture, the Taro and Hilux models, go into production in the Hanover plant.
Jul July
Dr Klaus Liesen

Dr Klaus Liesen

02 Jul 1987

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Dr Klaus Liesen

Dr. Klaus Liesen served as Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since 03 May 2006. From 02 July 1987 until 0…

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Dr. Klaus Liesen served as Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since 03 May 2006. From 02 July 1987 until 03 May 2006, he was Member of the Company's Supervisory Board.
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Dec December
Third generation Passat in production

Third generation Passat in production

01 Dec 1987

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Third generation Passat in production

Production of the third generation of the Passat sedan begins. The new Passat Variant goes into production three months later and m…

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Production of the third generation of the Passat sedan begins. The new Passat Variant goes into production three months later and maintains its position as one of the most popular family cars. Starting at the end of 1991 both models are also built by Volkswagen Bratislava.
Passat B3

Passat B3

01 Dec 1987

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Passat B3

Production of the third generation Passat Saloon (sedan) started in December 1987 retaining its position as one of the world's most…

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Production of the third generation Passat Saloon (sedan) started in December 1987 retaining its position as one of the world's most popular family cars. This was the first Passat to be built on a Volkswagen designed platform and was based on the Golf, but stretched in all directions. It used more efficient fuel injected 1.8 and 2-litre petrol engines and the new 2.8-litre VR6 was introduced in 1991. The 5,000,000 Passat was produced in June 1990.
1987
1988
Jan January
The Corrado sport coupé in standard production

The Corrado sport coupé in standard production

01 Jan 1988

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The Corrado sport coupé in standard production

The Corrado sport coupé with 160 hp goes into standard production and replaces the Scirocco in 1992.

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The Corrado sport coupé with 160 hp goes into standard production and replaces the Scirocco in 1992.
Corrado

Corrado

01 Jan 1988

Corrado

The Corrado, a 2+2 seater sports coupe starts production in January 1988 and replaced the Scirocco in 1992. It launches with a 1.8-…

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The Corrado, a 2+2 seater sports coupe starts production in January 1988 and replaced the Scirocco in 1992. It launches with a 1.8-litre petrol engine, the base model, and a supercharged version is marketed as the G60 soon after launch. Two new engines are introduced in 1992, a 2-litre and a 2.9-litre 190 bhp VR6. The VR6 was revolutionary as it was a compromise between straight and V, having only one cylinder head, meaning that it could take the same space as an in-line 4 cylinder engine. 6 "Campaign" cars were produced for the UK dealers in 1995 and a limited production of 500 of the VR6 Storm in 1998.
Feb February
Passat B3 Variant

Passat B3 Variant

01 Feb 1988

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Passat B3 Variant

The Passat Mk III Variant started production 3 months after the saloon.

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The Passat Mk III Variant started production 3 months after the saloon.
Mar March
The 50 millionth Volkswagen

The 50 millionth Volkswagen

01 Mar 1988

Trivia

The 50 millionth Volkswagen

The 50 millionth Volkswagen built since production began is a Golf CL.

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The 50 millionth Volkswagen built since production began is a Golf CL.
Apr April
May May
California

California

15 May 1988

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California

The “California” Volkswagen motorhome is presented.

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The “California” Volkswagen motorhome is presented.
Jun June
Jul July
Westmoreland plant closed

Westmoreland plant closed

01 Jul 1988

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Westmoreland plant closed

Sustained high financial losses and surplus capacity in the USA forces the closure of the Westmoreland plant, which is sold to the …

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Sustained high financial losses and surplus capacity in the USA forces the closure of the Westmoreland plant, which is sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in October 1990. The Mexican plant in Puebla is expanded and modernised to produce the Golf and Jetta for the US market. By the mid-1990s, the site has developed into a low-cost production location for exports to the United States which, together with Canada and Mexico, form a free trade zone in 1994.
Aug August
Chinese agreement for production of the Audi 100

Chinese agreement for production of the Audi 100

24 Aug 1988

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Chinese agreement for production of the Audi 100

Volkswagen signs a preliminary agreement with the Chinese automobile manufacturer "First Automobile Works" in Changchun regarding t…

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Volkswagen signs a preliminary agreement with the Chinese automobile manufacturer "First Automobile Works" in Changchun regarding the licensed production of the Audi 100.
Volkswagen supplies plants for GDR

Volkswagen supplies plants for GDR

31 Aug 1988

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Volkswagen supplies plants for GDR

Volkswagen supplies plants for the production of the four-stroke gasoline engine to the "VEB IFA-Kombinat Personenkraftwagen" in Ch…

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Volkswagen supplies plants for the production of the four-stroke gasoline engine to the "VEB IFA-Kombinat Personenkraftwagen" in Chemnitz (then Karl-Marx-Stadt in the German Democratic Republic) and receives units in turn from the engine factory.
Sep September
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Dec December
Michael Heelas retires

Michael Heelas retires

01 Dec 1988

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Michael Heelas retires

Micheal Heelas decides to retire from V.A.G UK at the end of 1988. By then, Volkswagen AG has made it clear to Lonrho that it inten…

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Micheal Heelas decides to retire from V.A.G UK at the end of 1988. By then, Volkswagen AG has made it clear to Lonrho that it intends to take over V.A.G. UK.
1988
1989
Jan January
TDI Pumpe Düse or "unit injector" technology

TDI Pumpe Düse or "unit injector" technology

01 Jan 1989

Innovation

TDI Pumpe Düse or "unit injector" technology

Volkswagen develops its diesel technology. Compared with more widespread common rail systems, TDI Pumpe Düse (PD) injects fuel at a…

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Volkswagen develops its diesel technology. Compared with more widespread common rail systems, TDI Pumpe Düse (PD) injects fuel at a much greater pressure, which leads to unrivalled power outputs along with highly competitive fuel economy. Unit injector fuel systems are being used on a wide variety of vehicles and engines. The Volkswagen Group mainstream marques use unit injector systems, branded Pumpe Düse, in their Suction Diesel Injection SDI and Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engines. The first Volkswagen Group TDI engine was the Audi-developed 2.5 litre R5 TDI - an inline five-cylinder engine (R5), introduced in the Audi 100 in 1989 and this variant is still used today in Volkswagen Marine applications.
Richard Ide

Richard Ide

01 Jan 1989

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Richard Ide

Joined as Managing Director of the Volkswagen Group in the UK in 1989.

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Joined as Managing Director of the Volkswagen Group in the UK in 1989.
Richard Ide as Managing Director of V.A.G UK

Richard Ide as Managing Director of V.A.G UK

01 Jan 1989

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Richard Ide as Managing Director of V.A.G UK

Richard Ide is appointed to the role of Managing Director of V.A.G. UK. It's believed he has the skills to carry out radical change…

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Richard Ide is appointed to the role of Managing Director of V.A.G. UK. It's believed he has the skills to carry out radical changes in the UK including the factory taking ownership of the UK importer, improving market share which at 4%, is the lowest in Europe, taking control of the spiralling staff cost and reducing the cost of importing vehicles to the UK.
V.A.G UK builds training site

V.A.G UK builds training site

01 Jan 1989

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V.A.G UK builds training site

V.A.G UK limited takes over a site in Wymbush, Milton Keynes and builds a £3.5 million training centre. This is followed by a £5.7 …

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V.A.G UK limited takes over a site in Wymbush, Milton Keynes and builds a £3.5 million training centre. This is followed by a £5.7 million warehouse development on the same site.
Feb February
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Sep September
Oct October
Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K. creates new Japanese systems

Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K. creates new Japanese systems

01 Oct 1989

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Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K. creates new Japanese systems

The consulting company "Volkswagen Asia Ltd.", is reorganised under the name "Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K.". With the appointment of…

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The consulting company "Volkswagen Asia Ltd.", is reorganised under the name "Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K.". With the appointment of the first direct dealers in November 1990, Volkswagen starts organising its own distribution system in Japan. Volkswagen's strategy is to increase sales and exports by opening the Japanese market. For an interim period, Volkswagen Audi Nippon K.K. organises the import of Volkswagens along with the Japanese company Yanese, taking over sole authority on January 1, 1993. The Volkswagen and Audi dealership network encompasses 70 firms at this time. Shortly after, the sales company acquires a majority interest in the former Renault importer "JAX Co. Ltd." in order to strengthen its dealership network in the Greater Tokyo area.
Nov November
Dec December
Volkswagen AG expands into former East Germany

Volkswagen AG expands into former East Germany

01 Dec 1989

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Volkswagen AG expands into former East Germany

The collapse of socialist-planned economies in Eastern Europe offers an unexpected direction for the expansion of the Wolfsburg com…

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The collapse of socialist-planned economies in Eastern Europe offers an unexpected direction for the expansion of the Wolfsburg company. Immediately after the Wall comes down in November 1989, Volkswagen enters into negotiations with the automobile industry in Saxony. Together with the "IFA-Kombinat Personenkraftwagen" Volkswagen forms a planning company in December 1989, to prepare for the development and production of an internationally competitive vehicle. In anticipation of the large demand for western passenger cars Volkswagen invests in expanding production in Mosel, Chemnitz and Eisenach as their technical standards and capacities fall short of the requirements of efficient mass production. A modern assembly plant is built in Mosel with a capacity of 250,000 vehicles a year. The factory in Chemnitz supplies engines and cylinder heads are manufactured in Eisenach.
The third generation of Transporters built

The third generation of Transporters built

11 Dec 1989

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The third generation of Transporters built

A total of 1,227,669 third generation Transporters is built.

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A total of 1,227,669 third generation Transporters is built.
1989