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1990
Jan January
V.A.G Transport GmbH & Co. OHG formed

V.A.G Transport GmbH & Co. OHG formed

01 Jan 1990

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V.A.G Transport GmbH & Co. OHG formed

The Volkswagen Group restructures its transport business by forming "V.A.G Transport GmbH & Co. OHG", which now takes over function…

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The Volkswagen Group restructures its transport business by forming "V.A.G Transport GmbH & Co. OHG", which now takes over functions previously carried out by Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and V.A.G Transport GmbH. Volkswagen has an 81% interest in the company and Audi has 19%. V.A.G Transport GmbH carries out management responsibilities.
Klaus Volkert

Klaus Volkert

01 Jan 1990

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Klaus Volkert

In 1990 Klaus Volkert was elected Chairman of the General and Group Works Council. He was initially elected Chairman of the Works C…

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In 1990 Klaus Volkert was elected Chairman of the General and Group Works Council. He was initially elected Chairman of the Works Council for Volkswagen AG and was also a founding member as Chairman of the Volkswagen European Group Works Council, and became president in 1992. He was also a founding member of the Volkswagen Group Global Works Council, of which he was president in 1999. As council chairman, his main aim was to secure employment with new contracts, which attracted nationwide attention. In 1993 he introduced the "four-day week" where all parties agreed that VW employees would accept a reduction of approximately 15% of their wages, and thus 30,000 jobs were secured. In 2001, Volkswagen and IG Metall (the German engineering union) agreed on the so-called '5,000 by 5,000' wage scheme as a result of which production of the new VW Touran remained in Germany.
The fourth generation of Transporters

The fourth generation of Transporters

06 Jan 1990

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The fourth generation of Transporters

Production of the fourth generation of Transporters (T4) begins on 6th January. The new concept is similarly revolutionary as the c…

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Production of the fourth generation of Transporters (T4) begins on 6th January. The new concept is similarly revolutionary as the change from the Beetle to the Golf was: front engine, front-wheel drive ("pulling principle") with a water-cooled in-line engine of 45 to 81 kW fitted transversely to the direction of travel, new double wishbone front axle, semi-trailing arm rear axle.
Feb February
SEAT S.A. acquires SEAT Consessionaires (UK) Limited

SEAT S.A. acquires SEAT Consessionaires (UK) Limited

07 Feb 1990

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SEAT S.A. acquires SEAT Consessionaires (UK) Limited

SEAT S.A. acquires SEAT concessionaires (UK) Limited from Lonrho, renaming it SEAT (UK) Limited.

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SEAT S.A. acquires SEAT concessionaires (UK) Limited from Lonrho, renaming it SEAT (UK) Limited.
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
V.A.G Kredit Bank moves to direct banking business

V.A.G Kredit Bank moves to direct banking business

14 Jun 1990

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V.A.G Kredit Bank moves to direct banking business

The renaming of the V.A.G Kredit Bank GmbH into "V.A.G Bank GmbH" signals the move into the direct banking business, which takes it…

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The renaming of the V.A.G Kredit Bank GmbH into "V.A.G Bank GmbH" signals the move into the direct banking business, which takes its place next to the classic dealership and customer financing activities. In November 1990, it offers in conjunction with the Volkswagen/Audi Card System for the first time in Germany both leading credit cards, EUROCARD and VISA, in a single package. The product portfolio of Volkswagen's financial services subsidiary, which is renamed "Volkswagen Bank GmbH" on December 14, 1994 and is successively expanded to include installment plans for external customers and AutoCredit, which would be introduced in 1995. The low monthly payment plan carries the option of returning the vehicle at the end of the contract period, making the final payment of contract or renewal. In 1999, Volkswagen Bank expands its operations further providing mortgages and investment fund services.
Jul July
Aug August
Volkswagen Group's European Works Council

Volkswagen Group's European Works Council

31 Aug 1990

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Volkswagen Group's European Works Council

The Volkswagen Group sets up a European Works Council, which is made up of employee representatives from Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, SE…

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The Volkswagen Group sets up a European Works Council, which is made up of employee representatives from Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, SEAT S.A. and Volkswagen Bruxelles S.A. The contract between the employee representatives and the Group's management is signed on February 7, 1992. The European Works Council is an innovation in the automobile industry.
Sep September
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Nov November
Dec December
East German factories improved

East German factories improved

01 Dec 1990

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East German factories improved

To establish an efficient production location in former East Germany Volkswagen IFA-PKW GmbH becomes "Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH". The…

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To establish an efficient production location in former East Germany Volkswagen IFA-PKW GmbH becomes "Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH". The company is responsible for expanding capacity in Mosel and bringing the technical standards of the East German factories up to the level required for efficient mass production.
Skoda becomes fourth independent brand for Volkswagen Group

Skoda becomes fourth independent brand for Volkswagen Group

10 Dec 1990

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Skoda becomes fourth independent brand for Volkswagen Group

The Czech government awards Volkswagen AG the rights to acquire 100% of "Skoda, automobiloví a.s.", an automobile manufacturer rich…

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The Czech government awards Volkswagen AG the rights to acquire 100% of "Skoda, automobiloví a.s.", an automobile manufacturer rich in tradition, which provides Volkswagen with excellent access to the automobile markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Skoda, which is located in Mladá Boleslav, has a highly qualified workforce and a yearly capacity of 190,000 vehicles. On April 16, 1991, it joins the Volkswagen Group as its fourth independent brand.
1990
1991
Jan January
Brand management boards created

Brand management boards created

01 Jan 1991

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Brand management boards created

The organisational structure of the Volkswagen Group is adapted to reflect the brand alliance. New brand management boards whose ch…

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The organisational structure of the Volkswagen Group is adapted to reflect the brand alliance. New brand management boards whose chairmen are integrated in the Group management body, are responsible for day-to-day operations at the four brands of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda.
Golf GTI Mk III

Golf GTI Mk III

01 Jan 1991

Our Cars

Golf GTI Mk III

In 1991 the Mk III GTI is launched, bringing with it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous…

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In 1991 the Mk III GTI is launched, bringing with it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous Mk I and Mk II models. In 1993 the GTI came fitted with a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine, raising the power output from 115 PS in the eight-valve model up to a more substantial 150 PS and 133lbs ft of torque to drop the 0-60 mph time to 8.3 seconds and raise the top speed to 133 mph.
Vento

Vento

01 Jan 1991

Our Cars

Vento

The Jetta name was dropped in Europe and the car was renamed the Vento, although Jetta was retained in North America. The 2-door mo…

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The Jetta name was dropped in Europe and the car was renamed the Vento, although Jetta was retained in North America. The 2-door model was dropped and improved aerodynamics and more environmentally friendly use of recycled plastics and other materials featured in this edition. It incorporated a high level of safety features in order to comply with both European and North American requirements.
Feb February
Volkswagen AG acquires second Chinese base

Volkswagen AG acquires second Chinese base

06 Feb 1991

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Volkswagen AG acquires second Chinese base

Volkswagen AG acquires a second base in China. "FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd." is formed in Changchun, a joint venture wh…

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Volkswagen AG acquires a second base in China. "FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd." is formed in Changchun, a joint venture which has grown out of the cooperation with the "FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd." after 1988. Volkswagen AG has a 40% interest in the new firm, with which the Group intends to improve its position in China and to assure it of an economical production base in Asia. The Jetta is initially assembled from imported parts, but by the end of 1994 a newly constructed plant with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles begins producing the Jetta. Two years later, transmission and engine production go into operation which supplies the Group within China and also exports to Germany.
Mar March
Volkswagen Group, Europe's leading financial services provider

Volkswagen Group, Europe's leading financial services provider

01 Mar 1991

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Volkswagen Group, Europe's leading financial services provider

Volkswagen restructures its financial services and combines them to form a single firm, "Volkswagen Finanz GmbH". The amalgamation …

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Volkswagen restructures its financial services and combines them to form a single firm, "Volkswagen Finanz GmbH". The amalgamation of the leasing and banking business lies at the core of this reorganisation, which is aimed at achieving synergy in external services. The capital of both companies is transferred to Volkswagen Finanz GmbH, which now assumes all responsibilities previously undertaken by the V.A.G Leasing GmbH as well as the sales and marketing activities of the V.A.G Bank. The Volkswagen Group becomes Europe's leading provider of financial services and generates 25% of the Group's total income.
North American region formed

North American region formed

01 Mar 1991

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North American region formed

In the course of streamlining its overseas operations, the Volkswagen Group groups its production and sales activities by combining…

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In the course of streamlining its overseas operations, the Volkswagen Group groups its production and sales activities by combining sites in the United States, Canada and Mexico to form the "North American Region" (NAR). In 1993, the "South America/Africa Region" is formed and regional management carries out day-to-day operations, while the accountable board members are in charge of reorganisation and the strategic coordination of the regions.
Apr April
May May
Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s. r. O established

Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s. r. O established

30 May 1991

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Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s. r. O established

Volkswagen AG puts the finishing touches to its involvement in the Czech and Slovakian Federal Republic. An agreement concerning co…

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Volkswagen AG puts the finishing touches to its involvement in the Czech and Slovakian Federal Republic. An agreement concerning cooperation with the automobile manufacturer "Bratislavské automobilové závody" concluded with the Slovakian government on March 12, 1991 leads to the establishment of "Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s. r. o.". Volkswagen takes over the production complex with a fully developed infrastructure and starts producing Passat models there in December 1991. Sole production of the Golf syncro is transferred to Volkswagen Bratislava in 1995 following expansion of production capacity and construction of a gearbox plant, with the start-up of the Golf 4 production in 1997. On January 1, 1999 the Slovakian subsidiary merges with "Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s." established on December 7, 1998.
Jun June
Jul July
Golf Mk III sets new safety and environmental standards

Golf Mk III sets new safety and environmental standards

01 Jul 1991

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Golf Mk III sets new safety and environmental standards

Volkswagen starts with the production of the third generation Golf. The new Golf sets higher safety standards, with side protection…

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Volkswagen starts with the production of the third generation Golf. The new Golf sets higher safety standards, with side protection, reinforced door sills, an additional safety traverse below the dashboard and mash seam welding on the chassis rails. The Golf Mk III also sets new, pioneering environmental standards in terms of recycling. Environmentally harmful materials are banned from the production process and nearly all plastic components in the Golf are recyclable. The economical and low-emission engines, from the 1.4-litre, 60 hp entry-level engine to the 2.0-litre, 115 hp version, protect the environment and save resources.
Third generation Golf in production

Third generation Golf in production

01 Jul 1991

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Third generation Golf in production

Volkswagen starts production of the third generation Golf with a more rounded design. The flowing lines make the car body appear mo…

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Volkswagen starts production of the third generation Golf with a more rounded design. The flowing lines make the car body appear more dynamic and the silhouette more elegant. The new Golf sets higher safety standards and marks new, pioneering environmental standards in terms of recycling. The economical and low-emission engines protect the environment and save resources.
Golf Mk III

Golf Mk III

01 Jul 1991

Golf Mk II

Golf Mk III

About 13 million Golfs had been sold since the first model was introduced in 1974 (including 63 percent going for export) and now i…

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About 13 million Golfs had been sold since the first model was introduced in 1974 (including 63 percent going for export) and now it was time for the Golf III to show what it was capable of. Launched in 1991, the new top-selling compact model was scarcely in showrooms before it was named "European Car of the Year 1992". Although the Golf gave its name to a whole class of similar cars, it had to justify its position continually in a hotly contested market segment; yet each succeeding generation would have no difficulty in raising the standards significantly higher.
Volkswagen AG and Ford's joint venture: the Sharan

Volkswagen AG and Ford's joint venture: the Sharan

15 Jul 1991

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Volkswagen AG and Ford's joint venture: the Sharan

Volkswagen AG and the Ford Motor Company enter into a capital and risk sharing joint venture in Portugal. In Setubal they establish…

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Volkswagen AG and the Ford Motor Company enter into a capital and risk sharing joint venture in Portugal. In Setubal they establish "AutoEuropa Automóveis Lda." to carry out a product concept designed especially for the European market, to be developed under Volkswagen's overall control. After a 3-year development plan, production of the Volkswagen Sharan begins in the Palmela plant in April 1995. Volkswagen acquires Ford's shares in the Portuguese company in January 1991, which produces the SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy.
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
The TDI at Saltzgitter

The TDI at Saltzgitter

01 Oct 1991

Innovation

The TDI at Saltzgitter

Salzgitter experiences the onset of the TDI era. The first turbo diesel with direct injection and 1.9 litres and 66 kW goes into pr…

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Salzgitter experiences the onset of the TDI era. The first turbo diesel with direct injection and 1.9 litres and 66 kW goes into production. Characteristic features of the TDI engines are fuel economy, low emissions, high pulling power (torque) and outstanding power efficiency. The engine is first used for the Audi 80 and then for the Passat.
The TDI era

The TDI era

01 Oct 1991

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The TDI era

Salzgitter experiences the onset of the TDI era. The first turbo diesel with direct injection, 1.9 litres and 66 kW goes into produ…

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Salzgitter experiences the onset of the TDI era. The first turbo diesel with direct injection, 1.9 litres and 66 kW goes into production. The engine is first used for the Audi 80 and then for the Passat.
Nov November
Vento production begins in Mexico

Vento production begins in Mexico

01 Nov 1991

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Vento production begins in Mexico

Production of the Vento begins in Mexico and South Africa. This visually and technically redesigned model takes the place of the Je…

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Production of the Vento begins in Mexico and South Africa. This visually and technically redesigned model takes the place of the Jetta.
Dec December
1991
1992
Jan January
Volkswagen enhances safety with the airbag

Volkswagen enhances safety with the airbag

01 Jan 1992

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Volkswagen enhances safety with the airbag

Volkswagen raises safety standards by offering air bags for driver and passenger in the Golf, Vento and Passat. Airbags work with t…

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Volkswagen raises safety standards by offering air bags for driver and passenger in the Golf, Vento and Passat. Airbags work with the seatbelts to reduce the risk of severe head and chest injuries in the event of an accident. If the crash sensors register an impact that exceeds the value needed to trigger the airbags, the airbag control ignites the gas generator. This inflates the airbags, located in the steering wheel and the dashboard in front of the front-seat passenger, within 30 to 40 milliseconds. When inflated, these airbags cushion the head and upper body and distribute the resulting loads over as large an area as possible. Other passive safety measures introduced in its vehicles include a side protection beam integrated in the door, reinforced door sills and cross members.
UK logistics improved

UK logistics improved

01 Jan 1992

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UK logistics improved

David Carter, Director for Parts and Service in the UK ensures that the logistics of bringing cars and parts into the UK runs more …

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David Carter, Director for Parts and Service in the UK ensures that the logistics of bringing cars and parts into the UK runs more efficiently. Dealers no longer have to hold large numbers of cars and can now choose the specifications they want from the national stock held at the ports.
European Car of the Year - Volkswagen Golf

European Car of the Year - Volkswagen Golf

01 Jan 1992

Awards

European Car of the Year - Volkswagen Golf

The Golf Mk III is voted European Car of the Year 1992. The first Volkswagen to win this award

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The Golf Mk III is voted European Car of the Year 1992. The first Volkswagen to win this award
What Car? Awards - Golf Car of the Year

What Car? Awards - Golf Car of the Year

01 Jan 1992

Awards

What Car? Awards - Golf Car of the Year

The Volkswagen Golf Mk III is awarded What Car? Car of the Year

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The Volkswagen Golf Mk III is awarded What Car? Car of the Year
New automobile plant in Taiwan

New automobile plant in Taiwan

01 Jan 1992

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New automobile plant in Taiwan

After signing a joint venture agreement with the Ching Fong Investment Co., Ltd." conglomerate in Taiwan on 10th July 1991, Volkswa…

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After signing a joint venture agreement with the Ching Fong Investment Co., Ltd." conglomerate in Taiwan on 10th July 1991, Volkswagen acquires one third of the shares of "Ching Chung Motor Co., Ltd." in Taipei. Until the completion of a production facility, Transporters and Caravelles are imported from Germany in order to establish the products on the local market and to build up a dealership network. The new automobile plant with a capacity of 30,000 vehicles a year starts the production of the Transporter and Caravelle models in November 1994. By setting up an export base for light commercial vehicles, VW rounds out its involvement in Asia. It is hoped that cooperative deliveries for the product on the Chinese mainland could lead to synergistic effects.
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Jun June
The 21 millionth Beetle

The 21 millionth Beetle

01 Jun 1992

Trivia

The 21 millionth Beetle

The 21 millionth Beetle rolls of the production line (it was built in Mexico)

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The 21 millionth Beetle rolls of the production line (it was built in Mexico)
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Global recession forces cost cutting measures for Volkswagen AG

Global recession forces cost cutting measures for Volkswagen AG

01 Nov 1992

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Global recession forces cost cutting measures for Volkswagen AG

Changes to working times at Volkswagen's three domestic plants as well as a socially acceptable reduction in the workforce mark the…

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Changes to working times at Volkswagen's three domestic plants as well as a socially acceptable reduction in the workforce mark the end of a flourishing decade for the automobile industry and the end of a period of expansion. The sudden end of the boom caused by German reunification and stagnating tendencies in the international automobile industry characterise the crisis that began during the second half of the year and which, in 1993, lead to the worst worldwide recession since the end of World War II. The Volkswagen Group would suffer severe losses on the domestic and West European volume markets. The average employment figures drop by 7.4%.
Dec December
Volkswagen enhanced vehicle safety measures

Volkswagen enhanced vehicle safety measures

01 Dec 1992

Our Story

Volkswagen enhanced vehicle safety measures

Volkswagen raises safety standards by offering air bags for both driver and passenger in the Golf, Vento and Passat. Other passive …

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Volkswagen raises safety standards by offering air bags for both driver and passenger in the Golf, Vento and Passat. Other passive safety measures include a side protection beam integrated in the door, reinforced door sills and cross members. Volkswagen AG introduces another high-tech innovation, the all-wheel compatible Electronic Stabilization programme me (ESP) in 1997.
1992
1993
Jan January
Golf Estate goes into production

Golf Estate goes into production

01 Jan 1993

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Golf Estate goes into production

Volkswagen adds the Golf Estate to its product range in the compact segment. From now on, the family friendly estate becomes a firm…

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Volkswagen adds the Golf Estate to its product range in the compact segment. From now on, the family friendly estate becomes a firm feature of every Golf generation.
Golf Estate Mk III

Golf Estate Mk III

01 Jan 1993

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Golf Estate Mk III

Volkswagen has had its eye on the rapidly growing estate-car market. Its classic model in this category, the Passat Variant, is now…

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Volkswagen has had its eye on the rapidly growing estate-car market. Its classic model in this category, the Passat Variant, is now joined by a smaller brother. In addition to the saloon and convertible versions, the Golf too is now available as a "Variant" in order to cement Volkswagen's presence in a market segment that is now the prerogative of trendy, leisure-orientated people, rather than merely families or local tradespeople.
Volkswagen AG takes over British importer

Volkswagen AG takes over British importer

01 Jan 1993

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Volkswagen AG takes over British importer

Volkswagen AG takes over the British importer "V.A.G (United Kingdom) Ltd." from the London company Lonrho Plc. This represents a c…

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Volkswagen AG takes over the British importer "V.A.G (United Kingdom) Ltd." from the London company Lonrho Plc. This represents a completion of the sales strategy of operating corporate outlets for the wholesale trade of group products within all important European markets. V.A.G UK is the sole importer of Volkswagen Group products into the UK. In 1995 the "Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd." and the "Groupe Volkswagen France S.A." are renamed sales organisations responsible for the sales of all group brands.
Volkswagen targets "Asia-Pacific" business

Volkswagen targets "Asia-Pacific" business

01 Jan 1993

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Volkswagen targets "Asia-Pacific" business

In order to make use of growth opportunities in the most important market of the future, the Volkswagen Group defines the region "A…

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In order to make use of growth opportunities in the most important market of the future, the Volkswagen Group defines the region "Asia-Pacific" separate business area. The newly created unit with executive function takes on the central steering of the vehicle platforms, while regional management is responsible for matching the car interior and exterior to customer taste. The corporate focus on the three countries of China, Japan and Singapore is aimed at cutting costs within the region and the selection of markets in newly industrialised countries in Asia, such as Thailand, South Korea, India or Vietnam, in which the Volkswagen Group has scarcely any share. Following the example of Japanese producers, the dominating example in Asia, a regional network of supply and production is to be established in order to minimise import restrictions and problems with foreign exchange, while production serves both regional markets and exports within the Volkswagen Group. "Volkswagen Asia-Pacific Ltd.", based in Hong Kong, is set up following a supervisory board decision on June 2, 1993.
Golf Cabriolet Mk III

Golf Cabriolet Mk III

01 Jan 1993

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Golf Cabriolet Mk III

At the 1993 German International Motor show in Frankfurt, Wolfsburg's crowd-catcher is the new "Golf Cabriolet", derived from the G…

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At the 1993 German International Motor show in Frankfurt, Wolfsburg's crowd-catcher is the new "Golf Cabriolet", derived from the Golf Mk III. The new car naturally complies with the same high safety standards as the saloon from which it is derived. It retains a roll hoop above the passenger area, and is even able to satisfy the tough, US roll-over safety standards as a result. The Golf Cabriolet comes with a broad choice of engines. For the first time Volkswagen offers a TDI diesel, making it the world's first diesel-powered convertible.
Passat B4

Passat B4

01 Jan 1993

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Passat B4

The Mk IV Passat started production in 1993. This was not a new model but a very heavily facelifted version of the Mk III. It had r…

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The Mk IV Passat started production in 1993. This was not a new model but a very heavily facelifted version of the Mk III. It had revised external body panels, except for the roof, and re-introduced a front grille. It raised safety standards by incorporating passive safety measures such as dual front air bags, side protection beams and reinforced sills and cross-members. The first 1.9-litre turbo diesel with direct injection was also an option for Passat, featuring high fuel efficiency and performance.
Feb February
New factory in Hungary

New factory in Hungary

18 Feb 1993

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New factory in Hungary

A new factory is opened in Gyor, Hungary for the production of engines.

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A new factory is opened in Gyor, Hungary for the production of engines.
Mar March
Re-focussing the North American market

Re-focussing the North American market

01 Mar 1993

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Re-focussing the North American market

Comprehensive redevelopment and reorganisation reduce the effects of downward trends on the North American market. As a result of t…

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Comprehensive redevelopment and reorganisation reduce the effects of downward trends on the North American market. As a result of the worldwide recession, increased competition on the American and Mexican market along with a costly sales organisation, losses reach a critical level after sales in the United States drop to an historical low during the previous year. In accordance with the principle "quality before volume," Volkswagen AG turns the Puebla plant into an efficient factory with lean production and a high domestic content. This enables Volkswagen to provide the North American market with enough high quality vehicles and to increase deliveries to South American export market. Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Canada are consolidated but legally remain independent companies. Cost reductions, rationalisation of the dealer network and a greater focus on service and customer care, ensures the North American sales system is made to run more efficiently and economically.
Apr April
May May
Volkswagen enters Polish market

Volkswagen enters Polish market

19 May 1993

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Volkswagen enters Polish market

Volkswagen AG takes over 25.4% of the shares in "Volkswagen Poznan Sp.z.o.o." established jointly with the Polish company "FSR Polm…

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Volkswagen AG takes over 25.4% of the shares in "Volkswagen Poznan Sp.z.o.o." established jointly with the Polish company "FSR Polmo" where Transporters are assembled. This joint venture marks Volkswagen's entry into the Polish market and improves its position in Eastern Europe.
Jun June
Convertible version of Golf Mk II

Convertible version of Golf Mk II

01 Jun 1993

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Convertible version of Golf Mk II

A convertible based on the Golf Mk III goes into production.

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A convertible based on the Golf Mk III goes into production.
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Fourth generation Passat in production

Fourth generation Passat in production

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Fourth generation Passat in production

Production of the fourth generation Passat begins. The vehicle is built in Bratislava.

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Production of the fourth generation Passat begins. The vehicle is built in Bratislava.
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1993
1994
Jan January
Robin Woolcock

Robin Woolcock

01 Jan 1994

People

Robin Woolcock

Robin Woolcock was appointed Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars in 1994 and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group United Kingdom…

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Robin Woolcock was appointed Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars in 1994 and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited in January 2000. The separation of the Volkswagen and Audi brands began in 1994, at which time Robin took the helm at Volkswagen. During his time as Head of Volkswagen, Robin saw sales more than double from 64,299 vehicles sold in 1993 to 160,000 in 1999.
Audi and Volkswagen brands split in UK

Audi and Volkswagen brands split in UK

01 Jan 1994

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Audi and Volkswagen brands split in UK

In the UK, Volkswagen sales are strong, however sales of Audis disappoint. A major contributor to this is sales from Volkswagen sho…

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In the UK, Volkswagen sales are strong, however sales of Audis disappoint. A major contributor to this is sales from Volkswagen showrooms. Richard Ide identifies that if the Audi brand is to survive it needs a stronger, more defined character. Ferdinand Piëch gives the go-ahead to introduce the separation of Audi from Volkswagen at dealer and importer level, but keeping "back office" synergies wherever possible.
Four-day week for Volkswagen employees

Four-day week for Volkswagen employees

01 Jan 1994

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Four-day week for Volkswagen employees

With the introduction of the four-day week for Volkswagen employees, the Volkswagen Board of Management, the Works Council and the …

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With the introduction of the four-day week for Volkswagen employees, the Volkswagen Board of Management, the Works Council and the Metal Workers' Union take a new step to secure the future of jobs and production site. To cut back surplus manpower estimated at 30,000 jobs, the working week at domestic plants is reduced from 36 to 28.8 hours with full flexibility combined with wage and salary cuts. By 1999, the flexible working time concept has been expanded to cover almost all Volkswagen AG employees.
Volkswagen Finanz GmbH becomes joint stock company

Volkswagen Finanz GmbH becomes joint stock company

01 Jan 1994

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Volkswagen Finanz GmbH becomes joint stock company

Volkswagen Finanz GmbH is transformed into a joint stock company, making a step towards the internationalisation of financing activ…

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Volkswagen Finanz GmbH is transformed into a joint stock company, making a step towards the internationalisation of financing activities. "Volkswagen Financial Services AG" is an independent financial group integrating the majority of the Volkswagen Group's European financial services subsidiaries and standardising the product offering. The new company has access to international money markets and can tap into the world's most favourable financial sources.
Robin Woolcock appointed as Director of Volkswagen UK

Robin Woolcock appointed as Director of Volkswagen UK

01 Jan 1994

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Robin Woolcock appointed as Director of Volkswagen UK

Following the separation of the Volkswagen and Audi brands Robin Woolcock is offered the post of Director of Volkswagen and during …

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Following the separation of the Volkswagen and Audi brands Robin Woolcock is offered the post of Director of Volkswagen and during his time in the brand annual sales in Britain increased from 65,000 to 160,000.
Concept 1 Beetle revealed

Concept 1 Beetle revealed

01 Jan 1994

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Concept 1 Beetle revealed

Volkswagen reveals Concept 1, a new Beetle study at the Detroit Motor Show.

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Volkswagen reveals Concept 1, a new Beetle study at the Detroit Motor Show.
Polo Mk III

Polo Mk III

01 Jan 1994

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Polo Mk III

The latest Third-generation car is markedly difference in appearance from its predecessors. Not only is its styling more modern, bu…

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The latest Third-generation car is markedly difference in appearance from its predecessors. Not only is its styling more modern, but a four-door version is now available for the first time. Its technical features match those offered on the larger Golf, with two airbags, ABS and bodywork with greater torsional rigidity among standard features.
Feb February
Mar March
Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH activates new press shop at Mosel

Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH activates new press shop at Mosel

15 Mar 1994

Our Story

Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH activates new press shop at Mosel

Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH puts its new press shop into service in the Mosel plant. The factory is organised according to the principl…

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Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH puts its new press shop into service in the Mosel plant. The factory is organised according to the principles of lean production in order to bring about sustained improvement in cost structures and has an annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles.
Apr April
Volkswagen AG takes over Fábrica Navarra de Automóviles, S.A.

Volkswagen AG takes over Fábrica Navarra de Automóviles, S.A.

01 Apr 1994

Our Story

Volkswagen AG takes over Fábrica Navarra de Automóviles, S.A.

The Volkswagen AG takes overFábrica Navarra de Automóviles, S.A., which operates Polo production in Pamplona. In December 1994 it i…

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The Volkswagen AG takes overFábrica Navarra de Automóviles, S.A., which operates Polo production in Pamplona. In December 1994 it is renamed the "Volkswagen Navarra, S.A." and in 1994 produces 146,000 vehicles.
May May
Jun June
Golf passes Ford Model T production record

Golf passes Ford Model T production record

03 Jun 1994

Trivia

Golf passes Ford Model T production record

The Volkswagen Golf surpasses the Ford Model T as the third most produced vehicle of all time, when Golf number 15,007,034 rolled o…

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The Volkswagen Golf surpasses the Ford Model T as the third most produced vehicle of all time, when Golf number 15,007,034 rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg.
Jul July
Volkswagen boasts world's largest plant

Volkswagen boasts world's largest plant

04 Jul 1994

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Volkswagen boasts world's largest plant

The world's largest parts centre goes into operation in Baunatal , Kassel where parts are stocked for the Volkswagen Group's intern…

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The world's largest parts centre goes into operation in Baunatal , Kassel where parts are stocked for the Volkswagen Group's international production network.
Aug August
Platform strategy for mid-sized vehicles

Platform strategy for mid-sized vehicles

01 Aug 1994

Our Story

Platform strategy for mid-sized vehicles

Production start-up of the Audi A4 marks the beginning of the Group B platform for mid-size vehicles. The Volkswagen Group improves…

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Production start-up of the Audi A4 marks the beginning of the Group B platform for mid-size vehicles. The Volkswagen Group improves the efficiency of its product and factory structures as well as expanding type diversity by networking platforms. As a result, various models such as the Golf, the Audi A3, the New Beetle, the Skoda Octavia and the Audi TT are built on a common platform. The platform strategy makes a substantial contribution to establishing efficient plant structures. By networking the Group's 16 platforms, whose number is gradually reduced, Volkswagen cuts back development and manufacturing penetration while simultaneously raising product quality and offering customers a more differentiated product range. The platform strategy goes hand in hand with a new procurement policy called global sourcing. The objective of this procedure for purchasing components from all over the world is to establish long-term networking between development, production and logistics operations on the one hand, and low-cost, high performance system suppliers on the other. Procurement no longer involved purchasing individual parts now, complex components and modules are to be delivered just in time.
Third generation, 4-door Polo

Third generation, 4-door Polo

01 Aug 1994

Our Story

Third generation, 4-door Polo

The third generation Polo, now offered for the first time in a four-door version, goes into production in the Spanish plant in Pamp…

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The third generation Polo, now offered for the first time in a four-door version, goes into production in the Spanish plant in Pamplona and, one month later, in Wolfsburg. Safety features of the small Volkswagen match those of the Golf airbags, ABS and a rigid bodyshell.
Sep September
The L80

The L80

06 Sep 1994

Our Story

The L80

Presentation of the L80, produced in Brazil.

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Presentation of the L80, produced in Brazil.
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1994
1995
Jan January
Dr Bruno Adelt

Dr Bruno Adelt

01 Jan 1995

People

Dr Bruno Adelt

Dr Bruno Adelt was on the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG in 1995.

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Dr Bruno Adelt was on the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG in 1995.
Volkswagen bespoke personnel coaching

Volkswagen bespoke personnel coaching

01 Jan 1995

Our Story

Volkswagen bespoke personnel coaching

Volkswagen AG combines its many-faceted educational activities in the personnel and management training fields with the formation o…

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Volkswagen AG combines its many-faceted educational activities in the personnel and management training fields with the formation of "Volkswagen Coaching Gesellschaft mbH", which is to provide made-to-measure training and qualification programmes to the workforce. Aside from educational and management training programmes, new tasks include individual coaching, international personnel research and company consultations as well as accompanying and developing job market projects.
What Car? 1995 - Polo Car of the Year

What Car? 1995 - Polo Car of the Year

01 Jan 1995

Awards

What Car? 1995 - Polo Car of the Year

The Polo Mk III is awarded What Car? Car of the Year

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The Polo Mk III is awarded What Car? Car of the Year
New distribution centre at Sheerness for V.A.G. UK

New distribution centre at Sheerness for V.A.G. UK

01 Jan 1995

Our Story

New distribution centre at Sheerness for V.A.G. UK

The import and distribution centre at Sandwich, near Ramsgate, is replaced by a new import and distribution centre in Sheerness, wh…

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The import and distribution centre at Sandwich, near Ramsgate, is replaced by a new import and distribution centre in Sheerness, which unlike Ramsgate, is a deep water port. A further advantage is that the new distribution centre is located at the quayside, whereas, when Sandwich was operational, each car had to be driven from the dock to Ramsgate.
SEAT and Skoda as part of V.A.G UK

SEAT and Skoda as part of V.A.G UK

01 Jan 1995

Our Story

SEAT and Skoda as part of V.A.G UK

SEAT (United Kingdom) and Skoda Automobile United Kingdom Limited become part of V.A.G (United Kingdom) Limited.

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SEAT (United Kingdom) and Skoda Automobile United Kingdom Limited become part of V.A.G (United Kingdom) Limited.
Sharan

Sharan

01 Jan 1995

Our Cars

Sharan

The Sharan can accommodate up to 7 adults in comfort or offer considerable storage space with the seats removed and offers an enorm…

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The Sharan can accommodate up to 7 adults in comfort or offer considerable storage space with the seats removed and offers an enormous number of different seating combinations and positions in between. Despite having generous accommodation, it has a similar footprint to an ordinary family car.
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
Sharan production begins at AutoEuropa

Sharan production begins at AutoEuropa

01 Apr 1995

Our Story

Sharan production begins at AutoEuropa

Production of the Sharan MPV commences atAutoEuropa Automóveis Lda. in Palmela.

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Production of the Sharan MPV commences atAutoEuropa Automóveis Lda. in Palmela.
May May
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Jul July
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles becomes group brand

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles becomes group brand

04 Jul 1995

Our Story

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles becomes group brand

With the introduction of "Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge" (Commercial Vehicles), Volkswagen transfers this business unit into a Group bra…

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With the introduction of "Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge" (Commercial Vehicles), Volkswagen transfers this business unit into a Group brand that is now responsible for coordinating the worldwide commercial vehicle operations. On January 1, 2000 the new brand takes on the industrial control of the commercial vehicle division at Volkswagen do Brasil.
lkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presented as an independent brand

lkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presented as an independent brand

26 Jul 1995

Our Story

lkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presented as an independent brand

The Chairman of the Management Body of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bernd Wiedemann, presents Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as …

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The Chairman of the Management Body of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bernd Wiedemann, presents Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as an independent brand to the public at a press conference in July.
Aug August
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Nov November
Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

03 Nov 1995

Our Story

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Following the joining of SEAT and Skoda Automobile to the V.A.G UK portfolio of brands it was appropriate that the company changed …

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Following the joining of SEAT and Skoda Automobile to the V.A.G UK portfolio of brands it was appropriate that the company changed its name to VOLKSWAGEN Group United Kingdom Limited.
The General Works Council signs environmental protection agreement

The General Works Council signs environmental protection agreement

16 Nov 1995

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The General Works Council signs environmental protection agreement

The General Works Council and the management sign a company agreement of environmental protection. At its core is a set of regulati…

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The General Works Council and the management sign a company agreement of environmental protection. At its core is a set of regulations calling for ecologically responsible dealings with raw material and energy, waste, emissions, water and hazardous substances. The company agreement follows the principle: "Avoid rather than reduce, reduce rather than recycle, recycle rather than dump". All environmental protection measures in the various production plants are to be carried out in cooperation with the General Works Council. The company's Research and Development Department, which works according to these environmental principles, will actively focus on the ecological aspects of the vehicle and the production procedure. The points of concern include the improvement of the petrol and diesel engines, electronic control and steering systems, improved aerodynamics, lightweight construction, recyclability and the use of ecologically safe materials and components like fluorocarbon-free air-conditioning systems and low solvent paints.
Volkswagen Argentina plant opens

Volkswagen Argentina plant opens

17 Nov 1995

Our Story

Volkswagen Argentina plant opens

In Pacheco near Buenos Aires, Volkswagen Argentina S.A. opens a new automobile plant. The factory where the Golf and in 1996 the Po…

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In Pacheco near Buenos Aires, Volkswagen Argentina S.A. opens a new automobile plant. The factory where the Golf and in 1996 the Polo is produced, works according to the module system, that is, suppliers assemble instrument panels, doors and fuel tanks on plant grounds, which they then install on the vehicle.
Dec December
Volkswagen AG and Israeli magnesium

Volkswagen AG and Israeli magnesium

19 Dec 1995

Our Story

Volkswagen AG and Israeli magnesium

Volkswagen AG and "Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd." in Israel sign a joint venture agreement for dealing with the production, utilization a…

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Volkswagen AG and "Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd." in Israel sign a joint venture agreement for dealing with the production, utilization and marketing of magnesium.
1995
1996
Jan January
Polo saloon Mk III

Polo saloon Mk III

01 Jan 1996

Our Cars

Polo saloon Mk III

A badged engineered version of the SEAT Córdoba is introduced to the Polo range as a four-door saloon version.

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A badged engineered version of the SEAT Córdoba is introduced to the Polo range as a four-door saloon version.
Polo Harlequin Mk III

Polo Harlequin Mk III

01 Jan 1996

Our Cars

Polo Harlequin Mk III

The Harlequin Special Edition of the Polo strikes a bold colour note, with body panels in yellow, red, green and blue.

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The Harlequin Special Edition of the Polo strikes a bold colour note, with body panels in yellow, red, green and blue.
Best Small Car - Polo

Best Small Car - Polo

01 Jan 1996

Awards

Best Small Car - Polo

Best Small Car - Polo - PHH Vehicle Management Services Awards

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Best Small Car - Polo - PHH Vehicle Management Services Awards
Feb February
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May May
Jun June
Golf GTI Edition 20 anniversary model

Golf GTI Edition 20 anniversary model

18 Jun 1996

Our Cars

Golf GTI Edition 20 anniversary model

Volkswagen produces a limited quantity of 1,000 special-edition 3 and 5-door GTI anniversary models, celebrating 20 years of the GT…

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Volkswagen produces a limited quantity of 1,000 special-edition 3 and 5-door GTI anniversary models, celebrating 20 years of the GTI model. This has the usual GTI specification but comes equipped with special chequered Recaro front sport seats and matching rear seats bearing the GTI logo, red seat belts front and rear, a half-chrome and leather golf ball gear knob and a red stitched leather steering wheel and handbrake gaiter. The release knob on the hand brake is also red and the instrument dial, silver. Floor mats come with red piping along their edges. The red theme is continued externally with a red striping on the bumpers and red brake calipers.
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Fifth generation Passat begins production

Fifth generation Passat begins production

01 Sep 1996

Our Story

Fifth generation Passat begins production

The fifth generation of the Passat saloon with a rounded roof line goes into production in Emden. The Mosel plant follows suit in O…

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The fifth generation of the Passat saloon with a rounded roof line goes into production in Emden. The Mosel plant follows suit in October. The Passat estate, in which Volkswagen introduces the newly developed 2.3-litre VR5 engine with 150 hp, follows in March 1997.
Passat B5

Passat B5

01 Sep 1996

Our Cars

Passat B5

The fifth generation Passat went into production at Emden in 1996. This was an all-new aerodynamically designed, low drag, coeffici…

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The fifth generation Passat went into production at Emden in 1996. This was an all-new aerodynamically designed, low drag, coefficient model sharing the Audi A4 platform. It featured fully independent front suspension and four-wheel drive was introduced in 1997. The model was facelifted in 2001 with minor changes to lights, styling and some mechanical revisions. A powerful 2-litre TDI diesel engine option producing 136 PS was added in 2003 and a 4-litre W8 engine was introduced between 2001 and 2004 for a luxury four-wheel drive model.
Oct October
Nov November
Brunswick site becomes new business unit

Brunswick site becomes new business unit

01 Nov 1996

Our Story

Brunswick site becomes new business unit

The Board decision to transform the Brunswick site into a business unit accelerates its development from component manufacturer to …

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The Board decision to transform the Brunswick site into a business unit accelerates its development from component manufacturer to system supplier and strengthens its competitive position within the international supplies industry. As the first corporate site to be performance-orientated and to operate largely as an independent unit, it sets an example for the transformation of other sites. The Business Unit uses its newly won autonomy to strengthen competence in development and responsibilities for product flow and to introduce new forms of manufacturing engineering.
Volkswagen increases production in Brazil and Argentina

Volkswagen increases production in Brazil and Argentina

01 Nov 1996

Our Story

Volkswagen increases production in Brazil and Argentina

Volkswagen do Brasil S.A. opens a truck and bus factory in Resende in the State of Rio de Janeiro with an annual capacity of 30,000…

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Volkswagen do Brasil S.A. opens a truck and bus factory in Resende in the State of Rio de Janeiro with an annual capacity of 30,000 vehicles. On October 12, the new engine factory in São Carlos in the State of São Paulo begins production. The engine factories in Salzgitter and Chemnitz supply components. By establishing production facilities in Brazil and Argentina Volkswagen succeeds in closing a capacity gap in South America caused by the end of the cooperation with Ford. By the end of 1997, Volkswagen do Brasil has 31,000 employees. With a total production of 609,000 vehicles in this year, it still leads the market in passengers cars (32.6%) and light commercial vehicles (25.8%). In 2000, Volkswagen do Brasil is the first Brazilian car manufacturer to start exporting to the USA and Canada. More than 120,000 vehicles are exported.
Dec December
1996
1997
Jan January
Electronic stabilisation programme

Electronic stabilisation programme

01 Jan 1997

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Electronic stabilisation programme

Volkswagen AG introduces another high-tech innovation, the all-wheel compatible Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP). ESP detects…

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Volkswagen AG introduces another high-tech innovation, the all-wheel compatible Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP). ESP detects critical situations to stop skidding before it begins. ESP predicts what the car is about to do through the use of sensors on the wheels and the moment the car starts to slip, the ESP takes over by; 1) Applying the brakes to one or more wheels and 2) if necessary, reducing the engine power. ESP has been a standard feature of most models since 1999. The latest generation of ESP offer trailer stabilisation - which detects if the trailer is starting to yaw.
1997 Volkswagen Group reports a production record

1997 Volkswagen Group reports a production record

01 Jan 1997

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1997 Volkswagen Group reports a production record

The Volkswagen Group reports a new production record of 4,290,875 vehicles in 1997. 62.3% of these vehicles leave the assembly line…

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The Volkswagen Group reports a new production record of 4,290,875 vehicles in 1997. 62.3% of these vehicles leave the assembly lines at plants run by the global company outside Germany. On average, 17,387 vehicles are produced each working day at 19 production companies in the Volkswagen Group this year.
National rallying

National rallying

01 Jan 1997

Our Story

National rallying

In the UK, Volkswagen Motorsport is also strongly represented in national rallying from 1997 with the Golf GTI Mk III.

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In the UK, Volkswagen Motorsport is also strongly represented in national rallying from 1997 with the Golf GTI Mk III.
Complete Car of the Year Awards - Polo Best Supermini

Complete Car of the Year Awards - Polo Best Supermini

01 Jan 1997

Awards

Complete Car of the Year Awards - Polo Best Supermini

The Polo Mk III wins the Best Supermini category at the Complete Car of the Year Awards

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The Polo Mk III wins the Best Supermini category at the Complete Car of the Year Awards
Auto Express New Car Honours - Polo Best Supermini

Auto Express New Car Honours - Polo Best Supermini

01 Jan 1997

Awards

Auto Express New Car Honours - Polo Best Supermini

The Polo Mk III is awarded the Auto Express New Car Honours in the Best Supermini Category

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The Polo Mk III is awarded the Auto Express New Car Honours in the Best Supermini Category
Polo Estate Mk III

Polo Estate Mk III

01 Jan 1997

Our Cars

Polo Estate Mk III

With the introduction of the Polo Mk III, the range is simplified to Saloon, Hatchback and the Polo Estate is first introduced.

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With the introduction of the Polo Mk III, the range is simplified to Saloon, Hatchback and the Polo Estate is first introduced.
Feb February
Mar March
Passat B5 Variant

Passat B5 Variant

01 Mar 1997

Our Cars

Passat B5 Variant

In March 1997, the Variant introduced Volkswagen's newly developed 2.3-litre V5 engine with 150 bhp.

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In March 1997, the Variant introduced Volkswagen's newly developed 2.3-litre V5 engine with 150 bhp.
Apr April
Volkswagen Group reorganises Asia-Pacific region

Volkswagen Group reorganises Asia-Pacific region

01 Apr 1997

Our Story

Volkswagen Group reorganises Asia-Pacific region

The Volkswagen Group reorganises the Region Asia-Pacific into the areas China, Japan and Singapore.

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The Volkswagen Group reorganises the Region Asia-Pacific into the areas China, Japan and Singapore.
May May
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Jul July
Aug August
New wage agreement for workers

New wage agreement for workers

01 Aug 1997

Our Story

New wage agreement for workers

The wage agreement signed on July 14 goes into effect. It extends the work protection measures to the end of 1999, although the fou…

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The wage agreement signed on July 14 goes into effect. It extends the work protection measures to the end of 1999, although the four-day working week retained in the new agreement is adapted to the necessities of production. An important aspect of the wage agreement is an early retirement provision, which provides for a flexible transition into retirement.
Golf Mk IV

Golf Mk IV

01 Aug 1997

Golf Mk IV

The Golf reached its fourth model generation and was to be seen at the International Motor Show (the "IAA") in Frankfurt during Sep…

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The Golf reached its fourth model generation and was to be seen at the International Motor Show (the "IAA") in Frankfurt during September. The Golf IV could be distinguished from its predecessor by its more steeply raked windscreen, additionally flared wheel arches and headlights with clear glass covers.
Fourth generation Golf in production

Fourth generation Golf in production

01 Aug 1997

Our Story

Fourth generation Golf in production

At the Wolfsburg site, the fourth Golf generation goes into production. The body design with a long roof, sharp drop-off tail and r…

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At the Wolfsburg site, the fourth Golf generation goes into production. The body design with a long roof, sharp drop-off tail and robust C-pillar is reminiscent of the Golf 1. The improved quality of the new Golf is the result of a lean production process and the use of modern technologies and sets new standards in quality.
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Dec December
New Beetle starts production in Mexico

New Beetle starts production in Mexico

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New Beetle starts production in Mexico

Volkswagen de Mexico S.A. de C.V. starts the lean and high quality production of the New Beetle in its Puebla plant. The technology…

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Volkswagen de Mexico S.A. de C.V. starts the lean and high quality production of the New Beetle in its Puebla plant. The technology of this high performance model is based on the Golf, but its design recalls the Beetle. After the Volkswagen Group gradually improves its competitiveness in the North American Region, the New Beetle makes great leaps forward, especially in the United States, where the retro-model, like its predecessor 40 years earlier, sets off a true epidemic of "Beetlemania".
1997
1998
Jan January
Golf Convertible in production

Golf Convertible in production

01 Jan 1998

Our Story

Golf Convertible in production

The Golf Convertible, based on the fourth generation of Golf, goes into production.

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The Golf Convertible, based on the fourth generation of Golf, goes into production.
Top Gear Awards - Polo Best Supermini

Top Gear Awards - Polo Best Supermini

01 Jan 1998

Awards

Top Gear Awards - Polo Best Supermini

The Polo Mk III wins the best Supermini category at the Top Gear Magazine awards.

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The Polo Mk III wins the best Supermini category at the Top Gear Magazine awards.
What Car? Awards - Golf Best Small Hatch

What Car? Awards - Golf Best Small Hatch

01 Jan 1998

Awards

What Car? Awards - Golf Best Small Hatch

The Volkswagen Golf is awarded Best Small Hatch at the What Car? Awards

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The Volkswagen Golf is awarded Best Small Hatch at the What Car? Awards
Top Gear - Golf Best Family Car

Top Gear - Golf Best Family Car

01 Jan 1998

Awards

Top Gear - Golf Best Family Car

The Golf is awarded Best Family Car in the Top Gear Awards

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The Golf is awarded Best Family Car in the Top Gear Awards
Golf GTI Mk IV

Golf GTI Mk IV

01 Jan 1998

Our Cars

Golf GTI Mk IV

The introduction of the Mk IV GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along…

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The introduction of the Mk IV GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along with two petrol engines in a total of four different states of tune. The Mk IV GTI made significant gains in refinement and safety.
Lupo

Lupo

01 Jan 1998

Our Cars

Lupo

The Lupo, Volkswagen's environmentally small city car, launches in the UK.

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The Lupo, Volkswagen's environmentally small city car, launches in the UK.
New Beetle

New Beetle

01 Jan 1998

New Beetle

The 'New Beetle' was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1996, and two years later, at the January 1998 Detroit Motor …

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The 'New Beetle' was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1996, and two years later, at the January 1998 Detroit Motor Show, the New Beetle was unveiled and went on sale in the USA that month. The American motoring press named the New Beetle 'North American Car of the Year'. The 'New Beetle' went on sale in mainland Europe from November 1998. The reaction to the car in the UK was so great, it was decided to import 900 left-hand drive versions. These began arriving at the end of April 1999, and were followed in January 2000 with the first right-hand drive versions. August 2000 saw the first New Beetle 1.6-litre models arrive in the UK, while in mid-2001 the 1.8T joined the range. The first diesel Beetle, the 1.9-litre TDI was added in 2002, along with a base 1.4-litre.
Definition of Lupo

Definition of Lupo

01 Jan 1998

Trivia

Definition of Lupo

The name Lupo is Italian, meaning Wolf, and is named after its home town in Wolfsburg.

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The name Lupo is Italian, meaning Wolf, and is named after its home town in Wolfsburg.
Bora

Bora

01 Jan 1998

Our Cars

Bora

The Bora is a compact and sporty saloon and has been described as a mini Passat. It has an exceptionally rigid all-galvanised body …

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The Bora is a compact and sporty saloon and has been described as a mini Passat. It has an exceptionally rigid all-galvanised body construction with a 12 year anti-perforation guarantee and is offered with four petrol and three diesel engines. Like the Vento, this model still retains the Jetta name in North America.
Feb February
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Apr April
May May
Volkswagen Global Group Works Council inaugural meeting

Volkswagen Global Group Works Council inaugural meeting

13 May 1998

Our Story

Volkswagen Global Group Works Council inaugural meeting

The Volkswagen Global Group Works Council meets for the first time. The contract between employee representatives and the Group's m…

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The Volkswagen Global Group Works Council meets for the first time. The contract between employee representatives and the Group's management is signed on May 20, 1999. Klaus Volkert is elected president of this international employee committee.
Motor Polska SP.z.o.o opens

Motor Polska SP.z.o.o opens

13 May 1998

Our Story

Motor Polska SP.z.o.o opens

Volkswagen sets up "Motor Polska Sp.z.o.o.", based in Polkowice. The Polkowice site supplies 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines and th…

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Volkswagen sets up "Motor Polska Sp.z.o.o.", based in Polkowice. The Polkowice site supplies 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines and the latest pump jet injection systems.
Jun June
Lupo goes into production

Lupo goes into production

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Lupo goes into production

Production of the Lupo starts in the Wolfsburg plant, a new kind of economical small car which Volkswagen wants to establish on the…

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Production of the Lupo starts in the Wolfsburg plant, a new kind of economical small car which Volkswagen wants to establish on the market. The vehicle is replaced by the Fox in 2005
Jul July
Bora in production

Bora in production

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Bora in production

The Bora, based on the Golf, goes into series production.

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The Bora, based on the Golf, goes into series production.
Volkswagen Group seizes luxury car market

Volkswagen Group seizes luxury car market

03 Jul 1998

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Volkswagen Group seizes luxury car market

The Volkswagen Group expands its range of products in the luxury car market. On July 3, Volkswagen Group United Kingdom acquires "R…

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The Volkswagen Group expands its range of products in the luxury car market. On July 3, Volkswagen Group United Kingdom acquires "Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd." which, as "Bentley Motor Ltd.", has been manufacturing Bentleys at the English plant at Crewe since September 2002. "Bugatti International S.A. Holding" becomes part of Volkswagen Group France on July 10, and is renamed "Bugatti automobiles S.A.S." in December 2000. The legendary brands join the existing brand alliance of Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Aug August
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Audi AG acquires Lamborghini

Audi AG acquires Lamborghini

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Audi AG acquires Lamborghini

"Audi AG" acquires the Italian sports car manufacturer "Lamborghini S.p.A."

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"Audi AG" acquires the Italian sports car manufacturer "Lamborghini S.p.A."
Volkswagen AG humanitarian fund

Volkswagen AG humanitarian fund

11 Sep 1998

Our Story

Volkswagen AG humanitarian fund

Volkswagen AG sets up a humanitarian fund for the forced labourers who worked for the Volkswagen company during World War II, out o…

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Volkswagen AG sets up a humanitarian fund for the forced labourers who worked for the Volkswagen company during World War II, out of which monetary sums are paid to more than 2,150 personally affected people.
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1998
1999
Jan January
Fleet Manufacturer of the Year

Fleet Manufacturer of the Year

01 Jan 1999

Awards

Fleet Manufacturer of the Year

This Award recognises the best fleet sales and support team at a vehicle manufacturer

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This Award recognises the best fleet sales and support team at a vehicle manufacturer
Daniel Simon

Daniel Simon

01 Jan 1999

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Daniel Simon

Simon began his design career in 1999 at Volkswagen (Wolfsburg) under the control of Hartmut Warkuss and designed cars for Seat and…

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Simon began his design career in 1999 at Volkswagen (Wolfsburg) under the control of Hartmut Warkuss and designed cars for Seat and Lamborghini under the supervision of Walter de'Silva. In 2001 he was contracted by the Volkswagen Group's Advanced Studio (Design Center Europe, Sitges), where Simon also participated in the reincarnation of the Bugatti brand. In 2005 Simon left the Volkswagen Group as a Senior Designer after supervising a concept car.
Volkswagen Group's historical milestone of 100 million vehicles

Volkswagen Group's historical milestone of 100 million vehicles

01 Jan 1999

Our Story

Volkswagen Group's historical milestone of 100 million vehicles

The Volkswagen Group is the first European car maker to produce 100 million vehicles, and makes automotive history. Around the worl…

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The Volkswagen Group is the first European car maker to produce 100 million vehicles, and makes automotive history. Around the world, 42 plants build some 20,000 vehicles every working day for Europe's largest vehicle manufacturer. With more than 50 models in its product range, the Group with its nine brands covers almost all vehicle segments on global markets.
International Engine of the Year - Best Fuel Economy

International Engine of the Year - Best Fuel Economy

01 Jan 1999

Awards

International Engine of the Year - Best Fuel Economy

The Volkswagen 1.2-litre TDI wins the Best Fuel Economy category at the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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The Volkswagen 1.2-litre TDI wins the Best Fuel Economy category at the International Engine of the Year Awards.
International Engine of the Year -1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category

International Engine of the Year -1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category

01 Jan 1999

Awards

International Engine of the Year -1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category

The Volkswagen 1.9-litre 110 PS TDI wins the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category at the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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The Volkswagen 1.9-litre 110 PS TDI wins the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category at the International Engine of the Year Awards.
Used car Buyer - Polo Best Economy Car

Used car Buyer - Polo Best Economy Car

01 Jan 1999

Awards

Used car Buyer - Polo Best Economy Car

The Polo Mk III is awarded the Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Car Buy in the Best Economy car category.

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The Polo Mk III is awarded the Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Car Buy in the Best Economy car category.
Auto Express New Car Honours - Lupo Best Small Car

Auto Express New Car Honours - Lupo Best Small Car

01 Jan 1999

Awards

Auto Express New Car Honours - Lupo Best Small Car

The Lupo is awarded Best Small Car in the Auto Express New Car Honours.

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The Lupo is awarded Best Small Car in the Auto Express New Car Honours.
Used car Buyer - Golf Best Small Family Car

Used car Buyer - Golf Best Small Family Car

01 Jan 1999

Awards

Used car Buyer - Golf Best Small Family Car

The Golf Mk IV wins the Best Small Family Car category at the Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Buy Awards

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The Golf Mk IV wins the Best Small Family Car category at the Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Buy Awards
Golf Estate Mk IV

Golf Estate Mk IV

01 Jan 1999

Our Cars

Golf Estate Mk IV

The Volkswagen Golf Mk IV Estate is introduced in 1999 and would be succeeded by the Volkswagen Golf Mk V Estate in 2007.

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The Volkswagen Golf Mk IV Estate is introduced in 1999 and would be succeeded by the Volkswagen Golf Mk V Estate in 2007.
Feb February
Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Ltd formed

Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Ltd formed

04 Feb 1999

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Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Ltd formed

With the formation of the "Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Ltd." in Beijing, Volkswagen combines its existing and future inve…

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With the formation of the "Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Ltd." in Beijing, Volkswagen combines its existing and future investments in China in the hands of one holding in order to expedite new vehicle projects.
Mar March
Apr April
Volkswagen Financial Services AG acquires "Volkswagen-Versicherungsdienst GmbH" (VVD)

Volkswagen Financial Services AG acquires "Volkswagen-Versicherungsdienst GmbH" (VVD)

01 Apr 1999

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Volkswagen Financial Services AG acquires "Volkswagen-Versicherungsdienst GmbH" (VVD)

Volkswagen Financial Services AG expands its range of business activities by acquiring the Wolfsburg "Volkswagen-Versicherungsdiens…

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Volkswagen Financial Services AG expands its range of business activities by acquiring the Wolfsburg "Volkswagen-Versicherungsdienst GmbH" (VVD). The company offers Volkswagen's customers comprehensive insurance services. To combine the various insurance services of the Volkswagen Group, "VW-Versicherungsvermittlungs-GmbH", a successful provider of insurance and risk management is transferred to Volkswagen Financial Services AG on January 1, 2005.
May May
Jun June
Jul July
World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

01 Jul 1999

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World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven …

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Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven over 1,000 kilometres with a full 34-litre tank is the world's first standard production 3-litre vehicle. Its extremely efficient fuel consumption is the result of a highly developed 3-cylinder TDI engine and lightweight construction. The doors, fenders and hood are made out of aluminium, the rear hatch out of magnesium; similar lightweight building materials are used for the axles and the suspension. As a result, the aerodynamically optimised Lupo 3L TDI weighs only 830 kilograms. The energy saving 3-litre Lupo sets new ecological standards.
Lupo 3-litre TDI first of its kind

Lupo 3-litre TDI first of its kind

01 Jul 1999

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Lupo 3-litre TDI first of its kind

Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven …

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Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven over 1,000 kilometres with a full 34-litre tank is the world's first standard production 3-litre vehicle. The energy saving 3-litre Lupo sets new ecological standards and opens the door to a market segment pressured through higher fuel prices.
World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

01 Jul 1999

Trivia

World's first standard production 3-litre vehicle

Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven …

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Volkswagen makes automobile history with the introduction of the Lupo 3L TDI. The 2-door, 3.53 metre small car which can be driven over 1,000 kilometres with a full 34-litre tank is the world's first standard production 3-litre vehicle. The energy saving 3-litre Lupo sets new ecological standards and opens the door to a market segment pressured through higher fuel prices. Volkswagen claims a new Guinness World Record for the Lupo 3L TDI after it records a provisional average mpg figure of 114.8 for the 3,500-mile round-Britain, economy drive.
Aug August
Sep September
Construction of the Simultaneous Engineering Centre in Wolfsburg begins

Construction of the Simultaneous Engineering Centre in Wolfsburg begins

23 Sep 1999

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Construction of the Simultaneous Engineering Centre in Wolfsburg begins

Representatives from Volkswagen AG, the city of Wolfsburg and Wolfsburg AG get construction of the Simultaneous Engineering (SE) Ce…

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Representatives from Volkswagen AG, the city of Wolfsburg and Wolfsburg AG get construction of the Simultaneous Engineering (SE) Centre in Wolfsburg underway at a ground-breaking ceremony. The development centre completed in August 2000 is the first construction project of Wolfsburg AG, a joint venture set up by the Group and the city. The 8,200 square metre complex houses offices, conference and presentation rooms and workshops. With the SE Centre, Volkswagen AG intensifies its efforts to attract suppliers to locate in Wolfsburg. For the Group, bringing together technological know-how under one roof optimises many development processes, as information routes are shortened and work processes can be continuously improved
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December
Richard Ide retires

Richard Ide retires

01 Dec 1999

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Richard Ide retires

Richard Ide retires as Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK Limited.

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Richard Ide retires as Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK Limited.
New warehouse for Volkswagen UK

New warehouse for Volkswagen UK

01 Dec 1999

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New warehouse for Volkswagen UK

By the late 1990's, Volkswagen UK's warehouses had reached capacity and many other warehouses were being rented to cope with all th…

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By the late 1990's, Volkswagen UK's warehouses had reached capacity and many other warehouses were being rented to cope with all the parts. TNT was given the contract to build and operate a new warehouse at Dordon, near Tamworth. TNT invested £21 million in the design and build of the parts warehouse. Operations at the 62,000 sq metre warehouse built up gradually during the first quarter of 2002 with TNT managing Volkswagen Group UK's complete logistics supply chain providing services including: forecasting demand, ordering parts and managing stock, parts warehousing, daily deliveries to 875 dealers and a call centre providing information and advice to the dealer network. 87% of the parts supplied to the warehouse are delivered from Volkswagen Transport in Germany by rail directly into the warehouse which has an internal rail siding within it. The remainder are delivered by road trailer from the Czech republic, SEAT in Spain and UK suppliers.
1999