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MessaggioInviato: lun lug 08, 2019 8:22 am 
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E cosa dovrebbero fare se non un suv crossover? Le ultime 2 speciali di bugatti tra l'altro le trovo finalmente interessanti come design, finalmente si stanno scrollando di dosso lo stile veyron di 20 anni fa.

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MessaggioInviato: lun lug 08, 2019 8:48 am 
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Più che altro spero si discostino dal design della "cugina" Bentayga


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MessaggioInviato: lun lug 08, 2019 9:20 am 
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Se cerchi le prestazioni pure e sei un costruttore di supercar non dovresti produrre un suv (che molto probabilmente sarà basato sul pianale MLB). Questo è il mio pensiero che comunque non sembra valido nel mondo automotive odierno.

In una notizia non correlata il capo della divisione componenti Sommer (ex ad di ZF) ha ammesso che Vw sta incontrando una serie di difficoltà nell’ ottenere la quantità richiesta di batterie, per evitare difficoltà nell’approvvigionamento ha proposto di creare Joint venture con i produttori.

Volkswagen Group will create joint ventures and help finance battery production to persuade skeptical cell suppliers to back its aggressive push for mass producing electric vehicles, VW purchasing chief Stefan Sommer told Reuters.

VW has said it will buy 50 billion euros ($56.57 billion) worth of battery cells and has identified Sweden's Northvolt, South Korea's SKI, LG Chem and Samsung SDI as well as China's CATL as strategic partners.

"Not every supplier is convinced that electric mobility will come on such a large scale. You need to spend more time convincing them to invest in the auto industry," Sommer told Reuters.

VW said that by 2025, it needs 150 gigawatt hours' worth of battery production capacity in Europe and another 150 in Asia. By 2030 this figure will double.

"These producers need to prioritize between making a new smartphone or building a new battery factory. So even the battery cell producers are asking: will production volumes scale up quickly?" Sommer said.

The automaker is retooling 16 factories to build electric vehicles and plans to start producing 33 different electric cars under the Skoda, Audi, VW and Seat brands by mid-2023.

Customers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles in large numbers because of the limited operating range and long battery recharging times, and because of a lack of charging infrastructure. This has unnerved potential suppliers.

"When it comes to normal components, suppliers have the opportunity to sell to other carmakers, if VW buys less. But with electromobility we all know: if it does not work for VW, then it won't work for others," Sommer said.

This is why VW provides suppliers with finance for tooling and shares the risk of installing new production capacity by making new factories a joint venture.

"The tendency is to do joint ventures. The suppliers are still asking themselves, is this market going to take off or not? Meanwhile they realize it is an opportunity," Sommer said.

Joint ventures have the advantage of giving VW an early insight into manufacturing progress as a new plant is erected. "We have built up our own expertise, which we share with suppliers, which helps when we build a new plant. It gives us an early indication if there are teething problems," Sommer said.

"We have not been able to build as many cars as we wanted to. Our supplier is not delivering the numbers that we need."

From 2021 Volkswagen will use electric battery cells using a composition of nickel, manganese and cobalt in a ratio of 8:1:1, Sommer said, adding that one supplier was still using a ratio of 6:2:2.

For the Chinese market, Volkswagen sees potential for using lithium Iron based batteries, known as LFP. These have lower energy density than NMC cells, but Chinese drivers tend to stay within large cities and do not travel long distances by car.

"The necessity for a long operating range is less important in China," Sommer said.

Solid state electric battery cells will replace NMC cells and become mass production ready in the second half of the 2020's, Sommer said.

"Solid state cells can be made in existing battery factories. It will be the same producers and the same factories where solid state batteries are made," Sommer said adding that round 60 percent of the tools can be reused for next generation cells.

Volkswagen may even build its own battery cell manufacturing plants in China, Sommer said, but said that for now the automaker is relying on its Chinese joint venture partners FAW, SAIC and JAC to find suitable battery suppliers.


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Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. will cooperate on electric and self-driving car technology, sharing costs on a global scale to take a major step forward in the industry’s disruptive transformation.

VW will invest $2.6 billion in Ford’s autonomous-car partner Argo AI in a deal that values the operation at more than $7 billion, the two manufacturers said Friday in a joint statement in New York. This includes $1 billion in funding and VW contributing its Audi $1.6 billion Autonomous Intelligent Driving unit.

“While Ford and Volkswagen remain independent and fiercely competitive in the marketplace, teaming up and working with Argo AI on this important technology allows us to deliver unmatched capability, scale and geographic reach,” Ford Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said.

Unprecedented shifts facing the auto industry are forcing players to consider new partnerships and potential consolidation. VW, the world’s top automaker, offers the industry’s most ambitious roll-out of electric models, while Ford, also in the top 10, is developing advanced self-driving technology with Argo.

Read: Argo’s Tie-Up With Ford and VW Leaves Room for Asian Automaker

For VW, the Argo investment offers an opportunity to potentially catch up with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, and General Motors Co.’s Cruise unit. Road tests and accumulating huge amounts of data are critical for the further development of self-driving cars, and few apart from Waymo are equipped to do it alone.

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“It took a while to get this deal done, but it’s because we actually sorted out a lot of the hard problems,” Bryan Salesky, Argo AI’s co-founder and CEO, said in an interview. “We have a clear line of sight to production, vehicle supply and we have clear line of sight to where we want to go to market and how.”

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Besides sharing costs for the development of self-driving cars, Ford will use VW’s electric-car underpinnings that form to backbone of the most aggressive rollout of electric cars in the industry with Volkswagen spending some 30 billion euros ($34 billion). Adding more vehicles to production lines would help gain scale and save costs, and offer Ford a platform to better comply with tougher rules on carbon-dioxide emissions in Europe.

Ford will build at least one mass-market battery car in Europe starting in 2023 and deliver more than 600,000 European vehicles based on VW’s platform, dubbed MEB, over six years. A second electric model for Europe is “under discussion,” it said.

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Teaming up with its U.S. peer is one of the key initiatives of VW Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess to overhaul the German industrial giant. Both sides reiterated on Friday the tie-up does not include entering equity ties between Ford and VW.

For Ford, a deal with VW fits with CEO Jim Hackett’s $11 billion overhaul of the company, which includes exiting the slow-selling sedan market in the U.S., shifting to focus on commercial vehicles in Europe and investing in electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive Inc. Geographically, the companies complement each other, with Ford strong in the U.S. and VW a leader in Europe and China.

“Our global alliance is beginning to demonstrate even greater promise , and we are continuing to look at other areas on which we might collaborate,” VW CEO Diess said.


Ford e Vw hanno annunciato l’ampliamento della loro alleanza.
Vw investirà 2,6 miliardi di dollari per ottenere il 50% di Argo AI. 1 miliardo sarà il contributo finanziario e 1,6 miliardi deriveranno dal conferimento delle attività di Audi in Argo.
Ford utilizzerà il pianale MEB per 2 modelli elettrici a partire dal 2023. Senza di essi Ford Europe non avrebbe potuto evitare le multe.
Peccato che Vw non sia riuscita ad ottenere il pianale dei midsize pick up per il Nord America.
Tutti gli analisti si aspettano che gli altri costruttori creino alleanze simili.


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MessaggioInviato: mer lug 17, 2019 9:49 pm 
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Volkswagen will end production of the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack wagons at the end of 2019, leaving the brand's U.S. dealers wagonless for the first time since 1965.

The slow-selling two-wheel and all-wheel-drive wagons are victims of the growth of crossovers, which now account for more than half of Volkswagen's sales in the U.S. The brand plans to add three crossovers over the next three years: the Atlas Cross Sport, the ID Crozz battery-electric vehicle and a subcompact crossover expected to arrive in 2021.

Crossovers "have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods," Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh said in a statement. "But as we look towards the future, both our expanded [crossover] lineup and the upcoming ID family of electric vehicles will bring the opportunity to combine the style and space people want in a variety of ways."

Both wagons have been built at the automaker's plant in Puebla, Mexico. The same plant also produced the Beetle, which ended production this month.

Through the first six months of the year, Volkswagen said it sold just 5,123 SportWagens and Alltracks in the U.S., down 36 percent from the previous year.

Station wagons have been a staple of Volkswagen's U.S. lineup, beginning with the 1600 Squareback in 1965. The brand previously offered wagon versions of the larger Jetta and Passat before launching the Golf SportWagen for the 2015 model year.


Vw ha annunciato la fine della produzione della Golf sw in Nord America. Ormai nella patria delle giardinetto questo tipo di veicolo è scomparso con pochissimi modelli che offrono questo tipo di variante. La stessa Golf avrà un ruolo molto ridimensionato negli USA: la produzione sarà spostata dal Messico in Germania, verrà vendita solo la GTI e Golf R. Finisce così il tentativo di Vw di imporre sul mercato americano la regina europea. In compenso arriveranno 3 suv

1) Atlas sport 2019
2) Id crozz 2020
3) Tharu 2021


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