volkswagen

  • Music Audience Exchange wants to get musicians paid

    Music Audience Exchange wants to get musicians paid

    In the late 1990s, Volkswagen approached the music label Rykodisc with a proposition. They wanted to take the music of a then-obscure singer-songwriter from the company’s catalog and use it as the soundtrack to an ad for their new Cabriolet. The artist was Nick Drake and, though I’m not sure how well the car sold, the ad (VW’s first online) became iconic and brought a… Read More

  • Volkswagen’s e-Golf gets a range boost to 125 miles for 2017

    Volkswagen’s e-Golf gets a range boost to 125 miles for 2017

    The e-Golf, Volkswagen’s electric version of its popular compact car, officially gets around 50 percent more range this year than it did in the previous model. That means it now has an EPA rating of 125 miles on a single charge (via Autoblog), compared to 83 miles before. The 125-mile range is still a far cry from the Chevy Bolt’s industry-leading EV range, but the e-Golf is not… Read More

  • Volkswagen and Mobileye team to help autonomous cars ‘see’ via crowdsourcing

    Volkswagen and Mobileye team to help autonomous cars ‘see’ via crowdsourcing

    Volkswagen and Mobileye have signed an agreement to see Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) mapping service integrated into VW-brand vehicles starting in 2018. The service from provider Mobileye crowdsources real-time road condition reports from vehicles equipped with the product to help provide intelligent fleet features for use in autonomous vehicles, making sure networked… Read More

  • Volkswagen’s I.D Buzz concept is a microbus for the self-driving era

    Volkswagen’s I.D Buzz concept is a microbus for the self-driving era

    Volkswagen’s new I.D. Buzz electric vehicle concept is a futuristic take on the microbus that revives the family camper for an era when we’ll spent just as much of our time on the road relaxing or hanging out with our fellow passengers as we will driving. The new EV design, Volkswagen’s second concept car in the I.D. line, was revealed at this year’s North American… Read More

  • Qualcomm kicks its automotive ambitions up another gear, partners with VW and more

    Qualcomm kicks its automotive ambitions up another gear, partners with VW and more

    While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP, it’s also driving ahead with developing car technology on its own steam. Today at CES, the chipmaker unveiled several initiatives to drive further into the connected car space, including a partnership with Volkswagen, a connected car trial in Germany, a new class of high-bandwidth… Read More

  • Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking

    PayByPhone, the app that lets you pay for parking (and parking tickets) with a smartphone, has been acquired by Volkswagen Financial Services. PayByPhone is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and operates in Canada, the US, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Australia. In 2016, company processed $250 million in parking payments from 12.5 million users. Volkswagen Financial Services… Read More

  • Volkswagen teases a self-driving EV concept with retractable steering wheel

    Volkswagen teases a self-driving EV concept with retractable steering wheel

    Volkswagen is extending the I.D. concept family it debuted at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year with a new concept car in the same line to be fully revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The carmaker teased the concept today, revealing a few details about the car, including that it’s designed to be fully self-driving in the future. The new… Read More

  • Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    The Audi R8 e-tron is dead if a report from Car and Driver is to be believed. The production version of the car was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show and apparently Audi produced fewer than 100 vehicles — which sported a $1.1 million window sticker each. When announced, the e-tron seemed like a key part of Audi’s future. Built in the same vein as the R8, the e-tron sat on top… Read More