Monday, July 31, 2017

Volkswagen Group Tops J.D. Power APEAL Study


By: Sebastien Bell
If you’re looking for excellent performance, execution, and layout from your car, look no further because VW’s got what you need.
The results of J.D. Power’s latest APEAL study were just made public and the VW Group leads the way with the most wins (six) in individual categories and the top brand in the study.
For the 13th year in a row, Porsche took top honors with an overall APEAL score of 884. It was followed by Genesis (869), BMW (855), and Audi (854).
Weirdly, although it came in fourth overall, Audi and Porsche had the same number of category wins. The A3, A4, and A7 all won their categories, while the Porsche 911, Cayenne, and Macan won theirs.
For Audi, though, the competition was tight. Just one point back of BMW, Audi was also only three points clear of Mercedes-Benz, which came in fifth overall. With the three brands all in the top five, though, it seems that competition is doing what it does and breeding better performance.
“Many automakers are getting better and better at giving consumers what they want in a vehicle,” said Dave Sargent, VP global automotive at J.D. Power. “The industry is doing a very good job of creating vehicles customers like across every segment, and the APEAL Studyidentifies why this is. One clear reason is that non-premium vehicles are increasingly offering technology and safety features found in premium vehicles.”
APEAL stands for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout and according to J.D. Power, the study tracks how—get this—appealing new cars are to buyers.
J.D. Power has been performing this study for 22 years now, and this year is tied for the greatest overall increase across all manufacturers ever recorded by the study. The average APEAL score rose 9 points over last year’s, the result an increase in satisfaction in nine of the 10 categories measured by the study.
The scores are decided based on the responses of nearly 70,000 purchasers of new cars.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

It’s Only Getting Going, but the Volkswagen Atlas Is Already One of VW’s Top Sellers


By: Timothy Cain
June 2017 was only the Volkswagen Atlas’s first full month on sale in the United States, but the Atlas, still ramping up inventory, already accounts for more than half of Volkswagen’s U.S. utility vehicle sales. In fact, the only Volkswagens that sold more often than the Atlas in June were the Jetta, Passat, and (if you count all variants together) the Golf.
2,413 units is not a terribly impressive number, although it’s stronger than what the MitsubishiOutlander, Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9, and Volkswagen’s two other utility vehicles managed last month. But the rate at which Volkswagen is building the Atlas at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant suggests dealers are only beginning to see just how many copies of the Atlas they’ll soon have to sell.
Will there be buyers?
According to the Automotive News Data Center, Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant built 6,104 Atlases for North American consumption in June, the sixth month of production increases at the Tennessee plant.
Getting the Atlas to dealers and into customer hands has not been a quick process. Having built nearly 24,000 copies of the Atlas by the end of June, Atlas inventory at Cars.com shows fewer than 1,000 units.
But these are very early days for the Atlas, a vehicle on which half the load of Volkswagen’s U.S. SUV hopes rest. The Volkswagen Tiguan arrives later this year in long-awaited second-gen form and brings with it a third row that could limit some of the Atlas up-sale potential.
The Volkswagen Touareg, meanwhile, has been dropped from Volkswagen’s lineup.
Years of apparent Volkswagen non-reaction have passed since the SUV/crossover wave began to grow in America. While the industry generates over 40 percent of its sales from utility vehicles, Volkswagen has been tied to increasingly unpopular, aging passenger cars. As a result, through the first-half of 2017, only 14 percent of the vehicles sold in Volkswagen’s U.S. showrooms were utility vehicles.
The Atlas, however, unlike the overpriced Touareg and undersized Tiguan, sits in the center of the market. Despite its blocky styling — about which even some Volkswagen insiders were decidedly unhappy — the Atlas has a measure of mainstream appeal the Touareg and first Tiguan could never dream of. Given the anti-Volkswagen tide that recently swept across America, the lack of built-in loyalty for an all-new nameplate, and the slow inventory ramp-up, the Atlas’s early numbers bode well.
Now that the Atlas is being built in consequential numbers, we expect to see far more significant U.S. Atlas sales figures, and soon. If not, it’ll be obvious that Volkswagen’s production is not running parallel to demand, and all the more obvious that Volkswagen of America can’t even produce significant volume in one of the United States’ hottest categories.


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Find of the Day: The Neon Green Dually Dream


By: Christopher Compton 

Want to make a statement at the next Volkswagen show or local Cars and Coffee? Strap your ride down on this euro import, slide behind the (right-hand drive) wheel, and blow everyone’s mind. Are you a VW tech, own a repair shop, or manage a dealership? This could be the ultimate truck for picking up customer’s cars.
What we have here, ladies and gentleman, is VW enthusiast, Orchid Euro owner, and Vortex contributor Jamie Orr’s 1985 VW LT tow truck. Jamie brought this model over from London England a number of years ago. He has used the LT as a true work truck hauling cars and parts around the Pottstown PA (and farther) area.
While Volkswagen has never offered their commercial vehicles here, their work trucks have been available in Europe for decades in hundreds of combinations including a Westfalia camper that looks like a Vanagon on steroids. This ’85 features a 6 cylinder diesel engine with a 5-speed transmission. Jamie says top speed is a decent 65 MPH.
The LT has a few updates: the rear bed was rebuilt, the frame was reinforced, and new glow plugs with a heavy duty relay were installed. And of course, there’s the lime green paint. There’s a winch out back to hoist cars up, but Jamie states it really isn’t needed with the ramps that are included. All of this rides over a set of dual rear tires. Imagine the fun you can have with truck lovers when you say you have a VW dually!
The truck seats three, and there’s a Kenwood USB/CD head unit with speakers behind the seats. It has manual locks, manual windows, and for the true 80’s Euro experience, manual steering. Haul a car and get a great arm workout at the same time.
So if you’re looking for something truly unique, this neon dream can be yours for $8600. The truck is listed on craigslist in Philadelphia PA.


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

This Double-Door Walk-Through EZ Camper (1 of 3) is Expected to Sell for £80,000


By: Sebastien Bell

Microbus buyers have very specific needs when it comes to window and door count, but this may take the cake. Believed to be one of just one of three left in the world, this double-door walk-through camper is up for sale this weekend in England.
Which is annoying because it first landed in California, where EZ Campers, a renowned aftermarket camper company, plied its trade. EZ Campers put on EZ front steps (now very rare) and converted the interior before handing it back to the dealership where it sold in 1964.
It spent some time in disuse before being purchased by Vintage Warehouse, who added the double bunk pop-top and the awnings.
It was then exported to the UK in 2005, where a restoration was performed by Haywood Classic & Custom, which spared no expense, using high-quality materials. In total, they spent about £50,000 on the restoration.
Now it’s being sold at The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017 and it will roll across the block on July 29. Silverstone Auctions expects it to go for £70,000 to £80,000.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Audi Working Towards Becoming a Leading Technology Firm



Audi has one eye keenly fixed on the future of mobility, and that means moving beyond building cars to become a leading technology company.
That’s the automaker’s outlook moving forward, with a three-pronged approach focused on digitalization, urbanization, and sustainability. And it’s the first point that Audi expects to carry the most weight as it makes the transition into the technology space.
“Digitalization is much more than just one of the three levers; it’s in many ways the critical enabler for the other two,” Audi’s chief digital officer, Roland Villinger, said during the inaugural Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
Providing workable solutions obviously starts with electric vehicles, and that’s something Audi is already close to with the e-tron quattro electric SUV coming next year, followed by other all-electric models in both 2019 and 2020. But the automaker also plans to electrify all of its product lines moving forward, whether that means all-electric variants or gas-electric hybrid versions of each of its offerings.
“But the electrification of cars cannot only be about the car itself — it has to be about the infrastructure too,” Villinger said, noting complete solutions make electrified vehicles more attractive to customers. “Which is why we are developing wireless charging, [as well as] collaborating with a number of OEMs to develop the first high-performance charging network.”
Looking beyond the realm of electrification, Audi is also exploring ways to improve not just the emissions of the end product, but also the production process itself. And that means improving efficiencies where possible, from both landfill and energy supply perspectives.
“When you take sustainability seriously, you need to take a more holistic view than just looking at the tailpipe,” Villinger said. “We want to not only make cars better, we want to make the world better. And in order to do that, we need to build clean cars and clean factories.”
With the e-tron Quattro an obvious place to start, Audi plans to improve the emissions of its plant in Brussels, Belgium, to the point that it’s carbon dioxide neutral “in the coming years.” Audialready gets all the electricity for the plant that will build the all-electric sport utility from renewable sources, but other measures, such as cogeneration and even the installation of LED light fixtures, will help reduce consumption at the plant to the point of self-sufficiency.
Beyond sustainability, Audi, like virtually every other automaker, is incorporating more and more digital products and services into its vehicles. Some are predicated upon improved connectivity while others are based on improving congestion in urban areas. And that’s why Audi is developing technologies like smart infrastructure that connect vehicles with traffic lights to improve the flow of traffic, thus easing congestion. Villinger said autonomous driving will also help ease congestion by automatically diverting vehicles to alternate routes.
“We believe this will be so (important) because our customers appreciate the freedom and independence individual mobility solutions provide them with,” Villinger said. “But the car has to move on from a cause of problems to being a part of the solution.”
That means enabling vehicles to not only use the most efficient route possible, but also one that keeps cars that need to be plugged in close to charging stations for fast and easy access to more electrons on the go. It also means connecting vehicles to smart grid technologies that can help them negotiate congestion without driver input.
Of course, the downside to doing all of this is simply making it all happen. While the 2018 AudiA8 is capable of Level 3 autonomy, an already complex suite of technologies, the brand is striving for Level 5, the ultimate in driverless vehicles. That’s a lot that can go wrong.
“Any discussion of digitalization for me begins with a discussion of complexity,” Audi’s head of digitalization, John Newman, said, pointing out that as vehicles become more connected, they become more complicated to build and, perhaps more importantly, operate. “More than 30 different new digital products and services were introduced [by Audi] over the last 20 years. And if you pick a single digital product or service, it turns out that’s evolved over time and become increasingly rich in terms of content and features and functionality.
“And so on the one hand, the optimist in me says this is great — this is great value for the customer. But on the other hand, the realist in me says perhaps we’re actually leaving our customers behind as we introduce more digital products and services into vehicles.”
Audi is no stranger to J.D. Power’s annual analysis of digital products and services — known as the Tech Experience Index — and knows as well as its customers that some of what it puts into its vehicles isn’t easy to use or overly reliable.
“I would say inside Audi, even though we don’t publicly disclose it, we’re aware that we put digital products and services into our vehicles that are rarely if ever used,” Newman said. “And for us, that’s not a sign of developing and delivering a premium mobility experience. That’s a sign that we have further work to do.”
But just as digitalization can make operating an automobile more complicated, Newman said it can also be a “powerful tool” that can also simplify the in-car experience. It’s also an unavoidable one. As demand for connectivity increases with each passing year, you can count on more and technology making its way into new vehicles. And you can count on Audi being somewhere at the forefront of it all.


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