Volkswagen surpassed Toyota Motor to become the biggest automaker by deliveries in the first half, putting the company on track to capture the worldwide sales crown three years ahead of its target. Toyota on Tuesday said it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the six months through June, trailing the 5.04 million that Volkswagen reported earlier this month. Deliveries declined 1.5 per cent for Toyota and 0.5 per cent for Volkswagen. The German carmaker boosted sales in its domestic market and in broader western Europe by more than 6 per cent.
NEW DELHI: Volkswagen Group, Europe's largest carmaker, on Wednesday launched a new version of its mid-size sedan `Vento' in India as part of a strategy to turn around the brand's sagging sales. The new Vento, priced between 7.85 lakh and 11.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), comes in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol-powered version is available in 1.2 & 1.6 litre engines while the diesel variant comes with a 1.5 TDI option. Volkswagen Group operates through five brands in India -Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, Porsche as well as Lamborghini.
Volkswagen was warned against emissions-rigging eight years ago by the supplier of its “defeat devices,” leaked documents show.
Bosch is said to have explained in a memo to the company that use of the software to manipulate results would be against the law.
A 2007 letter from the parts firm warned against deploying the software, according to an internal VW investigation seen by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
Volkswagen has been struggling to build up its brand in the the United States while also competing with General Motors and Toyota globally. However, VW also controls Audi and Porsche, two of the biggest luxury brands in the world.