Latest articles

Production Honda Urban EV to debut at Geneva

Honda will unveil its Urban EV small electric car in production-ready form at the Geneva Motor Show in March, ahead of sales starting within a year.

Toyota RAV4 review

The new Toyota RAV4 combines the latest hybrid powertrain and the updating opportunities provided by an all-new platform to produce a compelling package.

Land Rover celebrates Discovery’s 30th birthday

Land Rover is celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of its most popular nameplates with the limited-edition Land Rover Discovery Anniversary model.

Volkswagen unveils hotter Golf GTI TCR

Volkswagen has lifted the lid on its latest Golf GTI model – the 290hp Golf GTI TCR, inspired by the touring car series of the same name.

Hybrid estate joins updated Ford Mondeo range

Ford has updated the Mondeo range for 2019, which includes offering its hybrid powertrain in estate form for the first time.

Volkswagen ‘making progress’ on dieselgate fix

Sales rising again but issues remain in the US.

Volkswagen has used the unveiling of the revised Golf to update progress on its efforts to recover from the ‘Dieselgate’ emissions-cheating crisis.

Speaking during the reveal of the car at the brand’s Wolfsburg, Germany headquarters, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said that the Golf always represents the brand as a whole and the latest car marks a new beginning, a new momentum.

“Obviously the Volkswagen brand is facing pretty big challenges – first and foremost we have to regain peoples’ trust,” Diess said, adding that good progress on working out of the crisis had seen technical measures for more than 8.2 million of the 10m affected cars of the group approved by the relevant authorities. “We are strongly committed to gaining approval for all cars in Europe by the end of this year,” he added.

According to Diess 1.3m cars have already been fixed and the number is rising significantly every week, to the almost universal satisfaction of customers.

Sales are also recovering – down 1.8 per cent in July, European deliveries began growing again in August and in October were 4.4 per cent up, with 512,000 vehicles delivered. “I am confident that we will see an overall increase in deliveries for 2016,” he said.

Diess also stated that the brand’s transformation is making progress – “we are becoming more competitive, more efficient and more innovative, we have established a product line organisation within just six months. For most of the worldwide regions we have set up tough turnaround programmes that will start to pay off next year.

“Zukunftspakt (the name given to the turnaround plan) could become the biggest reform programme in Volkswagen’s history making the brand more competitive and future proof,” Diess added.

However the brand’s problems have not all gone away – in America, where the dieselgate scandal began, a new lawsuit on behalf of 10,000 car owners has claimed that the emissions cheating software was not limited to diesel vehicles but also fitted to Audi petrol-engined cars.

And German prosecutors have drawn VW Group chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch into the crisis, claiming that they have enough evidence to name him in the investigation into VW’s response to the scandal, on the basis that the group was too slow to inform markets.

Meanwhile Automotive News Europe has reported that the election of Donald Trump as the next US President is raising fears that talks to agree a fix for affected American VWs could be affected.

Diess, however, believes Volkswagen is gaining momentum, with 10 new models or major updates due next year alone, including a currently unnamed new Fastback and the next SUV, the Nissan Juke-rivalling T-Roc.

“By 2020 we will have renewed our entire product line-up, realising the greatest brand offensive ever,” Diess concluded. “The Golf marks the beginning – smarter, safer and more connected.”

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

Be the first to know

Would you like to stay up to date with The Executivecondominium?

Trending now

Car finance: Voluntary termination of a PCP or HP

Voluntary termination is your legal right to cancel your PCP or HP car finance agreement in certain circumstances. The Executivecondominium explains how it works.

Rejecting a car – your consumer rights

Have you bought a new or used car that is faulty or not fit for purpose? Read The Executivecondominium's comprehensive guide to your consumer rights when rejecting a car.

Car finance: the PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) explained

The PCP (personal contract purchase) is the most popular type of car finance. This guide tells you everything you need to know about PCP car finance.

Car finance: How do I settle a PCP early?

Today we answer one of the most common questions about PCP car finance: What if I want to end my agreement and settle a PCP early?

Who makes the most reliable engines?

Figures released by a consumer warranty company show that some famous-name car brands make some of the least reliable engines on the market.

Used car warranty – the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when something goes wrong.

I bought a car and now I’ve changed my mind

Buyer’s Remorse is common in the car industry. You've bought a car, and now you've changed your mind or run into problems. What can you do?

The ten golden rules for buying a car

After much requesting, here are The Executivecondominium’s Ten Golden Rules on buying a new or used car. Follow these pearls of wisdom and you are will end up with the right car at the right price.

LEAVE A REPLY

www.renault.niko.ua

www.exstraeconom.kiev.ua

www.aboutviagra.info