Chronicle 2008

“2008 Golden Angel” award for two Group brands (photo)

JANUARY

January 17

“2008 Golden Angel” award for two Group brands
The ADAC honors the latest TSI motor and the 7-speed direct shift gearbox of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand this year in the “Innovation and Environment” category. The prize for the best image goes to the Audi brand.

January 19
North American International Auto Show, Detroit
Volkswagen unveils its premium midsize model – the new Passat CC – at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

January 25
16 millionth SEAT
The 16 millionth SEAT rolls off the production line at the Martorell plant: a silver Leon ECOMOTIVE.

January 29
Volkswagen receives award for increasing enterprise value
Audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers presents Volkswagen with the “Global Automotive Shareholder Value Award” for the highest increase in shareholder value of all listed competitors in the global automotive industry over the past three years.

January 30
“Best Cars of 2008”

The readers of magazine “auto motor und sport” named Volkswagen as the winner: cars from the Volkswagen Group collect six out of ten awards.

Volkswagen de Mexico celebrates ten years of the New Beetle (photo)

FEBRUARY

February 1

Volkswagen de Mexico celebrates ten years of the New Beetle
Ten years after production began, the one millionth Volkswagen rolls off the production line at Volkswagen de Mexico in Puebla.

February 5
1 million DSGs
Employees and management of the Kassel plant celebrate the production of its one millionth direct shift gearbox (DSG).

International Motor Show in Geneva (photo)

MARCH

March 4

International Motor Show in Geneva
In addition to numerous innovative concept cars, the new Scirocco, Audi A4 Avant, Škoda Superb and Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 models were introduced to the global public.

March 17
“Most Rational Car 2008”

Readers of Germany’s largest consumer magazine “Guter Rat” vote the Golf Estate as “Most Rational Car 2008” in the Estate/Van category. The new Audi A4 secures first place in the Saloon category.

March 20
Passat BlueMotion is one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles worldwide

The Passat BlueMotion is chosen as one of the top three “World Green Cars 2008” by the international panel of the “World Car of the Year Award”.

Group vehicles successfully voted “All-Wheel-Drive Cars 2008” (photo)

APRIL

April 4

Group vehicles successfully voted “All-Wheel-Drive Cars 2008”
Readers of specialist journal “AutoBild Allrad” vote the Tiguan, the Audi A4 quattro, the Audi R8 and the Multivan 4Motion as top of their segments.

April 20
Double world premiere in Beijing
Volkswagen unveils the New Bora and the Lavida to the world at the Auto China 2008 in Beijing. Both vehicles are specially focused on the automotive needs of Chinese customers.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi honored in the “International Engine of the Year Awards 2008” (photo)

MAY

May 7
Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi honored in the “International Engine of the Year Awards 2008”
The dual charged engines of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi brands win the “International Engine of the Year Award” for the third and fourth time respectively.
 
May 25

Volkswagen Group Awards 2008
Volkswagen honors the Group’s top 15 suppliers for their outstanding overall performance. The award winners meet all the demands that Europe’s leading automobile manufacturer places on its premium
suppliers.

Volkswagen models voted Best Company Car of the Year (photo)

JUNE

June 6

Volkswagen models voted Best Company Car of the Year
The award of the title “Firmenauto des Jahres 2008” (Best Company Car 2008) by industry journal “Firmenauto” and the DEKRA organization makes Volkswagen the most successful company with seven first places.

June 30
Volkswagen and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft establish the Center of Excellence for Automotive Production in Chemnitz
This alliance is designed to develop solutions for flexible and resourcesaving production.

New Gol launched in Brazil (photo)

JULY

July 1

New Gol launched in Brazil
Start of the next generation of the most successful car for 21 years in South America, after more than 5.7 million produced units: Volkswagen’s Gol.

July 15
Volkswagen builds plant in Tennessee, USA

Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board approves the construction of an automotive plant in Chattanooga and agrees an investment volume of up to USD 1 billion. The new plant will give the Group a sustainable solution to exchange rate fluctuations in the long term and thus fulfill a key requirement for economic success in the dollar area.

July 22
Volkswagen acquires voting majority in Scania
Following antitrust approvals, Volkswagen acquires a majority voting stake in Swedish truck manufacturer Scania.

German Commercial Vehicle Prize (Deutscher Nutzfahrzeugpreis) for Caddy and Škoda Praktik (photo)

AUGUST

August 8

German Commercial Vehicle Prize (Deutscher Nutzfahrzeugpreis) for Caddy and Škoda Praktik
The success of these two models underscores the Volkswagen Group’s competency in the commercial vehicles sector.

August 8–24
Volkswagen supports the Olympic Games

As a national partner of the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, Volkswagen provides a comprehensive fleet of vehicles to the Games’ Organizing Committee.

August 26
Moscow Motor Show
The Volkswagen Group unveils a large number of new vehicles at the Motor Show in Moscow, including the new Audi A6 and the Audi RS6.

Volkswagen workshops in top three in ADAC test (photo)

SEPTEMBER

September 4
Volkswagen workshops in top three in ADAC test
Volkswagen’s service partners win an outstanding third place with a total score of “very good” in this year’s ADAC workshop test.
 
September 8

Unveiling the new Golf
Volkswagen introduces the new edition of its bestselling Golf to a global audience from September 8 to 27 in Iceland. The subsequent Golf Conference in Berlin from September 24 to October 16 was attended by approximately 14,000 Volkswagen dealers and importers from 125 countries.

September 23
IAA Commercial Vehicles 2008, Hanover

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launches a new model rollout at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show: the highlight of the five world premieres is the pickup study. Scania unveils a diesel-ethanol engine.

September 29
Opening of the “Lean Center” at the Wolfsburg plant

Improvements in the areas of efficiency, ergonomics and quality in the production workflow can be tested under practical conditions in the new pilot plant. The resulting leaner and cleaner process flows serve as a model for the entire Group.

Paris Motor Show, Paris (photo)

OCTOBER

October 1

Paris Motor Show, Paris
Volkswagen Group stands out with numerous world premieres of its brands: As well as the study of the new Golf GTI, the new Audi S4, Škoda Octavia FL, SEAT Exeo, Bentley Arnage Final Series models and the study of the Lamborghini Estoque round off the Group’s successful motor show appearance.

October 2
Scirocco wins “AutoBild Design Award 2008”
More than 40,000 readers of “AutoBild” magazine have decided: Volkswagen’s new Scirocco is the best looking car in the sports car and coupé category.

October 31
The best vocational trainees

The Volkswagen Group presents its “Best Apprentice Award 2008” to its best vocational trainees worldwide. The prize goes to 20 young people from ten countries.

“Golden Steering Wheel 2008” (photo)

NOVEMBER

November 6

“Golden Steering Wheel 2008”
The “Bild am Sonntag” jury awards four Group models the “Golden Steering Wheel” award: the new Golf, the Audi Q5, the SEAT Ibiza and the Škoda Superb.

November 21
Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles

The Jetta TDI CleanDiesel, introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, wins the “Green Car of the Year” award. The newly developed CleanDiesel technology is one of the world’s lowest-emission diesel technologies.

November 26
“Auto Trophy 2008”

Readers of specialist magazine “Auto Zeitung” vote numerous models from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Škoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands each as the best in their respective categories.

“German Sustainability Award 2008” (photo)

DECEMBER

December 5

“German Sustainability Award 2008”
Volkswagen is the only automobile manufacturer to be honored in the category “Germany’s most sustainable brand”.

December 11
“Top Gear Awards 2008”

British “Top Gear” magazine’s prominent jury names Volkswagen’s third generation Scirocco its car of the year.

December 15
Volkswagen sells commercial vehicles business in Brazil to MAN

This sale allows Volkswagen Group to concentrate its commitment to the truck business on existing investments in MAN and Scania, as well as on its own light commercial vehicles business, which remains unaffected by this transaction.

December 19
Autostadt welcomes 17.5 millionth visitor
The Autostadt in Wolfsburg welcomes its 17.5 millionth visitor since it opened in 2000.

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