NO 06

NO 06 (6/2015)

November 2015

The progress of global networking also affects the automotive industry. This November issue of VIAVISION presents the new opportunities arising from faster internet connections, high-tech terminal devices and intelligent services for the driver and his car.

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NR 05

NR 05 (5/2015)

August 2015

The August edition of VIAVISION addresses the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. What is the partnership about? What are the opportunities and risks, and who is actually negotiating? All this and more in this issue.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2015)

July 2015

The Passat GTE is dual-purpose: as the most powerful plug-in hybrid it can be used both as a hybrid and driven purely electrically and therefore emission free. The July issue of VIAVISION shows how the powertrain works, which latest features the Passat GTE offers, and why Volkswagen is set for the future with this car.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2015)

June 2015

The idea behind the fuel cell car is impressive: as much range as a conventionally powered vehicle and comparable refueling times, but as emission-free as an electric car. The June issue of VIAVISION explains how the fuel cell fits into Volkswagen’s drive concept, what happens inside them, and how they will progress as the retail network expands.

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NO 2

NO 2 (2/2015)

May 2015

Several European cities are considering banning diesel vehicles from entering them. In the May issue of VIAVISION, find out why diesel is cleaner than its reputation would suggest and why its advanced technology provides the opportunity to achieve the ambitious environmental goals of industry and politics.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2015)

January 2015

January’s issue focuses on fuel consumption: how is the consumption data car manufacturers’ state in their advertising determined? Why may these standard values differ in reality and how can one learn to drive more economically? All this and more is explained in this issue of VIAVISION.

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NO 07

NO 07 (7/2014)

October 2014

More economical, lighter and more modern. This issue of VIAVISION presents the new Passat B8 with its greater comfort, new technologies and improved economic efficiency. The new model weighs up to 85 kilograms less than its predecessor and is equipped with the latest assistance and safety systems. VIAVISION explains how they work.

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NO 06

NO 06 (6/2014)

September 2014

Eco-friendly and powerful: with the natural gas series, Volkswagen focuses on a lower-emissions alternative – successfully. Increasing sales for natural gas powered vehicles reflect the trend in Germany. This issue of VIAVISION explains how a natural gas engine works and which types Volkswagen has on offer. Also inside are the advantages - and facts and figures - about Germany's rising natural gas market.

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NO 05

NO 05 (5/2014)

July 2014

Poster edition
The Car Connection
Collaborations in the car industry including key figures for the 18 bestselling car manufacturers and the 10 largest suppliers by revenue. Who are the global players? Who is producing, researching and developing with whom? Who owns shares in other manufacturers?

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2014)

June 2014

The Golf family is completed by the Golf GTE: This plug-in-hybrid drives economical but sporty. In this issue of VIAVISION you will find information about the drives, that are powering the GTE, and about the battery technology. Additionally: The different kinds of hybrids, how they work and which smart highlights the GTE has to offer.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2014)

May 2014

The May issue of VIAVISION is all about the safety of all traffic participants: Child safety seats protect the smallest, safety assistants ensure a safe drive and intervene helpfully in case of an emergency. Furthermore: How vehicle safety is tested in crash tests and subsequently evaluated.

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NO 02

NO 02 (2/2014)

March 2014

With the e-Golf, Volkswagen takes another large step towards electromobility. How the lithium-ion high-voltage battery transports electricity to the drive and which features help the e-Golf to drive as economically as possible, is shown in the march edition of VIAVISION.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2014)

January 2014

Automobile manufacturers, authorities and associations have been following the 'vision zero' strategy for years. Its goal is to ensure no more people are fatally injured or damaged for life by traffic. Assistance systems are a part of this strategy. A new generation of assistance systems made by Volkswagen is in the starting blocks. VIAVISION shows, how Emergency Assist, Area View or Road Works Assistant take us closer towards accident-free driving.

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NO 07

NO 07 (7/2013)

September 2013

It is the goal of the German Government to get one million electric vehicles onto German roads by 2020. Volkswagen emerges into electromobility with the e-up!, presented at the IAA. The September issue of VIAVISION explains how the electric motor works, which challenges the engineers had to overcome with the battery and what the possibilities are for energy efficient driving.

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NO 06

NO 06 (6/2013)

July 2013

The automotive industry, with about 357 billion euros in sales, is the largest sector of industry in Germany. In this issue, VIAVISION shows how many people are employed in this branch, how the development of new car registrations is related to the macroeconomic environment, what the car value chain looks like from factory through to sale - and what Volkswagen’s role is at each of these points.

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NO 05

NO 05 (5/2013)

June 2013

No matter whether an up!, Golf, Passat or Phaeton – you can immediately recognise a Volkswagen from a brief glimpse in the rear-view mirror. The decisive factor is the design: the brand’s face has merely been gently modified over the decades. A new Volkswagen model takes just 48 months to go from idea to mass produced car, with up to seven design centers worldwide working together on it. Also in the current VIAVISION: design highlights since 2007.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2013)

May 2013

From people's car maker to volume manufacturer: in the past forty years, Volkswagen has extended its vehicle range enormously. In this issue of VIAVISION, we not only take a glance at years gone by but also see which Volkswagen vehicles are built where today.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2013)

April 2013

The driver assistance systems aid the comfort of the car’s passengers and, in certain cases, contribute to improved safety. The various driver assistance systems are shown in the April issue of VIAVISION.

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NO 02

NO 02 (2/2013)

March 2013

The everyday use one litre car by Volkswagen will soon hit the streets. From the efficient TwinDrive plug-in technology and the basic aerodynamic shape, to the light and also secure materials for the body – the XL1 shows the way we drive today. The march issue of VIAVISION shows which kinds of hybrid drives exist and which conditions are necessary in order to achieve quick acceptance of these drives.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2013)

February 2013

The goal is clear, global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced. We are still a long way from the widespread adoption of electric or fuel cell vehicles. Therefore, in the meantime, work is being done on other solutions to immediately reduce CO2-emissions: among them are optimized combustion engines and fuel efficient hybrid and electric drives as well as natural gas (CNG) and other alternative fuels. The february issue of VIAVISION shows the advantages of CNG and how quick the acquisition of a natural gas car amortises.

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NO 10

NO 10 (10/2012)

December 2012

The applications of glass are as varied as the types of glass. Predominantly further processed flat glass is used in the automotive industry. When reinforced and toughened, safety glass protects the occupants during accidents. As special glass it can take on additional functions and can be processed at varied points in the car. Also in the december issue of VIAVISION: repairing and recycling as well as substitute materials for glass.

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NO 09

NO 09 (9/2012)

November 2012

A car without brakes is just as unthinkable as a car without an engine. In this issue, VIAVISION explains how disc brakes work, which properties the materials used have to possess – and even how energy can be won through deceleration.

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NO 08

NO 08 (8/2012)

October 2012

Nanoparticles are already well established in our surroundings. They are put to use in the automotive industry too, where many different materials are assembled into one product. Here, researchers and developers have three goals: making the car increasingly safe for the car driver and passengers, increasing driving comfort, and reducing environmental impact. The october issue of VIAVISION shows how the exterior of the car – such as car body and tyres – has evolved using the small particles and which nanotechnologies have found their way into the interior of the vehicle – into engine and catalytic converter for example.

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NO 07

NO 07 (7/2012)

September 2012

Nothing runs without tyres. Nevertheless they rarely get much attention, despite the fact that the black rubbers fulfil many more functions than are apparent at first glance. They should decrease braking distance through their excellent surface grip, and thus increase safety, while also having a low rolling friction in order to decrease carbon dioxide emissions. But that is not all: they should, at the same time, be as light and quiet as possible. These are the factors tyre manufacturers focus on, in order to continually improve the properties of the tyre. The september issue of VIAVISION demonstrates how components, new additives and tyre recycling ensure safety and a good environmental balance.

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NO 06

NO 06 (6/2012)

July 2012

Air brakes – this effect is known to anyone who has ridden a bicycle into a headwind and had to pedal harder. The same applies to cars: given increased air resistance the motor has to work harder and fuel consumption increases. Consequently, aerodynamics is more and more at the centre of car design. The designers find role models in nature. The latest issue of VIAVISION shows you how the aerodynamics of the automobile are measured in wind tunnels and how they are improved.

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NO 05

NO 05 (5/2012)

June 2012

The beautiful weather draws them onto the streets: drivers of convertibles who like to feel the wind in their hair. The latest issue of VIAVISION will show you the pros and cons of cloth tops, called soft tops, versus hard tops made of steel and plastics, how the top folds into the boot and which special components are included in the cabrio.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2012)

May 2012

Poster edition

The Car Connection

Collaborations in the car industry including key figures for the 17 bestselling car manufacturers and the 10 largest suppliers by revenue. Who are the global players? Who is producing, researching and developing with whom? Who owns shares in other manufacturers?

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2012)

April 2012

Today assistance systems are almost as natural a part of a new car as the engine. Thanks to the interaction of the systems, the car is becoming increasingly more intelligent and supports the driver in more and more tasks. The vision is of an automatic car, in which the driver can lean back and let the system take the wheel. However, at any time the driver has the option of manually overriding the assistant. Moreover, electronics grant cars the ability to communicate. Via the internet and cellular network, cars can communicate with each other (Car-to-Car communication) or communicate with infrastructure (Car-to-X communication).

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NO 02

NO 02 (2/2012)

March 2012

The business of Volkswagen Group is complex: ten brands, more than 220 models, even more different customisations. At the same time, the Group has made it their business to reduce the consumption of combustion engines, to include natural gas and electric cars in their product line-up and to introduce technical innovations, like assistance systems for example, to as many cars as possible. The basis for the realisation of these goals will be the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB): a standardised vehicle architecture that allows the combination of different car parts, according to the modular matrix principle, time and time again. This increases the diversity of the product line-up and the efficiency of production, engines and material mix.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2012)

February 2012

For many future technologies, rare earths are indispensable. They can be found in mobile phones, wind turbines or energy saving lamps. Car manufacture also benefits from these enhancer metals, which can be found in different car parts, for example in the catalytic converter and the electric motor, in polishes and LED headlights as well as in the battery of hybrid and e-cars. The hightech metals are not as rare as their name suggests: They are more common than gold. At the same time there is an ongoing and vigorous search for recycling methods and substitute resources.

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NO 08

NO 08 (8/2011)

December 2011

A total of several hundred lights can be built in, and on, a car. They contribute to the driver's security as well as to his comfort. Thanks to daytime running lights, which are mandatory for new cars since the beginning of the year, the driver is seen better. In order that he himself sees better at night, new lights shine on roads alongside the headlight classic halogen: xenon and LED. They have a longer lifespan and consume less electricity. Light assistants contribute to security and comfort as well. New headlights think with the driver, sometimes even faster than him, and nightvision systems with infrared light extend his viewing range in the dark.

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NO 07

NO 07 (7/2011)

November 2011

To determine a car's impact on the environment one has to look at its whole lifespan. It ranges from the production process to the use of the vehicle to its recycling. Therefore environmentally friendly thinking already begins during production. It is essential to save energy, water, waste and emissions at this stage. In order to reduce the CO2 emissions during the utilization phase, cars are equipped with new technologies which lower fuel consumption. Finally, recycling saves resources and lowers the total CO2 balance of cars.

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NO 06

NO 06 (6/2011)

October 2011

While small cars have been shaping the street scene in Japan or Brazil for a long time, the trend in Europe is slowly but surely pointing towards minimalism too. Small cars are cheaper than their big relatives in terms of price and maintenance and constitute a response to growing environmental awareness. A new generation of small cars is already waiting at the starting blocks, the so called micro cars. E-bikes, taxis or car sharing are other ways of granting many people individual access to mobility.

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NO 05

NO 05 (5/2011)

September 2011

Today’s engines work with different fuels in different ways. Although electric engines get by without any combustion, and thus have a relatively good CO2 balance, their average range is rather limited. In order to change that, intensive research is currently taking place into new batteries. Classical combustion engines have much bigger ranges but are dependent on oil and emit more CO2. In this edition of VIAVISION, you will find out how engines work and about what potential still exists for their optimization. Plus: hybrids in comparison.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2011)

August 2011

Today's materials have to meet high demands: They should be light in order to reduce consumption – without compromising stability. This is made possible by stronger steels, aluminum, magnesium or fiber reinforced polymers such as carbon fiber. New lacquers are more than just color: Nano lacquer prevents a car of flaws, and self-healing lacquer closes up minor damages in the top coat autonomously. Also thanks to new materials, today's tires have low rolling friction without losing their good grip. August's edition of VIAVISION gives you an overview of the potential of materials.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2011)

July 2011

Volkswagen's way to sustainable mobility is based on a combination of diverse technologies: Clean Diesel technology is currently experiencing an enormous boost in the USA. Today, every fourth Volkswagen sold in the USA is equipped with a Clean Diesel engine, a clear upward trend. Volkswagen’s Blue Motion lineup combines high utility and extreme efficiency. Another decisive step is plug-in hybrid technology, which has high potential for reducing CO2 emissions. And, with the 1-liter car, the close to mass production study XL1, Volkswagen is today already proving what is possible technically.

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NO 02

NO 02 (2/2011)

March 2011

The electric engine is being celebrated as the drive of the future by its fans. A little known fact: The e-car is not an invention of our time. It had already been built five years before the first gasoline car. The combustion engine became predominant in the 20th century because oil became a particularly cheap and energy rich fuel. Today circumstances are being reversed: Oil is getting scarcer and more expensive; batteries are becoming cheaper and more powerful. This is what gives the e-drive the chance to go into mass production after more than 100 years.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2011)

February 2011

Qatar is being talked about, not just because it is to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but especially because of its role as an international investor. Within no time at all the country has become a global player. Qatar owes its progress to its resources: It has enormous natural gas reserves, the third largest in the world, as well as ample oil. A Growing Nation.

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NO 09

NO 09 (9/2010)

November 2010

The Car Connection

The Most Important Collaborations in the Car Industry

Including all key figures for the most important car manufacturers and suppliers.

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NO 07/08

NO 07/08 (7/2010)

July/August 2010

With optimized combustion engines, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars are decreasing constantly. At the same time, the distribution of alternative fuels will have tripled by 2020 – in contrast to petroleum, where availability is limited, biofuels are renewable, eco-friendly and are becoming more and more popular. VIAVISON's edition for July and August gives you an overview of alternative fuels and illustrates their green potential. Also: efficient engines – how can intelligent technology be used for economical yet powerful vehicles? And: green is in fashion – eco-friendly cars dominate the streets of tomorrow.

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NO 06

NO 06 (6/2010)

June 2010

According to current estimates, the electricity consumption worldwide will have almost doubled by 2030, due to economic growth and population increase. At the same time, fossil fuels will not be available without limitation and there is a need for alternatives. June's edition of VIAVISION gives you an overview of renewable energy sources in Germany and shows you the challenges tomorrow's electricity supply will have to meet. Furthermore: Is the fuel cell any good as an alternative type of drive? How much electricity do electric cars actually need?

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NO 05

NO 05 (5/2010)

May 2010

The rate of electrically or semi-electrically powered vehicles is growing worldwide. Already today a large part of all the trips taken in Germany could be made with an electric drive. However, for the e-car to be suitable for daily use and the mass market, batteries will have to become lighter and cheaper. May's edition of VIAVISION gives you an overview of the latest state of the art and the current challenges in battery technology, explains how lithium-ion batteries work and tells you about the world's lithium reserves. Also: China in numbers - facts about the automotive industry of the world's largest car producer.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2010)

April 2010

Today, about three quarters of all passenger cars on German roads run on petrol - a lot of energy is already being saved with optimized combustion engines. However, alternative engines can be even more efficient and environmentally friendly, depending on the the distance to be covered and the weight of the vehicle. April's edition of VIAVISION gives you an overview of the different types of drives, and shows you the advantages and disadvantages as well as the development potential of the optimized combustion engine, the electric motor, the fuel cell and the hybrid drive. Automotive lightweight construction can also help to make vehicles more efficient and eco-friendly. Also: South America in numbers -- Brasil as the world's second largest ethanol producer.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2010)

March 2010

Already today half of the world's population lives in cities. In years to come, the metropolises especially in the emerging and developing countries are going to grow into ever larger megacities. The March edition of VIAVISION illustrates the challenges the rapid urbanization means for the environment and the transport sector and points out possible solutions: carsharing, speaking traffic light systems and electric stand-up scooters help to improve the overstrained infrastructure. Plus: emerging countries as the engine of global economy - focus on India.

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NO 04

NO 04 (4/2009)

September 2009

The path towards tomorrow's mobility is not an easy one for car manufacturers to tread. They have to tackle the issue of shrinking fossil fuels, while at the same time they need to develop eco-friendly technologies and provide mobility solutions for people in the newly industrializing nations. In this situation, only those manufacturers with a wide range can win. Just like the Volkswagen group which, with its broad spectrum of models, has just the car for every customer. Be it a luxury saloon car, a family van or an economical eletric car – the team from Wolfsburg makes the dreams of today's and tomorrow's drivers come true.

Additionally, VIAVISION NO 04 explains why the electric engine does not suffice as a concept for future mobility, and which problems the engineers have to overcome before an electric vehicle that is both efficient and practical can go into mass production.

On 18 pages, Volkswagen also grants you an exclusive glance at the new models from its range of marques. The models are to be presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, from September 15.

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NO 03

NO 03 (3/2009)

July 2009

The development of new engine concepts at Volkswagen is based on a broad conceptual approach; seeking a more efficient use of existing technology and, at the same time, the search for alternatives. The 3^rd issue of VIAVISION focuses on two examples of emerging technology: the TDI-engine, a turbo charged direct injection engine, and the natural gas engine.

TDI technology is characterized by greater fuel efficiency, longer operational performance and lower emissions. VIAVISION looks back on a twenty year success story.

The topic of natural gas technology is explored and the most important questions regarding safety and costs are answered. The natural gas Scirocco demonstrates that motorsports and sustainable mobility need not be mutually exclusive concepts.

Other topics featured in this issue include; the off-setting of CO_2 emissions by means of global tree planting projects, and the Internal Environment Awards, acknowledging Volkswagen employee's commitment to environment preservation.

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NO 02

NO 02 (2/2009)

May 2009

How does Germany benefit from the scrapping premium? The second edition of VIAVISION is putting special emphasis on this question. VIAVISION sets out to eliminate common prejudices and illustrates how the scrapping premium cannot only contribute to a respectful treatment of the environment, but also helps to safeguard jobs.

Furthermore, we are taking a look at the issue of recycling. Thanks to the Volkswagen-SiCon Process, Volkswagen is able to recycle up to 95 percent of an old vehicle. In other areas the focus is on sustainability as well: in April, northern Germany's largest photovoltaic system was inaugurated on the roofs of the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg.

Other topics on the agenda include: solar technology in the car, autonomous vehicles, and driver-assistance systems.

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NO 01

NO 01 (1/2009)

March 2009

This first edition of VIAVISION, marking the opening of the Geneva Motor Show (March 5 – 15), is dedicated to BlueMotionTechnologies – our umbrella brand for sustainable mobility. Under this label, Volkswagen has grouped together long-term engine and fuel strategies; taking into account both the growing shortage of raw materials as well as the pressing need for environmental conservation. The eco-friendly supplementary technologies of the BlueMotion range, such as the recovery of electrical energy through recuperation, the start-stop function and the SCR- and NOX-storage catalysts, as well as alternative drive-trains – using natural gas or hybrid systems for example - are presented and explained in a clear and accessible manner.

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