Polo (VW)

Apr 19, 2019

On April 16, VW showcased the ID.ROOMZZ full-size electric concept SUV, Teramont X 5-seat coupe SUV, next-generation Sagitar, T-Cross SUV, and next-generation Polo at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.
The next-generation Sagitar and the T-Cross SUV were launched in China on March 18 and April 11 respectively. The Teramont X will be launched in China in May, while the next-generation Polo in June. VW will also launch a small-size SUV in 2019.
VW has already launched 25 models in China. It will launch 5 models in China in 2019 including 3 all-new models. By 2020, the company will have 30 Chinese models. It will launch 6 models (all-new and derivative models included) in China in 2020.
From a VW China press release

Apr 19, 2019

On April 16, Genesis revealed the Mint Concept at Hudson Yards, ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The two-passenger Mint Concept introduces the all-electric, luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.
The Mint Concept is powered by a high density, battery-electric powertrain, which is capable of an estimated 200 miles per full charge and 350 kW fast recharging.
The lightweight runabout reimagines the shape of the city car, tailored to the needs of modern lifestyle.
Design of the Mint Concept was a studio collaboration of Genesis Global Advanced Design in Germany, Genesis Design Team in the U.S., and the Namyang Design Center in South Korea.
In lieu of a conventional trunk with a rear hatch, the Mint Concept’s rear compartment features a parcel shelf accessed by scissor-style side openings engineered with a low load-in point to allow for easy stowage and retrieval.
The center console, which houses a central control knob, can be folded, turning the floating front bench into a settee.
Ingress and egress are made easier due to the automatic swiveling capability of the instrument panel and the bench seat.

(Genesis press release on April 16, 2019)

Apr 17, 2019

On April 8, VW Trucks & Buses announced the inauguration of its second production line at its plant in Querétaro, Mexico.
With an investment of EUR 1.5 million, the new line will occupy an area of 900 square meters within the 18,720 square meters of the Queretaro plant to produce MAN RR3 19.360 / 19.480 and RR5 26.480 chassis for the road and charter bus market.
Volkswagen AG has been present in Querétaro since 2004, when it inaugurated the Querétaro plant and its first production line.
Line 2 of Querétaro has six workstations, capable of mounting one chassis per day, with 12 employees, including an operator, two logistics professionals and a quality inspector.
The MAN RR3 19.360 / 19.480 and RR5 26.480 chassis that will be produced come with MAN D2066 EEV six-cylinder engines ranging from 400 to 480 hp, with Euro 5 technology, and TipMatic 12-speed gearboxes.
The bodybuilders approved by MAN for these platforms are Marcopolo, Ayats and Irizar, in their single or double floor versions, from 13 to 15 meters in length.
The MAN RR5 26.480 chassis is optimized for the manufacture of double-decker buses.
(VWCO press release on April 8, 2019)

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