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When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors tends to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. The company first dazzled us with the two-seat all-electric Roadster, then followed up with the gorgeous Model S. The company is just weeks away from delivering the first Model X crossovers to paying customers and is just a little over a year away from unveiling its “affordable” Model III electric sedan. In the grand scheme of things, however, Tesla is just a tiny player compared to some of the well-entrenched automakers around the globe. One such powerhouse is the Volkswagen Group, and more specifically, its Audi division.  Audi announced this week that it has partnered with LG Chem and Samsung... Read more...
Volkswagen is taking a kitchen sink approach to in-car infotainment technology for its new vehicles. All 2016 VWs will include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so customers can have a solid experience regardless of their smartphone brand. Android Auto“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile,” said Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn. “As the people car brand, we knew that it was important to democratize these technologies across the Volkswagen line-up, with features like App-Connect ensuring that more consumers... Read more...
Following the introductions of the dynamic-looking Ford GT and Acura NSX in January (not to mention the Ferrari 488 GTB), forgive me if I’m a bit “meh” on the redesign of the new Audi R8. The inspiration for R8 was unveiled in 2003 as the Le Mans quattro concept. The production version of the vehicle didn’t enter production until 2008, and here we are now with the second-generation model. Styling wise, the all-new R8 borrows heavily from its predecessor while also picking up a few design cues from its lesser TT sibling. Audi R8 V10Add it all up and it’s a design that won’t be mistaken for anything other than an R8, and shows an evolutionary cadence that is more in step with the design progression... Read more...
If there's one thing that the world at large is pushing for Apple to enter into, it's the television market. But long before those wishes became a reality, many were hoping that Apple would do for the automobile what it did for phones and MP3 players: reinvent the wheel, so to speak. There have been various reports over the years regarding the late Steve Jobs' ideal of changing up the motorcar, and while most every car company on the planet now offers some level of iDevice support, there hasn't been much done beyond surface-level integration. Now, however, Volkswagen is hoping to step that up a notch. While it's not exactly the iCar you may have been waiting for, the new iBeetle showcased at... Read more...
On a national holiday, when most of us are enjoying being at home instead of at work, it’s nice to see a work/life balance story coming out of Germany. According to the BBC, car maker Volkswagen has agreed to stop sending email to its employees after work hours. The move is designed to better establish boundaries between their home and work lives, and it came after complaints about the lack thereof. Reportedly, its BlackBerry email servers will cease routing emails half an hour before employees’ shifts end won’t resume until half an hour after their shifts begin again. The ban on company email will not affect employees’ use of their BlackBerrys on their own time. A spokesperson... Read more...
Autonet Mobile has been around for years, believe it or not. We know -- it's not like you've actually seen Wi-Fi in too many cars, but the company has been installing its services in vehicles for quite some time. Just recently, however, the service has begun to gain real traction in America, and we don't think it's a coincidence that inflight Wi-Fi has caught on at the same time. Let's face it: individuals are finding it harder and harder to live without a Web connection, so it's a golden opportunity for companies such as this to bring the Internet to places it has rarely been before.In a blockbuster announcement with Volkswagen, Autonet Mobile has proclaimed that it has signed an agreement to... Read more...
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