Hannover, 13 April 2021 – A recipe for success – take the best van of its time and add the comfort of a car and unprecedented variability in the interior. The result: the Multivan. Still an icon of its genre. A cult vehicle for generations. Unique Bulli DNA. Even a completely new Multivan will remain true to this DNA. And that’s precisely the plan: later this year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be taking the Multivan and the associated lifestyle feeling into the next automotive era.
Hannover, 25 March 2021 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is systematically continuing its transformation and aiming to grow significantly again in the medium-term future. At today's annual press conference, CEO Carsten Intra confirmed the company's GRIP2025+ strategy. The company, headquartered in Hannover, achieved important milestones in the implementation of this strategy in the past year: since its world premiere and commencement of sales, the new Caddy has been very positively received in the markets. The cooperation with Ford on three vehicle projects is on schedule, boosting VWCV’s business customer offensive. In the premium supplier field for family and leisure, the successful camping vehicle segment has been expanded with the new Caddy California. For all California models the number of orders taken in 2020 was around 60 per cent up on the previous year. As part of the GRIP strategy, Carsten Intra also announced a new division under the VWCV umbrella, in which all activities on every aspect of future mobility services and the development of autonomous driving are being pooled. Autonomous vehicles are to be tested as early as this year.
Hannover, 5 March 2021 – 65 years old, but still way off retirement: the legendary VW T2, lovingly called the Bulli by its fans, has been produced at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ plant in Hannover-Stöcken since 8 March 1956. Since then more than 9 million Bullis have been produced at the factory. The production operation at the plant is currently being extensively modernised and reorganised. With the launch of the new Multivan this year and with the ID.BUZZ (in 2022), the Hannover factory will for the first time be making vehicles with conventional, plug-in hybrid and fully electric drive systems.
Hannover, 4 March 2021 – To optimise the delivery of parcels and to help delivery staff with their work – that is what Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and logistics firm Hermes have undertaken to do and they are working together on this with development specialists like the start-up Neohelden from Karlsruhe, Germany. After a record year for the courier and parcel delivery sector in Germany with an estimated volume of over four billion parcels nationwide (source: ‘Parcel Shipping Index 2021’, Pitney Bowes) the sector is looking at innovations like their app ‘Neo’, which is currently being trialled in a pilot scheme in East London (Great Britain). This assistant can be operated by voice control and touchscreen and provides relevant information on the next delivery both in spoken format and visually.
Hannover, 1 March 2021 – Today sees the start of the third running of the ‘360 Degrees German’ project that helps refugees to improve their German language skills and thus also their ability to participate in society and working life. As when the programme was run for the first two times in 2017/18 and 2019/20, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is again working in conjunction with Volkswagen Group Refugee Aid in assisting with the project’s implementation. By providing work-related German projects combined with imparting general knowledge on all aspects of work and life in Germany, the aim is to enable refugees to enter working life. By the time of today's launch, 24 men and women were already registered on the programme, taking the total number of participants on the three courses to 102.
Hanover, 26 February 2021 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is consistently and rapidly advancing the development and implementation of autonomous driving. “With the confirmation of the group’s supervisory board for our Autonomous Driving R&D program, we are setting the course for the future of mobility. Autonomous, electric driving will make an important contribution to urban mobility and road safety. Our vehicles are the logical first choice to apply such systems to", explains Carsten Intra, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, after today's Supervisory Board meeting of the Volkswagen Group.
Hannover, 1 March 2021 – For the first time ever, a VW Bulli is now also available in PLAYMOBIL format (scale ca. 1:18). Despite the small size, it features great attention to detail, as a real exemplar was available: a 1962 T1 camper from the collection of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers (VWNO) in Hannover acted as model.
Hannover, 18 February 2021 – After a record year for the courier and parcel delivery sector in Germany with an estimated volume of over four billion parcels nationwide (source: ‘Parcel Shipping Index 2021’, Pitney Bowes), the industry faces the question of how delivering parcels to customers can be further optimised. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is cooperating in this challenge also with logistics provider Hermes in order to support their parcel delivery staff with innovative assistance systems for Volkswagen Transporter and Crafter delivery vehicles. Being run by Munich start-up Viscopic, a pilot project aimed at doing just this is now starting in Bavaria. Their software solution initially learns the routes to be taken and then sorts the parcels for the next round into a logical order for loading, in order to save tiresome searching and sorting time en route.