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AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2015: Volkswagen named many innovative automobile manufacturer of a decade

This dusk saw a tenth arrangement of a annual AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards for well-developed innovative feat in a automotive industry. The Volkswagen Group emerged as one of a evening’s large winners, securing a endowment for “Most innovative automobile manufacturer 2015” as good as receiving a special endowment for “Most innovative automobile manufacturer of a decade”. Volkswagen Group developers also achieved initial place in a categories for “Networked vehicle”, “Vehicle concepts”, “Conventional drives” and “Safety systems”. The AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards are presented any year by a Center of Automotive Management (CAM) in team-work with a auditing and consultancy organisation PwC.

The Volkswagen Group stands for higher technological imagination and a far-reaching portfolio of innovative brands. This was a end of a latest news by a CAM, that this year again names a Wolfsburg organisation as a world’s many innovative automotive company. The Group’s innovative strength over a past decade was also commended in a study. The central reason by CAM and PwC for a endowment concurred that “1251 particular innovations, 212 of that were universe firsts, have been grown by Volkswagen in a final 10 years. Highlights among these embody a XL11, a height for new technology; a Bugatti Veyron2, a many absolute and fastest prolongation vehicle; Audi’s LED pattern headlights; and a initial dry twin purchase 7-speed gearbox to go into array production.”

At a awards ceremony, Professor Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development during Audi and obliged for cross-brand growth coordination within a Volkswagen Group, said: “I share this endowment with a 600,000 employees of all a 12 brands of a Volkswagen Group in Germany and all a locations around a world. They are formulating a mobility of tomorrow. It is their high-level technical expertise, good creativity and a glorious peculiarity of their work that make a Volkswagen Group a heading dignitary in a automotive field.”

Dr Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Board Member for growth of a Volkswagen code and conduct of drivetrain growth of a Volkswagen Group, said: “The pivotal to a company’s success is a innovative strength. We will continue to extend a technological care and accommodate a technological hurdles of a destiny with tolerable products.”

Volkswagen Group cumulative a endowment for best manufacturer in a “Conventional drives” category. Among other things, a investigate commended a high suit of engine innovations with start/stop and recuperation technologies that promote to revoke fuel expenditure by an normal of 14 per cent. Moreover, a far-reaching operation of fit engines also finds a approach into a Group’s several brands really quickly.

The Volkswagen Group also validated a pioneering standing in a “Safety systems” category, interjection to a countless motorist assistance and reserve systems. Many innovations are anticipating their approach into a new Audi Q7, including a deterrence assistant, night prophesy support (which recognises animals and people) and cross-traffic support (which protects a motorist from colliding with approaching vehicles when branch opposite a upsurge of trade and during low speed). Special discuss is also done of a stream Passat’s highlights, that embody a world’s initial Emergency Assist system, and a new Trailer Assist, that facilitates manoeuvring with a trailer.

The CAM investigate also reveals a transparent lead of a Volkswagen Group in presenting a many innovations in a “Networked vehicle” difficulty as well. Here a trend has been towards new handling and arrangement concepts, such as a “Virtual Cockpit” in a Audi TT. The control judgment automobile Volkswagen Golf R Touch in that a series of touchscreens reinstate a required controls also came in for praise.

The investigate also gave a certain rating in a margin of “Vehicle concepts / body”. In a stream Passat a use of lightweight metals in a bodywork and framework has yielded assets of adult to 85 kilograms in weight. Moreover, a high-strength steels and aluminium used in a Audi Q7 have led to weight reductions of adult to 325 kilograms. In a “Vehicle concepts” territory a Audi TT Sportback judgment automobile – a reduction between a sports automobile and a 4-door coupé – was singled out for praise.

The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) in Bergisch-Gladbach (Germany) is an eccentric hospital for experimental investigate on automotive and mobility issues that conducts endless studies together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on an annual basis. This year’s research lonesome 18 tellurian automotive groups with a sum of 53 brands. For a past 10 years, a CAM has been assessing new developments in automobile record to brand destiny trends and creation profiles of a tellurian automotive companies opposite a operation of opposite categories.

1XL1: fuel expenditure in l/100 km: 0.9 (combined); electricity expenditure in kWh/100 km: 7.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 21 (combined); potency class: A+

2Bugatti Veyron: Fuel expenditure in l/100 km: 24.9 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 596 (combined); potency class: G