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74Krafcik says VW merging with Fiat Chrysler would be a 'brilliant' idea

"For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other." –John Krafcik

18VW could triple current SUV lineup, key CUV may be delayed

Crossovers are one of the dominant global vehicle segments of the moment, and Volkswagen is realizing that to grow sales as quickly as it wants, the business needs more of them in the lineup. However, the US might miss out on some of this CUV bonanza because the company is still waffling over where to build the Crossblue.

36VW Group profits rise 27%, Americas still lag

Financially, things are looking up for Volkswagen Group overall, yet deliveries are still falling in the Americas. Worldwide, the automotive giant's profits after taxes rose 26.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 2.47 billion euros ($3.4 billion). Total sales revenue was up 2.7 percent to 47.8 billion euro ($66 billion).

75VW makes $23K on every Porsche sold, more than Bentley or Lamborghini

It's a good time to be in the luxury car business. In Volkswagen Group's financial report for the 2013 fiscal year, it is revealed that that Porsche enjoyed an operating margin of 18 percent. That means the Stuttgart brand made on average about $23,200 per car sold, according to BusinessWeek. Bentley wasn't far behind, and Audi (which was combined with Lamborghini) posted a 10.1 percent margin. This compares to only around 2.9 percent for the Volkswagen brand.

6VW Group opens new plant in China

As the top market for the Volkswagen Group, China will be getting plenty of attention in coming years when it comes to vehicle production starting with an all-new plant in Foshan. The new plant celebrated the production of its first car this week – a seventh-gen Volkswagen Golf – but the Audi A3 will also join the line by the end of this year.

52Porsche Macan sales may push brand past 200K unit goal early

In late 2010, Volkswagen announced that it would spend the equivalent of $71 billion through 2015 to beef up its product lineup, determined to overtake Toyota in overall sales and profitability by 2018. Each of VW's many brands, in turn, would play its part contributing to a goal of 10 million sales per year. VW-owned Porsche was expected to sell 200,000 vehicles per year by 2018, but with the imminent arrival of the Macan small sport utility vehicle in 2014, the automaker is poised to meet that

25Volkswagen cleared for MAN truck takeover

Volkswagen is on the rise, and has its eye on becoming the largest automaker in the world. But the VW Group is about more than just cars. Their considerable holdings and expanding corporate tree also encompasses several heavy truck manufacturers, and that part of the business has now been cleared to expand.

71Rumormill: Next Bugatti Veyron to hit 270 mph

Bugatti is reportedly beginning work on the next generation Veyron, and rumor has it that they're looking to hit Ludicrous Speed. Okay, maybe it won't go quite that fast, but with a target of 270 miles per hour, it figures to be pretty darn close.

33Report: Porsche will develop sporty VWs, not Audi

Sometimes, the children just refuse to get along, leaving it up to the parent to swoop in, clean up the messy bits and make a judgment. Such is the case at the Volkswagen Group, where corporate stepchildren Audi and Porsche were both fighting for the right to develop future sports cars and luxury sedans for the German auto conglomerate's portfolio of brands.

9Officially Official: VW of America names Browning as new CEO

Yesterday, we reported that Volkswagen was planning to name Jonathan Browning as its new CEO of United States operations. At 11:00 AM today, VW did just that – Browning will officially assume the role on October 1st of this year.

4Meet the New Boss: Porsche, VW swap top execs in management reshuffle

Porsche's integration into the Volkswagen Group has already and will undoubtedly continue to see increased cooperation between the allied German automakers in a number of arenas, from platforms and engines to production methods and technology. And let's not forget personnel, as evidenced by the latest shift in top management announced by Porsche and Volkswagen.

2Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

45Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

14Audi confirms Q3 production - in Spain - but decision on U.S. production "postponed"

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Quattro Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

26Rendered Speculation: Audi to resurrect Ur-Quattro with lightweight twin-turbo A5?

As far as classic Audi models go, nothing is as iconic as the legendary "Ur-Quattro". The 1985 Audi Quattro was a beast of a car in its day, even if it only had 160 horsepower. When the new Audi S5 hit the roads, the Ingolstadt fanatics over at Fourtitude stacked the two of them up against each other, but if the latest products of the ever-churning rumormill are to be believed, Audi may be cooking one up a successor of their own.

AddFirst Drive: Sailing in Stuttgart with Porsche's Cayenne S Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid - Click above for high-res gallery

24First Drive: Sailing in Stuttgart with Porsche's Cayenne S Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid - Click above for high-res gallery

32Audi Q5 hits America carrying $37,200 MSRP

Click on the image above for a high-res gallery of the Audi Q5

3Will the prodigal Bernhard return to Chrysler?

It's no secret that Wolfgang Bernhard, the VW brand's head honcho, is not happy with the fact that current VW Group Chairman Bernd Pischetsrider is resigning at the end of the year. Pischetsrieder was one of the major players involved in bringing Bernhard over from DaimlerChrysler and tasking the dapper executive with VeeDub's turnaround. Adding salt to the wound is who was chosen to replace Pischetsrieder as the Chairman of the VW Group – Martin Winterkorn, Bernhard's counterpart at Audi

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