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VW ‘Project Trinity’ teases cars that unlock features on-demand

Volkswagen claims it’s “not afraid” of the threat posed by any Apple Car and released this shadowy teaser image that may represent why. The image is a teaser for Project Trinity, an electric sedan that CEO Ralf Brandstätter called “our software dream car.” Like any pie in the sky concept it of course is designed …

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Volkswagen is using its electric ID.Buzz van to test self-driving tech

Volkswagen at one time said its electric ID.Buzz van would reach dealerships by 2022 (that announcement has been removed but you can view it in the Internet Archive), but news from its commercial division confirms that at least an unveiling is still on deck for next year. Beyond that, VW autonomous driving exec Christian Senger …

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A silicon chip shortage is causing automakers to idle their factories

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images You may have noticed that it’s difficult to get ahold of new high-end graphics cards and game consoles these days. In large part, that’s due to an ongoing global shortage affecting semiconductor foundries. As it turns out, the problem is even more pronounced in the auto industry. In fact, …

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Volkswagen shelves the ID Buggy to focus on more mainstream EVs

Engadget Volkswagen won’t release a production variant of its whimsical electric dune buggy prototype. In an interview with Autocar, VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter said the automaker plans to focus on models with mainstream appeal instead of niche projects like the ID Buggy.  “No, we won’t do this car,” he told the publication when asked about …

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These streamliners are the world’s most aerodynamic cars

In 1980, Volkswagen built the ARVW concept car, the most aerodynamic vehicle it has ever created. It achieved a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.15. By contrast, most road cars have a Cd of between 0.3-0.4. Volkswagen The ARVW was able to reach 225mph (362km/h) at the Nardo high speed bowl. Volkswagen The Model 3 …

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