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January 29, 1992 | Associated Press
Volkswagen United States said Tuesday that it will cover car payments and insurance for up to 12 months for new Volkswagen buyers laid off because of the recession. Consumers buying or leasing cars between Tuesday and March 31 qualify for the program, whether or not they finance the deal through VW Credit Inc. The company said it will pay up to $500 a month for car payments and insurance.
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November 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, has tough marching orders from his German bosses back in Wolfsburg: Sell 1 million VWs and Audis annually in America by 2018. It'll be quite a challenge, even though the company is having a banner year. Bolstered by its redesigned Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat that's being built at the company's new factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., VW sales are up 24% so far this year, more than double the overall industry. Audi sales are up nearly 17%. In all, VW is looking at selling a little more than 400,000 vehicles in the United States this year, which means the automaker would have to more than double sales to reach the target in six years.
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, has tough marching orders from his German bosses back in Wolfsburg: Sell 1 million VWs and Audis annually in America by 2018. It'll be quite a challenge, even though the company is having a banner year. Bolstered by its redesigned Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat that's being built at the company's new factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., VW sales are up 24% so far this year, more than double the overall industry. Audi sales are up nearly 17%. In all, VW is looking at selling a little more than 400,000 vehicles in the United States this year, which means the automaker would have to more than double sales to reach the target in six years.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1992 | Associated Press
Volkswagen United States said Tuesday that it will cover car payments and insurance for up to 12 months for new Volkswagen buyers laid off because of the recession. Consumers buying or leasing cars between Tuesday and March 31 qualify for the program, whether or not they finance the deal through VW Credit Inc. The company said it will pay up to $500 a month for car payments and insurance.
AUTOS
January 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
It's hard not to spot an import brand car on American roads. That wasn't always the case, Volkswagen reminds us as it commemorated the shipment of the first Beetle to New York City 65 years ago. Back in January 1949, Volkswagen delivered a VW “Type 1,” or Beetle, to Ben Pon Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer. “It made inroads very tentatively selling only two that first year and then seemed to burst like wildfire,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
BUSINESS
July 4, 1995 | Jack Searles
A computer consulting firm has moved to Westlake Village from Palos Verdes, occupying a 35,000-square-foot office building formerly used by Volkswagen of America Inc. The company, Media Systems Consultants, subleased the property for 52 months at a cost of $2 million, according to Grubb & Ellis Co.'s Sherman Oaks office. The building is owned by International Properties & Investments of Westlake Village. Volkswagen of America is based in Auburn, Mich.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1988
Hans-Jorg Hungerland, currently export sales manager for Volkswagen AG in West Germany, will become president and chief executive of Volkswagen of America effective March 1, 1989. Hungerland, 47, will replace Noel Phillips, who has been appointed president and chief executive of Autolatina, formed in 1987 when Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co. merged operations in Argentina and Brazil. Phillips, 54, will become head of Autolatina effective July 1, 1989, and be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
Volkswagen of America Inc. will unveil new print and television ads for the second-generation New Beetle during a news conference today in New York City. The advertising industry has been waiting to see how the campaign, designed by Boston-based Arnold Advertising, stacks up against now-legendary ads that New York agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (now DDB Needham Worldwide) created for the original Bug during the 1960s.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Volkswagen of America Picks New Ad Agency: Arnold Fortuna Lawner & Cabot of Boston is the winner. The firm creates advertising for Titleist golf balls, McDonald's franchise groups and Nynex calling cards and pay phone service. The auto maker declined to say how much it spends on advertising, but the amount has been estimated at $110 million. The agency and its predecessor shops have also created advertising for the Oldsmobile and Subaru dealer associations in New England. Auburn Hills, Mich.
NEWS
February 11, 1986 | Associated Press
Volkswagen of America Inc. said Monday it will recall about 18,000 Vanagons and Campers because of problems with rear door latches. The company said that a rear sliding-door lock may be damaged if it is slammed shut too often. Volkswagen said it had received no accident reports associated with the defect.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1989
Volkswagen of America says a Chinese company has tentatively agreed to buy the remaining equipment at its closed Westmoreland County assembly plant for an undisclosed price. VW officials said the purchase agreement with First Automobile Workers of Changchun, China, calls for the equipment to begin being removed in about four months and shipped to China.
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