Press release from Volkswagen regarding the CO2 issue.

VW Logo with Das Emissions written under

CO2 issue largely concluded

No unlawful change to the stated fuel consumption and CO2 figures found to date
Only a small number of the model variants of new cars will have the catalogue figure slightly adjusted

Wolfsburg, 9 December 2015 – Just a month after questions relating to the CO2 figures measured on some of the Group’s models arose, Volkswagen has largely concluded the clarification of the matter. Following extensive internal investigations and measurement checks, it is now clear that almost all of these model variants do correspond to the CO2 figures originally determined. This means that these vehicles can be marketed and sold without any limitations. The suspicion that the fuel consumption figures of current production vehicles had been unlawfully changed was not confirmed. During internal re-measurements slight deviations were found on just nine model variants of the Volkswagen brand.

These model variants will be re-measured by a neutral technical service under the supervision of the appropriate authority by Christmas. In cases where the correctness of original figures is confirmed, there will be no consequences. These cars can be offered for sale by dealers without any reservations. In the case of any deviations, the figures will be adjusted in the future in the course of the normal processes as required.

Volkswagen presented these results to the investigation commission of the Federal Government and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The figure of approximately 800,000 vehicles under suspicion originally published by the Volkswagen Group has not been confirmed. The deviations found in the figures for only nine model variants amount to a few grams of CO2 on average, corresponding to increased cycle consumption in the NEDC of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres. With an annual production of approximately 36,000 vehicles, these model variants correspond to around only 0.5 per cent of the volume of the Volkswagen brand. The list of the nine model variants can be found at www.volkswagen- media-services.com.

The Group’s subsidiaries Audi, SKODA and SEAT have also agreed a similar procedure with the approval authorities responsible for the vehicles initially considered.

Customers’ real-world consumption figures do not change and neither are any technical vehicle modifications necessary. Against this background, the negative impact on earnings of
€2 billion that was originally expected has not been confirmed.

Whether we will have a minor economic impact, depends on the results of the re-measurement exercise.

VW Logo with Das Emissions written below

VW Emissiongate

Hailstorm at car factory damages up to 28,000 Volkswagens

Volkswagen has blamed a hailstorm for a slump in its car deliveries last month, after golf ball-size clumps of ice hammered car parks full of 28,000 brand-new vehicles.

The storm, in the Wolfsburg region of Germany, where the manufacturer has a major factory, resulted in broken windscreens, dented bodywork and scratches on paintwork. It forced the manufacturer to halt deliveries while it hired inspectors to pore over each car, searching for damage.

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Most of the cars were built to order for customers across Europe. Drivers have been offered a discount on the list price if their vehicle was damaged and then repaired by VW. They also have the option to wait for a brand new car to be built.

The German car company said that it was fully insured against the cost of the storm, which is likely to run to several millions of pounds, not least because it’s not the first time that its cars have fallen victim to severe storms. Last year, new Passats were damaged by hail at the car maker’s Chattanooga factory in America. In 2008, almost 30,000 cars needed repair work after another hailstorm in Emden, Germany, where cars are held before being exported.

Volkswagen said that delays caused by the latest storm had “significantly affected” deliveries of its cars, particularly in Germany, where most of the affected vehicles were due to be sold. The number of drivers taking delivery of a car there fell from 401,200 in the first eight months of 2012 to 364,300 for the same period this year.

Around 200 cars ordered by British customers were caught by the hailstorm. Of these, 75 are still being restored to factory condition. Affected owners have been offered courtesy cars.

Taken from driving.co.uk with The Times

Tatton Park VW Show 2012 – Photo Report

Show report and pictures by Rob Blackwood of originals-art.com – if you particularly like any of the pictures you see here then please pop over to his website and get in touch – all pictures are available to purchase.

Now I’m no VW expert, but I love to look at them and more particularly, take photos of them and this caused us a bit of a problem at Tatton Park! Why i hear you ask …well let me tell you,choice and people is the answer.

We have been going to VW shows for a good few years now and we always manage to get hundreds and hundreds of shots between us, at Tatton we took a little over 100 shots, this was nothing to do with the quality of the vehicles on show (more about that later) the reason we took so few is simply because of the crowds, there were swarms of people surrounding all the super cars and buses on show it made getting a nice clean shot almost impossible! It really sounds like I am complaining, but believe me I really am not, quite the opposite really.  The quality and variety of vehicles on show was amazing, there was dubs there that I have not seen at any other show, along with some very nice Porsche and some very wacky beach bugs.
The whole showground had a really nice buzz about it, I’m sure the lovely sun had a lot to do with it, when we arrived on Saturday night and seen the 3hr downpour we thought it was going to be a washout, but like I have heard people say, Tatton seems to drain well and when we woke early on Sunday,the ground was almost bone dry!  The main reason for the feel good vibe, was just the fact it was one hell of a good show and a real family show.  We traded here for the first time and even the range and variety of trade stands were excellent, with lots of stalls to help us part with our hard earned cash!!  We had heard such alot of good reports about Tatton and sometimes this can be a recipe for disaster because you have such high hopes,but the show lived up to all our expectations.
Now the most technical bit you will ever get from me,our fave dubs were a nice two tone beetle and a ratty split that we have seen at many shows,i think its the cyclops light we like! and i loved the couple of old Porsches and the VW variants.
Hope to see you at a show soon,if you see a confused looking photographer say hello and explain that the engine is in the back.

Picture Blog from VolksPower 2012

I have decided to just do a picture blog for this show, partly because I am so busy cleaning mud of everything and doing my usual day job (running Classic Volks & York Classic VWs) and getting ready for setting of to CamperJam 2012 on Friday.  Seems the working weeks are very short currently as I am at shows pretty much every weekend, so I spend Mondays cleaning all camping equipment (all shows so far have been wet and muddy), and then Fridays are spent packing up and getting ready to go, with a day in the middle somewhere to give Miss Betsy (my 1969 Beetle a bit of love ready for her next trip).  We took plenty of pictures so please enjoy.

Dubs in’t Dales & Mighty Dub Fest

 – by Mark Stutt of Camperscape (VW camper hire)

Dubs In’t Dales

Logo for Dubs in't Dales - VW festival in the Yorkshire Dales

Dubs in’t Dales!

This is a very new to the scene and welcome addition to the growing list of VW shows happening in the North East of England; it’s really a bonus not having to travel to the other end of the country to get my VW show fix (we’re from Tynemouth) and I found out about it as I follow Kate one of the organisers on Twitter (@ClassicVolks) and Facebook.

With it being so close and especially in the Dales (one of my favourite areas in England) made it a no-brainer to go to. The price of £10 per campervan (for one nights camping and all entertainment) was a bargain!

The location at the Nidderdale Showground was perfect! Two minutes walk from the high street of the lovely village of Pateley Bridge was a pleasant change to being stuck in a field miles from any facilities and I’m sure the pubs, shops and takeaways had a roaring trade that weekend.

Splitcreen Wedding Camper

Splitscreen wedding camper belonging to VW4Weddings.co.uk – picture by ClassicVolks

The whole event had a really nice laid back vibe (like the shows back in the day), with enough trade stands and food stalls to keep you going for the two days and some great bands performing from an articulated lorry trailer as a stage (very old skool!). I met up with some old VW friends and made some new ones and the folks attending were a nice mix of old, young, families and couples and everyone got along nicely.

The show ‘n’ shine attracted some lovely buses, beetles and more modern VWs, my favourite though was a distinctly non-shiny ’53 Barn Door bus with more patina then the Titanic!

The weekend past too quickly and I’ve heard they want to make it a two-nighter next year; where do I sign up for tickets?

Mighty Dub Fest

Dubs driving off into the woods

Dubs driving off into the woods – picture by Classic Volks

This show is now in it’s third year (after moving from Newcastle Racecourse) and is settled in Druridge Bay, a fantastic coastal location with the beach two minutes from the beer tent!

Possibly the biggest show in the region (apologies to VolksPower in Redcar if that’s incorrect), the camping areas are around the lake with a large marquee housing the bar and stage for the plentiful bands that appeared. There was also a dance tent, plenty of trade stands (we were one – Camperscape), food and drink stalls and other things to keep the bairns happy. I know quite a few people in the local VW clubs and it was great to unwind listening to a few bands, having a laugh and catching up with people. This event coincided with Euro 2012 and the footy was even screened in the main tent!

Unfortunately the ‘so called’ British Summer didn’t arrive, but a monsoon did and the event was quickly re-christened Mighty Mud Fest! Barry and the other organisers and the local council and park staff battled to prevent it going the way of so many other VW shows this year and thanks to their efforts it wasn’t cancelled. There’s nothing the organisers could do about the weather and people pulled on their wellies and got on with enjoying themselves.

I also bumped into a former work colleague and it was great to catch up with Mark and Angela again, she runs tribal belly dancing classes (I didn’t join the workshop you’ll be pleased to hear!).

 These two events show the variety of VW festivals that are happening now in the North East and all the organisers should give themselves a pat on the back for putting the North East firmly on the VW map. See you at the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally on the 28 July!

 

 



Dubfreeze 2012 Show Report

Some may say we’re totally crazy, others know and understand our obsession. Yes, it was the middle of February and extremely cold but that was not going to stop us heading down for a night of camping in order to be on site ready for the first Veedub show of the year.

We Met a couple of club members in York and set off just after 12:30 – all very excited and very much looking forward to this – marking the start of the 2012 VW events season. Our first stop was Woodall services just over an hours drive from York, here we met up with some of the Sheffield Owners club and some of the Doncaster club as well as some of the RULE (R U Low Enough) Club. From there we convoyed the rest of the way down to Staffordshire Showground.

We arrived at the Showground at around 4pm and found our York Classic VWs Club camping area – a couple of our members had arrived before us as they had been in the area the night before. We set up our tent in the freezing cold – although I have to say putting the tent up and the excitement must have kept us warm as we didn’t notice how cold it was after a while. Once the tent was up it was time for a coffee in the tent with the heater on. We then all had a bar-b-que and sat around and chatted dubs for a few hours, then decided it was getting a little cold so thought we should head of to the bar where it may be a little warmer. The walk over to the bar, although only a few minutes, was absolutely freezing so the warmth on arriveing was very welcome. We stayed in the bar and chatted to fellow Veedubbers for a few hours. We then headed back to the cold, cold tent. Heater on and coffee made it was time to try and get some sleep. We managed to stay warm enough to get some sleep which was great – with the help of a heater and a great big duvet! The next morning we were all up nice and early – part of this due to the cold and partly because we were all very excited about the show. Coffee and bacon on the bar-b and then ready to head over to the show – thankfully this show is an indoor one. We had woken in the morning to snow on the ground (it did disappear pretty quickly though as the sun was shining).

The show The show didn’t open til 9am so until then we decided we should have a wonder round and look at some of the lovely VWs around, and there were some real beauties. At about 9:30 we decided that the queue would have gone down enough so to the show we went. First stop was up to Dogs N Dubs up on the balcony to take them a much needed bacon butty.

The show was absolutely jam packed – obviously a very popular show, I think the majority of people drove to Stafford on the day (not too many people around mad enough to camp in this cold weather!). It was very difficult at first to get anywhere – so busy. We had a good wander around the show and shine area – some absolutely gorgeous dubs in there, I would have found it very difficult to pick a winner. If you are looking to buy anything VW related whether parts of accessories or clothing this is definitely a show to visit. We saw some fantastic cars and vans for sale – if only we’d had some cash on us (actually, probably a good thing we didn’t as there may have been a good few veedubs heading back to York with us! There was an amazing number of parts for sale including panels etc. All in all a very good show – although I do think they maybe need a bigger venue.
To get a real idea of the show please visit our facebook page: and have a good look through the photo album for Dubfreeze 2012, I have only added a small sample of the photos on here.

Dubs on the Wolds July Meet

Written by Kate McCarthy of York Classic VWs – Click here to visit York Classic VWs website

Last night was the July meet of the Dubs on the Wolds club.
We set off from our house at around 6pm to meet Golf Girl at the B&Q car park so we could drive over to Driffield together.  We left B&Q car park in “Betsy” the VW Beetle at around 6:30pm and headed for Driffield with Golf Girl following closely behind in her beautiful VW Golf “Dubby” – pictured here with the “Big Fat Tour 2011” in the back window.  As well as being a really lovely Volkswagen Golf, Rachel aka Golf Girl has some great stickers on the car, it looks excellent.


We arrived at Crosshill Car Park in Driffield at around 7:05 pm and there were a couple of dubs there already.  We waited for the rest to arrive while chatting and discussing our dubs and taking pictures.
You will notice from the pictures that there is something that doesn’t look quite like a VW – you would be right, Andrew one of the club members has owned many VWs in the past but currently has the Commer you see pictured.  There are some lovely rides in this club, I feel very privileged to be part of it.

Once everyone was here we all headed in convoy to the Warton Arms Pub at Woodmansey, about a half hour drive from the car park in driffield.

We then arrived at the pub in Woodmansey and had another photo opportunity moment and then went inside to get a pint.  We then sat outside for an hour chatting about dubs, and veedub events and other such things – of course it wasn’t all dub speak (just mostly!).  We had a lovely evening just relaxing and chatting with some genuinely lovely people.  We are now looking forward to the next meet!