Innovating

Looking ahead, moving forward, at home in America.

At Volkswagen Group of America, we don’t believe the future is an unknowable mystery, we believe it is a doorway of opportunity. And we believe the future of our company is vitally linked to leading-edge research, both inside and outside the company. We use our expertise to provide superior products through innovative and sustainable technologies.

From our products to our processes to our people, we’re celebrating our history in the U.S. by moving toward the future, each and every day.

Dedication of Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) at Stanford

We are a proud sponsor of Apogee, Stanford University’s entry in the 2010 American Solar Challenge, a competition to design, build and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time and distance rally event. Teams from 17 universities worldwide competed in the 1,100-mile drive from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to Naperville, Illinois, with Stanford taking 4th overall. Our support included providing the students with access to engineering expertise and mentorship from the researchers at the Electronics Research Lab, a Volkswagen Touareg as a support vehicle for the team, and financial support of $50,000 over the course of two years. The race is not over yet; the Stanford team hopes to participate in the World Solar Challenge, an 1,877-mile race across the Australian continent.

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On June 4, 2010, Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations opened the Volkswagen Academy, an innovative training center that will prepare employees for work at the Chattanooga plant, host an advanced vocational program and provide meeting facilities for outside groups. The center will promote personal growth for workers and will provide opportunities for those seeking employment, working closely with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Tennessee Technological University to ensure that local talent are exposed to Volkswagen early on. Read more »

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Junior

Developing the cars of tomorrow, at home in America.

At our Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Palo Alto, Calif., we employ a creative and confident team of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers, social scientists, and product designers committed to developing the cars of the future.

The ERL is positioning the Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) to become the epicenter of expertise for vehicle electronics in North America. Read more »

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Where German engineering meets American ingenuity.

Volkswagen Group of America and Stanford University’s School of Engineering welcomed German Chancellor and former physicist Angela Merkel on April 16, 2010, for the formal dedication of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) on the Stanford campus. Read more »

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Volkswagen Group of America Supports Stanford University And Solar Car Racing

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a proud sponsor of The Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP), which raced its car “Apogee” in the 2010 American Solar Challenge.  The Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time and distance rally event. Teams from 17 universities worldwide competed in the 1,100 mile drive from Broken Arrow, Okla., to Naperville, Ill., with Stanford taking an exciting 4th overall finish! Read more »

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