Environment

Mayor Cindy Silva and Werner Mersch, Volkswagen’s Western Region Director, help the Dirito brothers break ground on the brand-new dealership.

Volkswagen Group of America continued growing its U.S. presence by becoming a permanent resident of the “Golden State.” Last week, VWGoA celebrated not one, but two groundbreakings, including the New Lab for Emissions Testing and Powertrain Development in Oxnard, Calif. and the 30,000-square-foot dealership in downtown Walnut Creek, Calif.

The $25 million lab will replace the existing facility in Westlake Village and will also serve as a customer service support center for Bugatti dealers in North and South America. Read more »

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Volkswagen Group of America is the Washington D.C. area’s only hometown automaker — a fact that we were excited to highlight during the Washington Auto Show. Moreover, nearly 400 VWGoA employees are proud to call the Washington area home.

During the Auto Show, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. President and CEO Jonathan Browning was joined by a host of community partners as he introduced the all-new American made Volkswagen Passat sedan to the Washington area. Read more »

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12,000 Jobs!

Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO Jonathan Browning revealed the all-new 2012 Passat to the world at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

The new Passat, designed in Germany with American tastes and lifestyles in mind, will be built in our Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, which is one of the world’s newest and most advanced auto assembly plants. Read more »

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Planting 4 million baby oysters in the Severn River outside Annapolis, Maryland, requires many hands and a bit of seed money. Volkswagen Group of America is proud of our hands-on support of this project and our relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, dedicated to restoring and protecting the largest estuary in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. Preserving this natural treasure is just one example of our environmental stewardship, which also includes student scholarships to the foundation’s student leadership summer youth program.

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Crystal Lim

Crystal Lim, Volkswagen Group of America Herndon, VA

Involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of Volkswagen Group of America. Not only do they enable us to grow and thrive as a company, but they take active volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable service and relief efforts.

Crystal Lim, Freight Analyst, Vehicle Logistics, with Volkswagen Group of America is just one of those persons. “I volunteered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at the Oyster Restoration Center. I was amazed by the breadth of their organization, and the fact that their intent was to protect the environment full circle from land to the watershed. I think volunteering is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees, and anyone in general, because it gives you an experience you may not have had otherwise. Volunteering teaches you about those in need. It allows you to appreciate what you have by giving back to the community.”

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TDI engineIn the 2010 comprehensive environmental rankings published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists are working for a healthy environment. Volkswagen tied Toyota for the lowest smog-forming pollutant emissions. According to the report,

“The newer and cleaner diesel models that Volkswagen now offers will be technologies to watch—especially to see if they can beat out other companies’ hybrids.”

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