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How digital is the VW group going?

C chief editor Birgit Priemer on the wish of VW CEO Herbert Diess to turn the brand's cars into rolling smartphones.

It was seldom the strength of the VW Group to be the first on the market with a new development: The trend towards vans, large or small SUVs - all missed at first. However, this has never harmed the success: Touran, Touareg, Tiguan are now bestsellers in their classes.

VW boss Herbert Diess now wants to tread the horse from the front in the truest sense of the word: the brand that once arose from the legendary Beetle and will in future develop smartphones on wheels, cars that are fully networked. There are many indications that the journey in the shadow of Google and Co. is also going there. But is VW a brand that conveys these values? Hasn't she just deported Johann Jungwirth, who has long been acclaimed as a digitization guru, or JJ for short, as Chief Digital Officer to the USA and thus to the desert?

The announcements are full-bodied: by 2025, 3 , 5 billion euros will be invested in this topic. So far so good. But what does the customer actually do with a rolling smartphone? Does he expect services in the car that he has long had on his classic smartphone or tablet? Is he willing to pay extra for something that he already gets for free? Google Maps, for example, is an ingenious, free alternative to the classic navigation system.

Sales in the digital business for Volkswagen should be around one billion euros by 2025. Comparable figures can be found at BMW, Mercedes and Co. But all of them still owe a concrete answer to the question of what is really behind this in terms of content - except for charging and billing services for e-cars and car sharing.

Others are already warming up: Telecommunications providers like Vodafone are pushing along Power in the car. You want to offer and monetize entertainment content - for the time when the car is driving autonomously. It will take a while until then, but there is at least a vision behind it.

Has digitization reached the car manufacturers? Verbally yes, not yet in terms of content. It is one of the most important tools to create desire among the younger generation. But that can be done with mere announcementscertainly not lure out from behind the screen of their smartphones But let's not be so pessimistic. Maybe it's the same as always: VW comes late, but then huge.

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Cover story

  • Autumn premieres: From Audi e-tron to BMW 3 Series and Z4 through to Range Rover Evoque and Skoda Spaceback, the range of new releases extends until the end of the year

Tests & Driving Reports

  • Skoda Fabia: Renovated small car in the driving report
  • BMW M2 and M5 Competition: Sports models optimized for driving dynamics with more power. Driving report
  • Mercedes-AMG C 43 T-Model: Midsize station wagon with all-wheel drive strengthened to 390 hp in the test
  • Peugeot 508, Renault Talisman, Skoda Superb: large sedans with turbo petrol engines in the comparison test
  • Subaru BRZ: What is the attraction of the small sports coupé?
  • Audi Q8 50 TDI, Mercedes GLE 350 d Coupé: large SUV coupés with V6 diesel engines in a comparison test
  • Lamborghini Huracán Spyder and Aventador Roadster: With two open-top super sports cars through the Dolomites
  • Kia Ceed, Opel Astra, VW Golf: Compact cars with around 150 hp petrol engines in a comparison test
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 70: An off-road veteran from Japan built for 34 years in the driving report
  • Schaeffler 4ePerformance: Electric racing car with four engines and 1,200 hp in the guise of the Audi RS 3 TCR. Tracktest

S ervice

  • Accessories and tuning: new things for car fans
  • Events: driver training and off-road tour for readers
  • City report: Introduction to the new series about major German cities


  • Prague: With the Skoda chief designer Oliver Stefani in the Felicia Cabrio through the Czech capital
  • Car auction: Bargain hunting at a classic auction . Micro-adventure
  • Buenos Aires: In a VW Up through Argentina's metropolis

Used cars

  • Mini: purchase advice
  • Mercedes Vito, Viano: purchase advice


  • Charging stations: Trouble about the wallbox installation


  • World Rally Championship: Germany
  • Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix

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Cars in the magazine

  • Audi Q8 50 TDI Quattro
  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW M2 /M5 Competition
  • BMW Z4
  • Bugatti Divo
  • Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDI
  • Lamborghini Huracán
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Mercedes GLE 350 d Coupé
  • Mercedes Vito,Viano
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door
  • Mercedes-AMG C 43 T-Model
  • Mini
  • Opel GT X Experimental
  • Opel Astra 1.4 DI Turbo
  • Peugeot 508
  • Porsche 911 (992)
  • Range Rover Evoque
  • Renault Talisman
  • Skoda Fabia
  • Skoda Spaceback
  • Skoda Superb
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 70
  • VW Golf 1.5 TSI


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