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Volkswagen Named Most Innovative Car Manufacturer of the Decade

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Volkswagen had a perfectly wunderbar evening last night at the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards, where the automobile manufacturer was recognized with six honors.

Those titles include “Most Innnovative Company 2015,” first place in the categories of “Networked Vehicles,” “Vehicle Concepts,”  “Conventional Drives,” and “Safety Systems,” and biggest of all, the distinction of “Most Innovative Car Manufacturer of the Decade.”

The AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards are presented each year by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), an independent institute for automotive and mobility research that’s based in Germany.

CAM’s study found that “1251 individual innovations, 212 of which were world firsts, have been developed by Volkswagen in the last ten years. Highlights among these include the XL11, a platform for new technology; the Bugatti Veyron 2, the most powerful and fastest production vehicle; Audi’s LED matrix headlights; and the first dry dual clutch 7-speed gearbox to go into series production.”

Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron 2, which deserves all the trophies it can get
Photo: Damian Morys

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“I share this award with the 600,000 employees of all the 12 brands of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and all our locations around the world,” said Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi, as he accepted the award. “They are creating the mobility of tomorrow. It is their high-level technical expertise, great creativity and the excellent quality of their work that make the Volkswagen Group a leading innovator in the automotive field.”

VW Group head of drivetrain development, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, added that, “The key to a company’s success is its innovative strength. We will continue to extend our technological leadership and meet the technological challenges of the future with sustainable products.”

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