Chronicle 2009

January 11
North American International Auto Show, Detroit

A mix of sheer driving pleasure and low fuel consumption: Volkswagen kicks off 2009 with this goal, unveiling the Blue-Sport concept roadster to the world at the North American International Auto Show.

“2009 Golden Angel” award for the new Golf (photo)

January 15
“2009 Golden Angel” award for the new Golf

The Scirocco and Passat CC also win awards. This means that three Volkswagen models secure places in the top 5. Audi is honored as the “Strongest Brand”.

January 30
“Best Cars of 2009”

More than 92,000 readers of the “auto motor und sport” journal have decided: The “Best Cars of 2009“ hail from Wolfsburg. The Polo, Golf and Multivan win in their respective categories.

The SEAT Ibiza is “Car of the Year” in Spain (photo)

February 5
The SEAT Ibiza is “Car of the Year” in Spain

Readers of the “La Vanguardia” newspaper and the specialist journal “Auto Fácil” vote the SEAT Ibiza as the “Car of the Year”.

February 12
Letter of intent signed by Volkswagen and Toshiba

The aim of this cooperation is to develop electric drive units and the accompanying power electronics for the planned New Small Family from Volkswagen.

March 3
International Motor Show in Geneva

At the Motor Show in Geneva 2009, the Polo BlueMotion concept, the new Golf BlueMotion, the Passat CC Blue TDI and the natural gas-powered Touran TSI EcoFuel make their debut. Škoda presents the new Yeti as well as the Octavia GreenLine model for the first time. SEAT introduces the new Exeo ST.

March 27
Group models received „All-Wheel Drive Cars 2009“ award

For the second year in a row, the Tiguan is voted “All-Wheel Drive Car of the year 2009” by a readers’ poll in the specialist journal “AutoBild Allrad”. The Škoda Superb also wins in its category.

Volkswagen opens new production plant in Pune, India (photo)

March 31
Volkswagen opens new production plant in Pune, India

Local production of vehicles begins in Pune. The Volkswagen Group strengthens its activities in the Indian subcontinent with its second production facility.

April 1
“Fleet Award 2009”

The Volkswagen Group is once again by far the most successful company in the “Fleet Awards 2009“. The best fleet models and fleet services are honored in a total of 15 categories.

“World Car Of The Year” (photo)

April 9
“World Car Of The Year”

The new Golf is voted “World Car Of The Year 2009” by a jury of representatives from 25 countries.

April 24
Passat TSI EcoFuel gains five-star rating in the ADAC EcoTest

The natural gas-powered Volkswagen is the first model to receive the fivestar rating in the ADAC-EcoTest, one of the most stringent emission tests for automobiles.

May 14
Official start of construction work on the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, USA

The US plant is an important step for the Volkswagen Group in reaching its growth goals in the North American market.

VfL Wolfsburg are the 2009 German soccer champions (photo)

May 23
VfL Wolfsburg are the 2009 German soccer champions

After twelve years in the Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg brings the 2008/2009-season championship trophy home to Wolfsburg for the first time. VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.

Volkswagen honored at the “International Engine of the Year Awards 2009” (photo)

June 17
Volkswagen honored at the “International Engine of the Year Awards 2009”

The 1.4 liter TSI engine achieves Volkwagen’s greatest success to date in the international competition for engine technology. In addition to earning the title “International Engine of the Year“, the engine is also awarded “Best Engine” and “Best Green Engine” in its category.

June 25
The Volkswagen Golf is “AUTO TEST Winner 2009”

Industry experts, journalists and customers vote the new Golf the “AUTO TEST Winner 2009”.

July 10
Outstanding safety: Five stars again for the Tiguan

The Tiguan is not only one of the most popular, but also one of the safest vehicles in its segment. Three independent crash tests underscore Volkswagen’s safety expertise with top marks.

July 13
Volkswagen models voted Best Company Car of the Year

The award of the title “Firmenauto des Jahres 2009” (Best Company Car 2009) by industry journal “Firmenauto” and the DEKRA organization makes Volkswagen the most successful company with five first places.

Audi celebrates its 100th birthday (photo)

July 16
Audi celebrates its 100th birthday

The Audi brand celebrates its 100th birthday with a week of festivities. It kicks off with a gala evening, presenting the brand’s success story in a multifacetted program.

August 12
“J.D. Power APEAL Study 2009”: Volkswagen earns the most awards

The most recent J.D. Power customer satisfaction study for the US market shows Volkswagen to be the biggest winner: Four models – the Golf GTI, Tiguan, Passat and Passat CC – take first place in their respective segments.

August 13
Volkswagen's Supervisory Board approves Comprehensive Agreement for an Integrated Automotive Group with Porsche

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG votes in favor of the Comprehensive Agreement that will create an integrated automotive group with Porsche.

380,000 visitors at the Autostadt in August (photo)

August 31
380,000 visitors at the Autostadt in August

In August 2009, the Autostadt experiences the most visitors in a month, at 380,000, since opening in the year 2000. The overall visitor count to date surpasses the 19 million mark in the same month.

September 1
Volkswagen presents Sustainability Report

The current edition is certified for the first time according to the new AccountAbility AA 1000 AS (2008) standard. The Group Sustainability Report is published every two years.

September 9
Volkswagen and LichtBlick enter into an energy partnership

Natural gas engines from Volkswagen will provide the future technical basis for the decentralized, networked “home power plants”, which will be sold in Germany by the Hamburg-based power company LichtBlick starting in 2010.

International Motor Show 2009, Frankfurt am Main (photo)

September 15
International Motor Show 2009, Frankfurt am Main

At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 2009, the Volkswagen Group impressively presents its competence in sustainable mobility. The E-UP! and L1 concepts attract particular interest from visitors.

October 6
Germany’s largest Volkswagen dealership opens in Berlin

Volkswagen strengthens its presence in the nation’scapital with its new dealership.

The Volkswagen Group begins full production in Kaluga, Russia (photo)

October 20
The Volkswagen Group begins full production in Kaluga, Russia

The plant in Kaluga moves into full production with an annual capacity of up to 150,000 vehicles. The Tiguan and Škoda Octavia models are the first to start, and three additional models will follow.

October 23
“Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2010”

The Audi A5 Coupé takes gold in the highest official design award in Germany in the product design category in this renowned competition.

“Golden Steering Wheel 2009” (photo)

November 4
“Golden Steering Wheel 2009”

The „Bild am Sonntag“ jury awards Volkswagen’s new Polo the “Golden Steering Wheel 2009” in the small car category. The Audi A5 Sportback wins in the mid-range category. The Polo BlueMotion rounds off Volkswagen’s success by winning the “Green Steering Wheel 2009”.

November 17
“International Truck of the Year”

Scania’s new R series receives the most prestigious trophy in the European truck sector.

November 19
Approval of implementation agreements

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG approves the implementation agreements for the Comprehensive Agreement with Porsche.

November 24
“Auto Trophy 2009”

More than 100,000 readers of the specialist magazine “Auto Zeitung” vote a total of ten models from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Škoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands as the best in their respective categories.

November 30
“Car of the Year 2010”

An international jury with 59 members representing 23 countries votes the new Polo “Car of the Year 2010”. This is the crowning achievement in an exceptional year for the Polo.

December 3
Extraordinary General Meeting

The shareholders of Volkswagen AG approve the Board of Management and Supervisory Board proposals at the Extraordinary General Meeting by a large majority. This includes the authorization to issue up to 135 million new non-voting preferred shares.

Investment in Porsche (photo)

December 7
Investment in Porsche

Volkswagen AG takes a 49.9 % stake in Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG via Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH and thus completes an important step towards the integrated automotive group.

December 9
Partnership with Suzuki

Volkswagen and the Suzuki Motor Corporation enter into a long-term strategic partnership. As the basis for this cooperation, Volkswagen will acquire 19.9 % of Suzuki shares; in return, Suzuki plans to invest up to half of the purchase price paid in Volkswagen shares.

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