The Volkswagen Group’s goal is to offer CO2-neutral mobility based on renewable energy sources. By doing so, the Group is underlining its responsible approach to sustainability. Given the increasingly strict exhaust and emissions standards and the fact that vehicle taxation is CO2-dependent, vehicle CO2 emissions are playing a more and more important role in vehicle purchases. Volkswagen will therefore focus in depth on developing efficient drive technologies, thus enhancing its status as an innovation leader in the area of environmentally friendly mobility.
We shall continue to drive forward the issues of downsizing and zero emissions in our products in the coming years. Downsizing increases material and energy efficiency by reducing powertrain sizes, while retaining the original performance features. Volkswagen is expanding its e-mobility operations – which cover both plug-in hybrids and purely electric drives – thanks to its in-depth research. Our current and future projects will contribute to improving the Volkswagen Group’s environmental footprint on an ongoing basis.
The Volkswagen Group’s many different concepts underscore the high level of development and diversification expertise at the individual brands. Starting at the beginning of 2012, the Group will introduce cylinder management in the 1.4 TSI, making it the first manufacturer to implement this fuel-saving technology in series production of a charged four-cylinder engine. Using Think Blue as a holistic, ecological sustainability policy, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand not only combines innovative technology and solutions such as BlueMotion technologies, but also offers recommendations for reducing consumption and emissions when using products, for example, tips and training on how to save fuel. Volkswagen also supports a number of ecological projects and initiatives worldwide with Think Blue. In addition to its BlueMotion vehicles, the Blue TDI and TSI EcoFuel drivetrains also set standards for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They leverage innovations such as hybrid/ electric drives, start-stop systems and brake energy recuperation. Other Group brands such as ŠKODA ’s GreenLine model range and SEAT ’s ECOMOTIVE models also make use of this technology. Equally, Audi also offers efficiency technologies as standard.