The Volkswagen Group will continue its model initiative in fiscal year 2012 by introducing innovative, attractive vehicles, and will expand its offering.
In 2012, Volkswagen Passenger Cars will present not only the Passat Alltrack, the five-door variant of the up!, the Beetle convertible and the new CC, but also its second hybrid model, the Jetta Hybrid. All vehicles combine attractive design and innovation with groundbreaking quality in their segments. We shall also launch or revamp additional models in certain regions, such as the Lavida and the Sagitar in China or the Gol and the Voyage in South America. However, the highlight of 2012 will be the market launch of the new Golf, the brand’s highest-volume product. Like its predecessors, this model will set new standards in its segment with its typical brand attributes.
The Audi brand will also continue its production initiative in the premium segment in 2012: the new Audi A3 is the first Group model to use the opportunities offered by the modular transverse toolkit (see also Synergies boost efficiency). The Audi S6 and the S7 Sportback present the sports versions of the successful saloons. These models, which are fitted with a new biturbo V8 engine, offer increased performance but lower fuel consumption, thanks to cylinder deactivation. The hybrid versions of the Audi A6 and Audi A8 round off the brand's offering of vehicles with alternative and fuel-efficient drive technologies. Other models are the Audi A1 Sportback in the small car segment, the revamped Audi A4 and the Audi A6 allroad quattro estate derivatives, which offer special offroad functionality.
The ŠKODA and SEAT brands will launch the five-door version of the Citigo and the Mii in 2012. ŠKODA will also be celebrating the market launch of the European variant of the Rapid compact saloon. In addition, SEAT will be presenting the new Ibiza, while the brand will add another saloon to its range at the end of the year with the new Toledo.
Bentley will continue to upgrade its model range: following its introduction of the sporty-luxurious Continental GT Cabriolet in the reporting period, the brand will extend its offering to include the eight-cylinder Continental GT V8.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will supplement its Amarok range in 2012 with a fuel-efficient, high-performance version featuring an eight-gear automatic gearbox and BlueMotion technology. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Caddy with the Caddy Edition 30 special model.
We will also complement the Volkswagen Group’s model range where appropriate in 2013, further strengthening the Group’s market position. Starting then, the product portfolio will also include vehicles with pure electric power trains.