Volkswagen sets out plans for industry-leading environmental sustainability by 2018
Speaking before the Geneva Motor Show, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn said the manufacturer was on schedule to reach its self-imposed 120g/km average CO2 target by 2015, beating the EU’s 130g/km limit by 12g/km.
In the meantime, two thirds of its 50.2bn investment in the meantime will be put into efficient technologies, powertrains and vehicles, as well as environmentally friendly production, with a target of becoming the world’s most environmentally sustainable carmaker by 2018. Technology from the 313mpg XL1 diesel-electric hybrid could also be used in other series-produced models, he said.
‘Volkswagen is committing to reducing the CO2 output of the European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometre by 2020,’ Winterkorn explained. ‘That corresponds to a fuel consumption of less than 4 litres [per 100km] – across all segments and vehicle classes. This is a Herculean task calling for the best efforts of all our 40,000 developers. We can do it.’