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Bringing the Future to Series Production

Sustainable mobility is a key element of our TRANSFORM 2025+ strategy and firmly embeds sustainability in the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

Central to this are measures to increase our products’ green credentials, reduce the environmental impact of production and logistics, optimize the ecological and social aspects of the entire value chain – from raw material extraction right through to recycling – and develop mobility solutions that relieve the strain on our towns and cities.

The Group’s core brand has a presence in more than 150 markets around the world and produces vehicles at over 50 manufacturing and assembly sites in 14 countries. In 2018, Volkswagen delivered around 6,2 million new cars to customers. The brand employs some 200,000 people, with another 74,00 people working in more than 7,700 dealerships around the globe. Volkswagen consistently pushes the boundaries of automotive construction. Electric mobility, smart mobility and digital transformation are pivotal priorities for the future of our brand.

The three highlight projects 2018

“The Volkswagen brand is transforming itself from pure automaker into a mobility services provider fit for the digital and e-mobility age”

  • 1. CO₂ neutral transfer to the customer throughout the entire life-cycle
  • 2. The electric offensive of the Volkswagen brand: growth in the ID. family
  • 3. Progress on environmental relief in production

CO₂ neutral transfer to the customer throughout the entire life-cycle

In 2018, Volkswagen announces its intention to be the first manufacturer to deliver a mass-produced electric vehicle across the entire supply chain and production in a climate-neutral manner: the new ID. with launch in 2020.

For its entire process chain, the following principle applies with regard to carbon dioxide emissions: first avoiding, then reducing and finally offsetting unavoidable emissions.

To this end, in the first step in the transformation of the Zwickau plant, comprehensive measures to increase energy efficiency were taken and the external power supply switched to green electricity. In addition, the manufacturers of the high-voltage battery were obliged to purchase green electricity for the production of the battery cells. Remaining emissions that can not be avoided or reduced in the short term are to be offset by climate protection projects.

In addition, the ID. be operated in a climate-neutral manner throughout the entire lifecycle if the customer consistently uses electricity from renewable energies during the usage phase.

In perspective, the comprehensive measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil energy sources are to be extended to other models.


The electric offensive of the Volkswagen brand: growth in the ID. family

¹The I.D., I.D. BUZZ and I.D. CROZZ concept vehicles are not for sale, hence not subject to EU Directive 1999/94/EC.

Achieving ambitious climate protection goals is hardly possible with conventionally powered vehicles. Therefore, the leap to the forefront of electromobility, which the Volkswagen brand aims to achieve by 2025, is a key component of the strategic realignment.

In addition to the already presented electric models ID., ID. BUZZ and ID. CROZZ, in 2018 Volkswagen shows another facet of electric mobility with the ID. Vizzion. The models mentioned above form a possible starting formation with which Volkswagen will launch the electric offensive in short intervals of 2020.

The technological backbone of this is the "Modular E-Drive Modular System" (MEB), one of the world's most powerful electrical architectures. It is consistently geared towards emission-free and digital mobility of the future and has been completely redeveloped.

Features include emission-free ranges of more than 550 kilometers, a price which equals conventionally powered models, a large space with compact external dimensions and in perspective the complete digital networking with update and upgrade capability.

Progress on environmental relief in production

Volkswagen has launched the first holistic environmental program in automobile production back in 2010. Measured are the indicators CO2, energy, water, waste and solvent emissions.

By implementing more than 7,000 measures to increase resource efficiency and switch to electricity from renewable energy sources at 12 international sites, an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 1 million tonnes has already been achieved.

At the same time, an annual cost saving of more than € 200 million was achieved. This shows that consistent environmental protection and efficient use of resources also bring economic benefits.

The target of 25 percent environmental relief in production for 2018 compared to 2010 was exceeded: Compared to the reference year, overall relief of 30 percent was achieved. By 2025, the Volkswagen brand has set a new target of 45 percent relief. This is another big step towards the vision of a "Zero Impact Factory", a production without any impact on the environment.

Awards 2018

Volkswagen Polo awarded the World Urban Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show

The current model generation of the Volkswagen Polo was awarded the prestigious World Urban Car of the Year award at the New York Auto Show 2018. The World Car Awards are presented once a year, and more than 80 international motor journalists from 24 countries vote on the best novelties on the world market. The award for the World Urban Car of the Year was awarded for the second time this year. The jury awards vehicles that are particularly suited to the challenges of congested traffic in major cities and metropolitan areas.

AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2018: Volkswagen honoured as the most innovative high-volume brand

The Volkswagen brand has been named the Most Innovative High-volume Brand for the third time in a row. The Group’s core brand was also presented with other awards in the categories ‘Alternative Drives’, ‘Autonomous Driving’ and ‘Safety and Conventional Drives’. The awards are presented annually by the Center of Automotive Management (an independent scientific institute), in cooperation with audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ten Volkswagen innovations highlighted by the study led the brand to win the award in the Alternative Drives segment. According to CAM, innovations that stood out in particular included the revamped Volkswagen e-Golf3 with its significantly improved range and power (an added 15 kW / 20 PS) and the natural gas version of the Polo4 (TGI), which has low CO2 emissions.

ADAC Ecotest 2018: e-Golf and e-up! are the best

The e-Golf wins the ADAC Ecotest, making it one of the cleanest cars in 2018. In second place was the all-electric city car e-up !. This secured the two current electric models from Volkswagen one of the most coveted awards for new vehicles. For behind the term "ADAC Ecotest" hides since 2003 one of the most demanding emissions tests for automobiles. In practical cycles, the ADAC Ecotest determines the local CO2 emissions and the exhaust gas values of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matter. Deviations lead to a worse rating. As the cleanest cars, the Volkswagen e-Golf and e-up! Models, which do not cause any local emissions, top the list of results with a maximum rating of five stars and beat 109 competitors.