Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Volkswagen | posted September 15, 2015 16:07
Volkswagen CEO hints second generation Phaeton
In this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen has announced their their plans to offer 20 models featuring either plug-in hybrid or full electric technologies. Volkswagen's CEO, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, calls it “the reinvention of Volkswagen”.
"We are in the process of reinventing Europe's largest automaker, laying the technological, economic and structural foundations.Our Group already has the largest connected vehicle fleet on the road. By 2020 we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels," said Dr. Winterkorn.
In an official statement, Dr. Winterkorn said that Volkswagen is fully commited to electro-mobility and the planned 20 models with hybrid and electric technologies are proof of the company's dedication to greener powertrains. Volkswagen Auto Group has unveiled three cars featuring either hybrid or electric powerplants, the Tiguan GTE, the Audi e-Tron Quattro concept and the Porsche Mission E concept. At the moment the hybrid and electric lineup of Volkswagen consists of the e-Up!, the e-Golf and Golf GTE, the Jetta Hybrid and the Passat GTE. For the planned 20 car hybrid and electric line-up, Dr. Winterkorn said that electric powered Volkswagens will range from “compact cars to the next Phaeton and Audi A8.” hinting that there will be a second generation Phaeton.
At the time of writing, Volkswagen has not released definite dates and what specific models will be receiving electric and plug-in hybrid technologies. Volkswagen Auto Group is currently testing long-range electric vehicles with around 500 kilometers of range on a single charge.