Volkswagen has confirmed development of two future drive system technologies at the 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium. Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn shared that the company is working on a high-performance diesel engine capable of producing 136 PS per liter of displacement and a new fuel-efficient 10-speed dual clutch transmission.

Winterkorn stressed that over the medium and long-term different drive system technologies would exist side by side. These would range from highly efficient internal combustion engines and natural gas systems all the way to hybrids and electric vehicles. On this basis the Volkswagen Group was working towards its declared objective of lowering the European new car fleet’s CO2 emission level to 95g of CO2/km by 2020.

“Since the year 2000, we’ve reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30 per cent. I’m convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15 percent,” Winterkorn emphasized. 

The company is also looking at the great potential for natural gas drive systems. “The gas engine is environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use. The technology is fully developed and the vehicles are already on the market,” said Winterkorn. The new eco-up! is rated at 79g of CO2/km  and is regarded as the world’s most economical natural gas car. Natural gas technology will be systematically rolled out with the Golf TGI BlueMotion and the Audi A3 g-tron.

“Over the coming years we will electrify all vehicle classes in this way and help electrically powered motoring to make the breakthrough,” added Winterkorn.

VW’s first plug-in hybrids, the Porsche Panamera and Audi A3 e-tron, will shortly be going into full production. They will be followed by plug-in versions of the Golf, Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne.