In addition to the host of new series vehicles it presented, the Volkswagen Group attracted considerable attention in 2008 with many innovative concept vehicles and studies.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars debuted the new Golf BlueMotion concept car at the same time as premiering the new Golf. The BlueMotion consumes an average of 3.8 l of fuel per 100 km and emits 99 g/km CO2, the first time a compact class vehicle has reached such figures. The Passat BlueMotion II study was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle marries the technology components of the BlueMotion concept with the advantages of the new Blue TDI system, giving fuel consumption of just 4.1 l per 100 km and CO2 emissions of as little as 109 g/km.
Volkswagen presented an innovative drive concept in 2008 as a plug-in version with the Golf twinDRIVE, proving that e-mobility works with electric power combined with the long-haul mobility of a combustion engine. A fleet test with the twinDRIVE is being prepared for the period 2010 to 2012.
The Audi brand showcased the Audi A1 Sportback concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show. A five-door four-seater in the sub-compact segment, this follows the Audi A1 project quattro study presented in 2007. As a hybrid, this vehicle has not only a TFSI engine but also a 20 kW electric engine drive that delivers additional torque during acceleration and also helps to recover energy.
One of the highlights of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover was the unveiling of the new Volkswagen Pick-up by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as the upcoming fourth series model. The first pick-up of its kind to be manufactured by a European automaker, this vehicle will set new standards in its segment and is designed for the South American, South African and Australian markets in particular. Production is due to begin in fall 2009 at the Volkswagen plant in Pacheco, Argentina.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is focusing squarely on fuel efficiency and environmental compatibility with its Crafter BlueMotion concept vehicle. This 3.5-tonne truck uses just 9.1 l of diesel per 100 km and already meets the Euro 5 standards. A pioneering innovation: it is the first time that nitrogen oxides are significantly reduced in a commercial vehicle produced by Volkswagen through a catalytic converter using AdBlue technology.
At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Scania became the first manufacturer to present a truck powered by an ethanol engine that runs on renewable bioethanol fuel. This engine, which will be launched on the market in 2009, allows Scania to meet customers’ requirements for ecologically sustainable transport in cities and conurbations.