In the past fiscal year, the Volkswagen Group continued to revamp and selectively expand its model portfolio in important segments; it comprises around 200 passenger car and commercial vehicle models and their derivatives. The Group thus covers almost all key segments and body types: from small cars to super sports cars in the passenger car sector, and from small pickups to heavy trucks in the commercial vehicles sector. We will successively move into open market segments that offer profitable opportunities for us.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand unveiled the new generations of the Touareg, Phaeton, Touran and Sharan in 2010. The range of environmentally friendly vehicles was also expanded with additional versions, such as the Polo BlueMotion* and the Touareg Hybrid*. In addition, powerful versions such as the Polo GTI* and derivatives such as the Cross Polo and Cross Golf were successfully launched in the market. In the fall, the new Passat rounded off the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand model rollout.
The Audi brand again met its own high standards in 2010. Sporting and technically superior vehicles made their market debut in the form of the Audi S5 Sportback, the Audi RS5 Coupé*, the Audi A7 Sportback, the Audi A8 as well as the 4.2 FSI quattro Spyder* and 5.2 FSI quattro Spyder* versions of the Audi R8. Another noteworthy addition is the Audi A1, which marks the brand’s move into a new vehicle class. The compact Audi A1 accommodates all the strengths of the brand in a vehicle that is only 3.95 meters long: progressive design, superior quality and groundbreaking efficiency.
At the beginning of 2010, Škoda launched the Superb Combi, a vehicle with smart details and an impressively spacious loading area. Other brand highlights included above all the product enhancements to the Fabia and Roomster series and the introduction of the new Fabia Combi RS*. The second-generation GreenLine versions are now available in all series, once again underscoring the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
The Ibiza ST, which was launched in the reporting period, complements the most successful series of our Spanish SEAT brand. This estate is the perfect vehicle for a young and sporty lifestyle, because it combines all the strong features of the brand: emotional and attractive design, dynamics and efficiency. In addition, the brand launched the new Alhambra, a vehicle that is both intelligent and versatile, making it the perfect companion for active, sporty people. It also provides plenty of space and flexibility so it can be used for work, family life and leisure.
A whole host of fascinating new models and derivatives was also launched by the Group’s luxury brands in 2010. Bentley expanded its model range by adding the Continental Supersports Convertible* – the fastest and most powerful convertible Bentley produced to date – and the brand’s new flagship, the exclusive Mulsanne*.
Lamborghini launched the Gallardo Superleggera* the impressive new top model of the Gallardo series. Bugatti highlighted its unique position by launching the Veyron Super Sport*, which set a new speed record for series vehicles in the reporting period.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled the completely redesigned Caddy in 2010 and entered the pickup segment by rolling out the new Amarok. This Amarok sets new standards in its class by combining the robustness typical for the segment with innovative technology, high safety standards and top marks for consumption, comfort and ergonomics.
In the past fiscal year, Scania presented the new V8 – the world’s most powerful truck. The introduction of the new V8 series gives Scania the technical solutions and the engine platform required to meet the Euro-6 emissions standard coming into force at the end of 2013.