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Annual Report

Planned product measures

In light of increasingly tight exhaust and emissions regulations and a CO2-based vehicle tax, a vehicle’s CO2 emissions are becoming an increasingly important criterion for buyers. Volkswagen will therefore systematically pursue its efficient drive technology initiative and thus continue to consolidate its status as an innovation leader in the area of environmentally friendly mobility.

In the coming years, we will continue the technical downsizing program for our products and focus our activities on zero emissions. Our downsizing approach increases material and energy efficiency by reducing powertrain sizes, while retaining the original performance features. Volkswagen has invested a significant amount of research in pursuit of the goal of zero-emission e-mobility – whether as a “plug-in hybrid” or a pure electric drive. The projects will continue to improve the Volkswagen Group’s environmental impact.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand unites all fuel consumption and emission reducing activities under its BlueMotion Technologies umbrella brand. These technologies, including BlueMotion, BlueMotionTechnology, BlueTDI and TSI EcoFuel, set standards in consumption and CO2 emissions. They leverage innovations such as hybrid/electric drives, start-stop systems and braking energy recovery. These technologies are also used by other Group brands, for instance the Škoda “GreenLine” model series and SEAT ECOMOTIVE models. Audi also offers efficiency technologies as standard.

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